Why the perfect time to sell could be between Christmas and New Year

Traditional wisdom says that the festive period is one of the worst times of the year to be a home seller and traditional wisdom has long been right. Times, however, change and while Christmas and New Year are still massively important holidays, they’re no longer periods of total buyer hibernation, […]

Why now could be a good time to buy in London despite Brexit looming

London house prices may not be falling down, but there’s no doubt that they are cooling down, in some cases very noticeably. From an investment perspective, the key question here is whether this slowdown is a sign of long-term issues with the London housing market (and hence a warning signal) […]

Court of Appeal delivers controversial leasehold property decision

Long leaseholders of residential flats across England and Wales could face significant difficulties in what they are permitted to do with their properties as a result of a controversial Court of Appeal judgment. The ruling, which has generated substantial commotion in the property world, has the potential to thwart residential […]

Buy to let changes for 2019

As 2018 draws to an end, there has been much to reflect upon in the buy to let market. There is plenty for landlords to ponder heading into 2019, as Andrew Turner, chief executive at specialist buy to let broker, Commercial Trust, explores. An evolving market The past couple of […]

Are new HMO rules practically unenforceable on the ground?

Government plans to crack down on rogue landlords through the expansion of mandatory HMO licensing look set to fall short – according to new figures from Simple Landlords Insurance. The changes will not only leave most criminal landlords outside of the licensing system, but will increase the administrative and cost […]

Councils struggling to enforce government’s HMO legislation

Government plans to protect tenants from poor living conditions through the expansion of mandatory HMO licensing look set to fall way short of their ambition. Figures obtained by Simple Landlords Insurance reveal the majority of local authorities don’t know how many unlicensed HMOs are in their area – let alone […]

Tips for buying and selling to beat a slow property market

The latest survey by the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS) has painted a grim picture for buyers and sellers alike, and paired with political uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations, the UK property market continues to lack the vigour it once boasted. In recent years we have experienced a slight uplift […]

Brokers hold the key to unlocking credit for UK property investors

35% of UK landlords rely on brokers to guide their financial choices, while 41% admit they lack knowledge of the options available to them New research by Market Financial Solutions (MFS) has explored the vital role of financial brokers in assisting property investors in the UK. The bridging lender commissioned independent research […]