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....“We believe the government should go much further, and set out a plan to abolish the leasehold system over time. There are no redeeming qualities to the leasehold system, which is so complex and confusing to the public that partial reforms will mean it will remain a vehicle for unscrupulous landlords and investment companies to unfairly make money from homeowners. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The six estate agents, all based in the Burnham-on-Sea area of Somerset, had a meeting and agreed to fix their minimum commission rates at 1. 5%, thereby denying local homeowners the chance of getting a better deal when selling their homes. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Below a picture of a flooded landscape it says that it is “making risk more profitable” for the UK’s biggest home and motor insurer, and that the UK floods of 2007 were the main catalyst for a project it handled for the Direct Line subsidiary NIG. Money asked the London mayor’s office if the flood risk for homeowners in places such as Bermondsey really is as high as Direct Line appears to be suggesting. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The average age of our clients is now 41,” the charity said in its half-year report. “We are seeing fewer homeowners and an increased number of renters contacting us for advice and support with their problem debt,” it said. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Direct Line, why has my home insurance gone up by 442% in one year? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 05:59:08 AM
.... Below a picture of a flooded landscape it says that it is “making risk more profitable” for the UK’s biggest home and motor insurer, and that the UK floods of 2007 were the main catalyst for a project it handled for the Direct Line subsidiary NIG. Money asked the London mayor’s office if the flood risk for homeowners in places such as Bermondsey really is as high as Direct Line appears to be suggesting. ...
New figures reveal scale of controversial leasehold homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of September 2017 01:17:20 PM
....“We believe the government should go much further, and set out a plan to abolish the leasehold system over time. There are no redeeming qualities to the leasehold system, which is so complex and confusing to the public that partial reforms will mean it will remain a vehicle for unscrupulous landlords and investment companies to unfairly make money from homeowners. ...
Young people worst affected by debt crisis, say charities image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 11:47:54 AM
.... The average age of our clients is now 41,” the charity said in its half-year report. “We are seeing fewer homeowners and an increased number of renters contacting us for advice and support with their problem debt,” it said. ...
CMA fines estate agents cartel £370,000 for rate fixing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of September 2017 02:43:50 PM
....The six estate agents, all based in the Burnham-on-Sea area of Somerset, had a meeting and agreed to fix their minimum commission rates at 1. 5%, thereby denying local homeowners the chance of getting a better deal when selling their homes. ...
How to find the best remortgage rates and beat the rise image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 17th of September 2017 12:34:00 PM
....Remortgaging leapt 10 per cent in the year to July, with 36,800 households refinancing loans worth £67 billion in total, new figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show. Andy Knee, chief executive of conveyancing specialists LMS, says July was a bumper month for remortgages: “Many homeowners are seeking added financial security with record numbers locking into five-year fixed rate deals at today’s rock bottom rates. ...
Our home has become a star attraction for films, TV shows and magazines image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of September 2017 06:00:04 AM
....”. While some homeowners warn that shoots can be very disruptive, there is the thrill of seeing their house featured in glossy magazines, TV ads or even movies – and perhaps meeting the odd celebrity. ...
Over-55s take out £8m a day from their homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of September 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... And we could soon see the arrival of a new breed of interest-only home loan for older people that would last until someone died or moved into care. The equity release market appears to be benefiting from the fact that large numbers of interest-only mortgages are currently maturing, with some homeowners feeling they have little choice but to raid the equity in their home to clear the outstanding debt. ...
Mortgage warning: YOUR bill could SURGE by £750 when interest rates increase, experts say image
.... Higher interest rates mean the cost of mortgages and credit will rise. But it's feared unprepared homeowners could face bill shocks. ...
California’s big battery experiment: a turning point for energy storage? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of September 2017 06:00:02 AM
.... Several automaker competitors are following suit, including Mercedes-Benz and BMW. An ecosystem of home-storage providers has sprung up as well, although that market is hampered by the lack of economic return for homeowners. ...
Duchy of Cornwall residents fight 'unfair' freehold ban image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of September 2017 02:26:03 PM
....The residents are making use of a government consultation that closes next week on ministers’ proposals “to tackle unfair and unreasonable abuses of leasehold”. It is primarily aimed at housebuilders retaining freeholds of new homes, but the duchy tenants argue there is no reason they should be treated differently to any other British homeowner just because Charles is their landlord. ...
