Finance & Mortgages

Six Things No One Ever Tells You About Home Ownership

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

You’ve finally purchased your own home – congratulations! You’re no longer dealing with a grumpy landlord or even grumpier parents. That said, you do wish that you were told these six things before you collected those keys. 1. Paperwork – You Need It, All (and A Basement to Store It In) Who knew that in […]

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To Buy or To Rent? THAT is the question.

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Your parents say you’re throwing money away. Some of your friends are already proud homeowners. As for your work colleagues? They say that if you don’t buy now, you’ll never get on the property ladder. But is renting really all that bad? As we’ll explore in this blog, buying may not be right for everyone. […]

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Making Your Estate Agent Work Overtime

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Selling your home? Get set for a long, arduous, stressful journey if you don’t have the right tactics in place for ensuring your estate agent works overtime. Here’s our how-to… 1. Take Care in Picking the Right Estate Agent When it comes to estate agents, reputation matters, so do your research. Look to online review […]

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How Your Buyer’s Mortgage Lender Could Veto Your House Sale

Monday, May 7th, 2018

You thought you were super diligent when selling your home. You spoke with many estate agents, gained many valuations, and went with one of the higher ones. Finally, you received an offer, and after some negotiations, you settled on a figure you were both happy with. But now your buyer’s mortgage company won’t lend for […]

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Removals Services – Should I Pay a Deposit?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Here’s the problem – every removals company sets their own rules and fee structure. No two firms are the same – leaving those organising their move confused and unable to compare quotes like for like. If this sounds familiar, you may want to read our guide: Apples for Apples: Four pointers for comparing removal quotes. […]

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Surviving Conveyancing – Problems and Expectations

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Few property purchases go without a hitch – with many a potential stumbling block to trip over during the conveyancing process resulting in three in 10 property purchases falling through (costing the buyer on average £2899). It then makes sense to prepare yourself for the conveyancing process. Here we take a look at some of […]

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The Stamp Duty Surprise – What It Means

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Recently we blogged about how the Conservatives were hoping to boost the savings of first-time buyers through their Help to Buy ISA (if you missed it, you can read the blog right here: The complete guide to the Help-to-Buy ISA). Yet despite this and other schemes (such as the Help to Buy Shared Ownership scheme) […]

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Step into the Neighbourhood: Yorkshire’s ‘Golden Triangle’

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Recently we blogged about what it’s like to move to York – with museums a plenty, history around every corner and day trips, parks and high living galore. Yet for most there’s an elusive region out of financial reach – a glittering collection of Yorkshire towns and villages that are pulling in some of the […]

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Four Rapid-Fire Tips for Moving Home and Sticking to your Budget

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

If you’ve kept up with our blog then you should already be quids in – whether renting out your old property with a boosted rental yield thanks to our tips, or having sold up quickly by staging your home right (and avoiding paying over the odds on estate agent fees). Now that you’re counting down […]

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Completion Day – The Complete Guide for First-Time Buyers

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Mortgages, huh, who needs them? As it turns out, most of us (unfortunately). Yet this necessity doesn’t make putting up with delays and red tape any easier. Here we explore completion day – what to expect, and how you can plan ahead for nasty surprises. What is the ‘completion’ of a mortgage? Completing on a […]

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Adding it up: Five elements that influence the cost of moving home

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Whether scaling up the property ladder or moving into a new rental, moving home can be seriously expensive. When trying to keep those purse strings under control, it pays to be aware of how the cost of moving is affected by the following five core factors. Five factors that’ll affect the cost of your move… […]

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