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Government Offer 20% Discount to All First-time buyers

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 01 March 2015 17:30.

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 value.

Data Protection Breaches – How Serious Is Industry Taking Them?

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 16 February 2015 10:30.

Recent research suggests that financial services have been a major perpetrator of Data Protection breaches over recent years with a disturbing rise in sensitive information being disclosed to the wrong recipients in many key industries. “Convenience, not security, continues to be key when information is being shared with third parties, regardless of the risks” according to the conclusions of a report published by data software company, Engress.

Millions Overpaying on Mortgages -The Cost of Complacency?

Written by Rob Killeen on Sunday, 01 February 2015 17:30.

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 Killeen, Business Manager at Capital Fortune, considers how misguided they may be?

The challenges on taking out a UK mortgage as an expat

Written by Sam Jones on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:30.

We speak to people all the time who have left the UK to work abroad either for work or to be with family or friends.

In London today companies can relocate individuals anywhere around the world with law and financial firms having a global footprint particularly in places such as Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.

Lenders cut rates on long-term fixes

Written by Sam Jones on Friday, 16 January 2015 00:30.

We are delighted to see mortgage rates plunge to even greater depths, across the board.  With interest rates at 0.5% and not appearing to be moving anywhere fast, borrowers on standard variable rate mortgages are still enjoying incredible low borrowing costs.

Economic Headwinds

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:00.

The Bank of England has signalled rates will stay at a rock bottom 0.5 per cent for another year. This is due to economic headwinds stirring in the Eurozone and a slowdown of Chinese growth.

Housing market cools as price growth slows

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 23 October 2014 19:00.

We are concerned to report the first signs that the UK housing market is starting to cool after a long run of price rises.

More pension freedoms could boost mortgages

Written by Sam Jones on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 19:00.

We are pleased to see the Treasury unveiling more and more freedoms to access pension pots. Chancellor George Osborne today confirmed pensioners could use their pots like a bank account. From next April all over 55's will be able to access their pot ion full and make as many withdrawals as they wish.

Scotland launches major overhaul of stamp duty

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 13 October 2014 19:00.

We were delighted to see Scotland announce plans to reform the outdated slab structure of stamp duty last week.

The new rates will come into effect in April and unlike the English and Welsh system will only be payable on the amount of the purchase price above the stamp duty thresholds.

Carney pushes rate rise back to 2015

Written by Sam Jones on Friday, 15 August 2014 10:20.

We are delighted to see the Bank of England signal rates will not rise until next year. With a rapidly improving economy the Bank was expected to act before the end of this year. Base rate has been locked at a rock bottom record low of 0.5 percent for more than five years.