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UK 'pays highest property taxes'

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 29 December 2013 23:07.

British people pay the highest levels of property taxes in the developed world and more than twice the average for the 34 rich countries in the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, according to a think-tank report.

31% pay 'unaffordable' rent or mortgage costs

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 08 December 2013 16:39.

Thirty one per cent of people paying a mortgage or rent spend more than a third of their disposable income each month doing so, a survey for BBC Panorama suggests.

Half of new homeowners don't change locks

Written by Sam Jones on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 19:47.

More than half of UK home buyers (58%) didn't change the locks when they purchased their property - meaning that they couldn't say for certain who has access to their home, research from Ocean Finance has found.

Shared Ownership Now More Affordable than Help to Buy

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 25 November 2013 11:22.

An independent think tank, the Resolution Foundation. claims that the major expansion of newly-built shared ownership could help low and modest income working families across the country onto the property ladder.

Soldiers Remembered – Forgotten by Lenders?

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 10 November 2013 00:01.

We have celebrated the sacrifices of the armed services since King George V organised the first Armistice Day on 11th November 1919 but a century later, how can the financial industry really support them?

Down-valuations continue to fall as economy recovers

Written by Sam Jones on Saturday, 09 November 2013 13:13.

The proportion of homes down-valued by surveyors continued to fall across the entire UK in the third quarter, according to research from e.surv.

UK Insurers face storm bill of up to £500m

Written by Sam Jones on Friday, 08 November 2013 08:26.

Insurers are facing the biggest UK storm-related loss in almost seven years with a forecast bill to the industry of as much as £500m.

With the Credit Squeeze in the Rear View Mirror - What's Happening in the Rental Market?

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:05.

With the credit squeeze seemingly further and further away in the rear view mirror, what is going to happen to the private rental market?

Rates Double for 90% LTV mortgages

Written by Sam Jones on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 08:41.


The interest rate for a 90% LTV 2 year fixed rate mortgage is now two and a half times higher than a 60% LTV product of the same type, Mortgage Brain's quarterly product data analysis has revealed.

Average Brit Spends Almost A Year Off Sick

Written by Sam Jones on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 17:01.

The average Brit spends almost a year (360 days) off sick throughout their working life, according to LV= research.