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 […]

Can the new Prime Minister solve the housing crisis?

Coming as no surprise to those who had been eagerly following the Conservative Party leadership contest, Boris Johnson was appointed the party’s new leader last week – and, in turn, the next Prime Minister of the UK. Johnson’s future policy ambitions are paved with questions, particularly when it comes to […]

What is the ‘Six Month Rule’, and why do we have it?

Put simply, the ‘Six Month Rule’ says that if you buy a property you can’t finance or refinance within six months of purchase. Or, if you finance or refinance a property, you can’t then refinance within 6 months of financing or refinancing. So, as an example, if you buy a […]

A Short Guide to Property Investment in 2019/20

Property can be a very profitable way to invest, whether you want to create a nest egg for your children or retire early and follow your passions. It is a good time to invest too because of a growing UK population where property supply doesn’t meet demand. As a result, […]

More landlords shift to two-year fixed buy to let deals

Are more landlords looking for a short-term solution to ride out the economic and political chaos created by Brexit? That is the question posed after specialist buy to let broker Commercial Trust Limited revealed a growing number of two-year fixed rate buy to let applications, in the first half of […]

Things to consider when buying a second home for investment purposes

Buying an investment property is very different from buying a family home or a holiday home. Here are some points to consider before parting with your cash. Are you buying for capital growth or income? Buying for capital growth essentially means using a property as a bricks-and-mortar savings account with […]

New research reveals best buy-to-let yields are found in university towns

University towns and buy-to-let essentially go hand-in-hand. Students need a place to live and the vast majority of them are “natural renters”. Even if they were in a financial position to buy a property (which a few of them are), they are at a stage in their lives when flexibility […]