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How the Budget can help you save for a mortgage

Created on 22 May 2015. Posted in Live News

Last month’s Budget had a number of important changes to savings policy in this country that could help improve you’re financial planning. If you are a first-time buyer then there was a specific policy ...

Will the general election affect my mortgage?

Created on 06 May 2015. Posted in Live News

... of the next Government.  Indeed there is much more concern with ballooning prices among Labour and access to homes for first-time buyers. In certain areas the party has said it wants to restrict ...

Labour plans to cut stamp duty for first-time buyers

Created on 01 May 2015. Posted in Live News

We are pleased to see more reform of stamp duty in the plans of politicians ahead of the general election. Labour is promising to abolish stamp duty on homes worth less than £300,000 for the first three ...

Could you pay capital gains tax on your first property?

Created on 17 March 2015. Posted in Live News

... in expensive areas. The Government has already shown its willingness to cat by charging capital gains tax on the first homes of foreign buyers for the first time last year. Could it be ready to act ...

Government Offer 20% Discount to All First-time buyers

Created on 01 March 2015. Posted in Live News

The Government's plans to offer a 20% discount to all first time buyers launched this weekend allowing first time buyers in England, under the age of 40 to register to buy new homes for 80% of the market ...

Is Help to Buy Causing a Housing Bubble?

Created on 05 May 2014. Posted in Live News

... primary aim is to aid people in buying their first homes and raising the right deposits. The scheme is split into two parts. The Scheme - Part 1 Firstly, Help to Buy 1 is available on new-build homes ...

Govt Considers New Stamp Duty Band at £250K

Created on 24 March 2014. Posted in Live News

... stamp duty needs major reform to end the slab structure and become an easier tax to pay. In London it is a tax on first-time buyers and can cost almost as much as the deposit needed. It is a major ...

Is Prime London Property Now An Investment Arm of the Super-Rich?

Created on 12 February 2014. Posted in Live News

... Gains Tax on foreign buyers of residential property for the first time. The tax rise only raises around £100m a year but the symbolism could be more costly. Foreign buyer crackdown Civitas wants ...

Landlords look to buy more properties

Created on 10 February 2014. Posted in Live News

... the fundamentals are strong. The average first-time buyer is 38, without parental help, due to rising house prices and demographic change. Today there are a growing number of students, immigrants and ...

Free Stamp Duty With the TSB ?

Created on 18 January 2014. Posted in Live News

...  Despite the high revenues we would like to see reform of Stamp Duty to make it fairer. In recent years there have been Stamp Duty holidays for first-time buyers up to £250,000. This allows first-timers ...

Bank of England Must Limit House Price Booms, says RICS

Created on 06 October 2013. Posted in Live News

... increases in house prices could break through the 5% barrier this year, owing to increasing demand from first-time buyers at a time when the number of homes for sale remains low. Joshua Miller, senior ...

UK Ex Pat Mortgages for British Expats in Dubai

Created on 18 August 2013. Posted in UAE

... to those living in the Emirates. Our London team, successfully assist both first time and next time buyers resident in Dubai who are non-UK tax payers. They are usually looking for a repayment or a mortgage ...

Sub-prime lender launches to help adverse borrowers

Created on 06 August 2013. Posted in Live News

A new sub-prime lender has launched into the mortgage market aimed at borrowers with an adverse credit record. Magellan Homeloans is the first major sub-prime lender to launch since the crash and a sign ...

Mortgage lending rockets 26 per cent in June

Created on 28 July 2013. Posted in Live News

... than the the record-breaking May which saw £14.7bn lent for the first time since October 2008. Significantly it is also 26 per cent higher than June 2012 when £11.9bn was lent in total. Gross lending ...

Santander Joins Help to Buy Scheme

Created on 27 July 2013. Posted in Live News

...  It is the first instalment of Help to Buy with the second mortgage indemnity guarantee due to launch in January. It allows borrowers to access a 75 per cent loan to value mortgage with a 20 per cent ...

Stamp Duty Debate Hots Up With Scottish Reforms

Created on 26 July 2013. Posted in Live News

... expensive with tens of thousands of pounds often needed just to pay the tax on a property purchase. Someone buying a £2m home will be slapped with a £140,000 tax bill. For first-time buyers the the cost ...

UK economy grows 0.6 per cent in second quarter

Created on 25 July 2013. Posted in Live News

It seems that the UK economy has grown by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter of the year compared to the first quarter as the recovery picks up pace which is great news.  After 0.3 per cent growth ...

Renters Suffer Inflation More than Homeowners

Created on 17 July 2013. Posted in Live News

... investment. Safe as houses It means that if you are looking to buy your first home by pumping your money into a home, particularly in London and the south east, you could earn more than a savings account ...

99.5% of Consumers Don't Undertsand Mortgages - Which?

Created on 21 June 2013. Posted in Live News

... 30 per cent of people who have remortgaged, a quarter of people who had bought their first home in the past five years and 22 per cent) of potential homebuyers could correctly ranked the cheapest and most ...

Sky-high deposits Force More People To Rent

Created on 17 June 2013. Posted in Live News

The average first-time buyer deposit stands at £26,956 forcing more people into the private rented sector. Halifax's third annual Generation Rent report is based on interviews with 20 to 45 year olds and ...