Autumn Budget 2017 Date & Predictions: Stamp duty & pensions could be hit by Hammond image
.... Stamp duty revenue has hit a record high, but the amount of sales have plunged. Calls are now growing for the Government to remove stamp duty for older homeowners, which would encourage people to downsize and free up homes for younger families. ...
Can I buy a house for my mum to live in rent-free? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 4th of September 2017 09:26:14 AM
.... He is also right – up to a point – that you can’t take out a conventional buy-to-let mortgage because you would be letting to a close relative. But according to independent mortgage adviser Niche Advice, if you were already a homeowner it might be possible to take out what is referred to as a regulated or consumer buy-to-let mortgage. ...
Debt mess leaves innocent bystander struggling with system  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 4th of September 2017 12:01:00 AM
...."Also be aware of the pressure to guarantee loans: parents or partners should be fully aware of what they’re signing up to and understand they will have to repay the debt if the family member can no longer afford to do so. Moreover, if you’re a homeowner, your home could be at risk if you can’t pay. ...
How to avoid a disaster on your home improvements image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of September 2017 03:31:00 PM
. Yet every year tens of thousands of dodgy tradesmen make a hash of home improvements, leaving unhappy homeowners to sort out the mess. ...
Theresa May urged to force councils to build more homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of September 2017 02:06:15 PM
....Number 10 policymakers have been taking soundings from thinktanks and policy experts about proposals that might help to win back young voters. According to official figures, homeowners could expect to pay about 7. ...
Total Harvey cost could be as high as $100bn, says insurance expert image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of August 2017 12:18:16 PM
....”. Andreas van Embden, an analyst at Peel Hunt, said the US flood programme bears all homeowners’ losses up to $4bn and only transfers 25% of the next $4bn to the private reinsurance market. ...
Going up or digging deep, how to finance a home extension image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 26th of August 2017 05:59:28 AM
. Growing numbers of homeowners are building upwards or digging down to create more space because they can’t afford to move to a bigger property. ...
Slowdown in London house price growth ebbs as Bristol sees steep fall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of August 2017 11:01:33 PM
....The slowdown in the growth of London house prices appears to be abating, leaving Bristol as the UK city with the biggest drop in property prices expansion last month, according to new figures. Upward pressure on prices in the capital is returning following weak annual growth since the start of 2016, amid a fall in sales as homeowners refuse to sell up for lower valuations, according to the property firm Hometrack. ...
Home insurance: Average prices for UK households 'rising at fastest rate for three years' image
....The analysis was done by Consumer Intelligence – whose data is used by the Government’s Office for National Statistics to calculate official inflation statistics. New extensions housing bathrooms and homeowners doing a bodge job on their own plumbing are also factors pushing up costs. ...
Software update leaves Samsung TVs unusable, plus identity theft soars image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of August 2017 01:42:04 PM
....Going underground: the number of Britons digging basements has soared. Halifax says loft conversions are also booming as homeowners seek to extend properties rather than move. ...
What are your experiences of the housing market as a BME person? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of August 2017 02:33:27 PM
....House prices are still going up around the UK, and despite low mortgage rates increasing numbers of people are locked out of the property market. The problem is particularly acute for ethnic minorities, with figures showing those from BME backgrounds are much less likely to be homeowners than white Britons. ...
Going underground: number of Britons digging basements soars image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of August 2017 05:01:05 AM
. Britain has seen a 183% increase in planning applications for basement extensions, as homeowners barred from climbing the housing ladder by high prices decide to burrow down instead. ...
Is your house in a British boom town? Best price growth revealed as values rocket £85k image
. Some lucky homeowners are seeing the price of their house soar as the industry experiences a ‘mini-boom’. ...
Countryside faces ‘fuel poverty’ crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 11:05:26 PM
.... Former prime minister David Cameron is said to have pledged in 2013 that he would get rid of the “green crap”. By 2015, the government had scrapped its green deal scheme, which gave homeowners loans to improve energy efficiency. ...
Former burglars say barking dogs and CCTV are best deterrent image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of August 2017 05:01:14 AM
.... The panel pointed out that motion-activated security lights were a key deterrent for home thieves, but just 24% of respondents had installed such devices. Caroline Hunter, head of home insurance at Co-op, said: “Nobody should have to go through the trauma of having their property burgled, and there are some small measures which homeowners should be mindful of to ensure any opportunists cannot be tempted. ...
