First time buyers – How much deposit do you need to buy your first property?

If you are about to take the big leap onto the property ladder and become a first time buyer, you will no doubt be wondering how much of a deposit you will need to save towards your mortgage. The deposit is the lump sum you pay upfront towards the total […]

Unexpected holiday home investment hotspots

Over recent years, the abolition of tax relief on mortgage interest, changes to stamp duty and an ever-increasing regulatory burden have seen many (former) buy-to-let landlords looking to diversify their portfolios away from purely residential buy-to-let, some have even exited the residential buy-to-let market completely. While commercial property may seem […]

The governments impact on the private rental sector

Sometimes the best-intentioned efforts can have unintended consequences. The government, for example, has been making fairly robust efforts to try to help renters, but at best they appear to have had limited impact. At worst, they may have actively backfired. Social rental versus private rental It may be a bit […]

Can the government bring about the tax reforms property investors are calling for?

With Britain expected to depart the European Union by October 31 and still no deal in place, it’s fair to say now is a sensitive time in British politics. However, negotiating Brexit is not the only major challenge confronting the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. The British economy, while hardly […]

5 benefits of buying a new build

Whilst a traditional aesthetic is attractive for a large proportion of consumers, the feeling of owning and putting your own stamp on a new build can vastly outweigh the appeal of older, more traditional houses. Not only are they becoming more desirable, especially for first-time buyers, but new builds offer […]

Can Boris Johnson reinvigorate the Northern Powerhouse?

The Northern Powerhouse. A concept coined by ex-Chancellor George Osborne five years ago, which at the time symbolised his ambitions to unite the great cities of the North – from Liverpool to Hull – and eradicate the North-South divide. Different strategies were laid out to achieve this goal, including the […]

Why Developers Must Make New-Builds Attractive

A recent report issued by one of Britain’s biggest mortgage lenders, Santander, found that 70% of young people now believe the dream of home ownership is over for their generation. While this figure is particularly stark, it’s merely the latest in a series of findings that reflect the current state […]