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UK 'pays highest property taxes'

Created on 29 December 2013.

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 ...

Foreign Buyers Account for 50% of Top London Home Purchases

Created on 12 October 2013.

Half of buyers of central London property costing more than £1m were foreign, according to research by Knight Frank, the property group.

New Build Supply Creates Trouble For Buyers

Created on 21 February 2013.

The number of new homes starting to be built in 2012 fell by 11%, compared to 2011. This comes from the findings of the property builders Barratt, who also claim that the number of new homes finished this ...

Mortgage Payments Take Priority in 2013 Household Spending

Created on 18 January 2013.

Mortgage repayments will take an increasing priority in a third of households’ spending in 2013, according to a survey by Legal & General Mortgage Club (L&GMC). 

New Build Plans to Ease Market Pressure

Created on 11 January 2013.

Local communities are expected to develop robust plans to build new affordable housing for the next five years, as part of the Planning Minister’s desire to ease the pressure on the housing market.  ...

UK Expat Mortgages in Qatar

Created on 05 July 2017. Posted in Live News

... list of conditions for Qatar to meet- including shutting down Al Jazeera, a news agency and broadcaster. Despite the political situation and challenging lending climate, we remain able to secure mortgage ...

Expat in Malaysia Buying New Build Flat

Created on 25 March 2017. Posted in Ask the Specialist

Hi, Do you provide any buy-to-let mortgages that are based solely on rental income rather than affordability? I'm looking for 60% on a £325K new build completing in August. I'm a UK citizen based in ...

Building Society Rates Lower Than Banks

Created on 16 February 2017. Posted in Live News

Competition is still fierce in the mortgage market, and with many high street banks claiming to launch the cheapest products ever on their records, many borrowers could assume that the mortgage rates from ...

What Does Brexit Mean for Britain?

Created on 24 June 2016. Posted in Live News

The results from Newcastle last night around midnight, were the first indication that all was not well with the Remain vote. The North East powerhouse was predicted to be a strong Remain supporter given ...

Building Societies Offering Better Interest Rates Than Banks

Created on 23 June 2016. Posted in Live News

... many would assume that mortgage rates from these providers would be significantly lower than those offered by the rest of the market, but our new research has found that this isn't actually the case, and ...

Expats, Mortgages and Foreign Currency

Created on 07 October 2015. Posted in Live News

... Group and could prove devastating for expats earning their wages in foreign currencies. All banks are putting the blame on tough new EU mortgage rules set to come into force next April, particularly ...

Five key ways a Tory election win affects your mortgage planning

Created on 29 May 2015. Posted in Live News

...  So what does it mean? Firstly, it saw the pound strengthen significantly after the election. That is great news for any expat who owns property in the UK as the value of that home is worth more. If ...

Nationwide axes foreign currency mortgages

Created on 25 May 2015. Posted in Live News

We are very concerned to learn that Nationwide Building Society is no longer offering new mortgage loans to individuals with income paid in foreign currency. The shift came into force on April 8 and ...

Buy to let booms 13% in a year

Created on 14 May 2015. Posted in Live News

Buy-to-let is booming. That’s what the latest figures from the Bank of England tells us anyway with a 13 per cent year on year growth. We believe this is fantastic news for current and aspiring landlords ...

Will the general election affect my mortgage?

Created on 06 May 2015. Posted in Live News

... which are currently unregulated. This would create new rules around how landlords can get mortgages and would be again likely to push up the cost of mortgage rates. Taxation We can see how policies on ...

Could you pay capital gains tax on your first property?

Created on 17 March 2015. Posted in Live News

... been positive with new schemes such as Help to Buy being introduced to help borrowers get on the ladder. It offers Government support to many looking for a 5% deposit mortgage but has been criticised ...

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 ...

Data Protection Breaches – How Serious Is Industry Taking Them?

Created on 16 February 2015. Posted in Live News

... with new European proposals being discussed at the European parliament. It is suggested that fines have to significantly increase to ensure data protection is more on the Board agenda for most companies. ...

Millions Overpaying on Mortgages -The Cost of Complacency?

Created on 01 February 2015. Posted in Live News

New research by Capital Fortune indicates that millions of borrowers may be overpaying on their current standard variable mortgages due to complacency. In light of the numerous deals now available, Rob ...


Created on 08 January 2015. Posted in Landing Pages (New)

... banks and building societies withdrawing from the ex pat market. There remains a number of competitive options available. Typically, we deal with ex pats based in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the ...