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Rental roundup: rents set to rise by 15% by 2023, while more landlords switch to company set-up

Thursday, 09 August 2018 | News

A supply shortage could push up rents up by 15% over the next five years, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Should I buy the freehold to my flat or should I wait for new rules that may make it cheaper?

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 | Question and Answer

Naomi Rennard, head of membership at HomeOwners Alliance, says: Buying the freehold of an apartment means, in reality, purchasing the freehold of the whole building alongside some, if not all, of your fellow flat owners ...

Equity release is a 'ticking time bomb', claims think tank

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 | News

There is a ‘ticking time bomb’ in the equity release mortgage sector, with companies significantly undervaluing the ‘no negative equity guarantees’ they offer borrowers, a new report claims.

Insurance-backed deposit schemes 'will give tenants nothing back'

Monday, 06 August 2018 | News

A report suggesting that deposits for renting a home should be replaced by a more affordable insurance-backed scheme has been criticised by a tenants’ campaign group. 

Interest rate rise: borrowers facing higher mortgage bills urged to fix

Thursday, 02 August 2018 | News

Households that are still on standard variable rate mortgages (SVRs) are being urged by brokers to consider switching.

Hidden fees cost borrowers an extra £900 on 'best' mortgage deals

Thursday, 02 August 2018 | News

Homeowners choosing the lowest rate mortgage deal with one of the UK’s big six lenders could pay almost £900 extra once fees and charges are factored in, according to analysis of fixed deals.

Lenders pledge to help 'mortgage prisoners'

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 | News

Lenders representing 93% of the residential mortgage market will be contacting thousands of ‘mortgage prisoners’ trapped on high interest rates to offer them a chance to switch to a better deal.

Exit of 'amateur' landlords could boost private pension pots by £28bn

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 | News

With one in five (19%) amateur buy-to-let landlords planning to sell up in the next five years, as much as £28 billion could be released and added to their pension pots, according to analysis of tax and housing data.

Ban gazumping: 'housing market in need of reform'

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 | News

More than half of households (55%) want to see gazumping banned, according to research into the housing reforms Brits would like the government to introduce.

Vulnerable widows reluctant to downsize

Monday, 30 July 2018 | News

Elderly widows are reluctant to downsize to tackle their financial problems, according to new research from Key Partnerships.