Home & mortgage

Give older homeowners tax break to ease housing crisis

Reducing the amount of stamp duty tax applied to older home buyers could alleviate the pressure on the UK housing market and free up much-needed housing stock.

Nationwide becomes first major lender to offer equity release

Friday, 17 November 2017 | News

Nationwide has become the first major lender to offer equity release products to older borrowers.

Low housing supply keeps prices steady

Friday, 17 November 2017 | News

Much like last month, property prices are continuing to go up – albeit at a fairly slow pace – especially when looking at properties that have been sold and have completed, as is the case with the UK House Price Index for...

Homes in the city take 96 days to sell

Friday, 17 November 2017 | News

It typically takes 96 days – that’s almost 14 weeks ­– to sell a home in Britain’s major cities, but there are wide regional variations and it can be as little as 41 days in some Scottish cities, according to new research.<...>

Ask the Experts: Why should my husband's home mean I'll pay extra tax on buying a property?

Thursday, 16 November 2017 | Question and Answer

The Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS) applies to transactions in Scotland and is similar in scope to the additional stamp duty rate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Theresa May pledges to “build more homes, more quickly”

Thursday, 16 November 2017 | News

The Prime Minister is making it her personal mission to tackle Britain’s housing crisis and to “build more homes, more quickly”.

Brits’ obsession with housing wealth ‘could make us poorer’

Thursday, 16 November 2017 | News

Government support for homeownership through schemes such as Help to Buy...

Naive mortgage borrowers are ‘sleepwalking into a financial nightmare’

Thursday, 16 November 2017 | News

Homeowners could be paying over the odds for their mortgage thanks to a lack of basic financial understanding, a consumer group has warned.

Taylor Wimpey: ‘Substantial majority’ of leaseholders will get new deal

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 | News

Taylor Wimpey has announced in a recent trading statement that the “substantial majority” of its home buyers who are caught up in leases with escalating ground rents will be able to switch to fairer leasehold contracts.

First rate rise for 2.6 million first-time buyers: Act now to prevent a mortgage shock

Friday, 03 November 2017 | News

With the base rate raised for the first time in a decade, there is an entire generation of mortgage holders in the UK who have never experienced a rise.

Property market hares and tortoises – which regions sell houses fastest?

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 | News

Homes in the north east are the slowest to sell, according to research from HouseSimple.