Slow house price growth and steep rail fare increases image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of August 2017 02:37:41 PM
....Advertise all UK jobs with flexible working to tackle pay gap – report. Should homeowners warm to EDF Energy’s free solar panel system?. ...
Could Stamp Duty actually be AXED? Calls to BAN hated tax grow as housing crisis worsens  image
. The levy on purchases is adding to the burden on first time buyers and making it harder for older homeowners to downsize, reducing transaction levels to an all-time low. ...
UK house price growth slows with London and north-east hardest hit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 12:57:18 PM
....Despite slower increases in the value of property, first-time buyers are still entering the market, according to data published separately on Tuesday by the trade body UK Finance. New homeowners borrowed £5. ...
New pension research: Is this really a golden era for retirement? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 10:29:00 AM
....” . Crucially, the ONS figures do not include housing costs, which have risen sharply, leaving those still renting or paying off a mortgage in retirement notably worse off than homeowners who have cleared their debt. ...
Should homeowners warm to EDF Energy’s free solar panel system? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 06:00:37 AM
....24kW from £6,925. It estimates that homeowners can pay off the capital invested in the system in roughly 12 years through feed-in tariffs and lower electricity bills, assuming they have the right kind of roof. ...
Mortgage rates will rise – so 
are you ready 
to take a hit? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of August 2017 04:52:17 PM
.... The current 0. 25% rate is the lowest in the bank’s 323-year history and changes upwards could lead to homeowners, who have borrowed at the reduced levels, to face increases in their bills in the near future. ...
Breakthrough in leasehold scandal as Countryside buys back freeholds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 03:58:18 PM
....Hopes of a breakthrough for householders trapped in the leasehold scandal are rising after a major developer agreed to buy back some freeholds and axe ground rent clauses. Countryside Properties, which sold some of the freeholds on its houses to the ground rent company E&J Estates, has agreed to buy a number of them back with a view to releasing homeowners from clauses where ground rents double every 10 years. ...
Downsizing: The disadvantages of moving to a smaller home image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 6th of August 2017 10:41:00 AM
....". If you choose to spend your final years as a tenant rather than as a homeowner you have less security of tenure, while monthly rent could become a burden. ...
Lifetime Isa proving popular as young savers rush to snap them up image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... It said the account has been popular with younger savers looking to take advantage of the government’s bonus. More than half (51%) of those who have opened an account are under the age of 30 and looking to boost their savings to turn their dream of becoming a homeowner into a reality, said a spokeswoman. ...
How Britain fell out of love with the free market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 05:00:34 AM
.... “Cameron turned out to be just a standard Thatcherite,” Blond now says. As Cameron, the son of a wealthy stockbroker, knew well, Britain is still home to plenty of neoliberalism’s beneficiaries: hedge funders, homeowners with the right kind of property, disproportionately rewarded “top talent” from footballers to management consultants, and companies built on cheap labour and loose regulation. ...
Ikea launches solar panel battery storage that could slash electricity bills by HUNDREDS  image
....Battery storage systems can push up the amount of generated electricity used to 80 per cent, according to Ikea. It means homeowners using solar panels alone save £380 off electricity bills but with storage, savings of up to £560 a year are up for grabs. ...
Owners of ex-local authority homes face horror of bills running into thousands image
....”. The couple are part of a group of homeowners who either bought former council homes on the open market or through the right-to-buy scheme. ...
Have we reached 'peak London' as millennials leave in record numbers? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 11:05:04 PM
....If the number of those leaving is increasing (the report says 93,300 people fled this year), London is still growing, overall. And we don’t know from figures like these how much is “pull” and how much is “push”; how many are homeowners cashing in on the London property bonus, buying something bigger and taking portable careers with them, and how many are wrenching themselves away from families, social networks and jobs that don’t exist outside of the capital. ...
Victory! New-build leaseholds banned … but what of those already trapped? image
. Many leasehold homeowners face being charged hundreds of pounds just to obtain permission to switch to a new mortgage, Guardian Money can reveal. ...
INHERITANCE TAX SHOCK: Government rakes in £5BN record high from Britain's dead image
....At the same time, house prices have surged exposing more people to inheritance tax at a rate of 40 per cent. From April this year, the allowance became more generous for higher value homeowners, helping people to pass on more of their wealth to loved ones. ...
I’m trapped in my leasehold property by ever-doubling ground rent image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 06:00:42 AM
. I am a homeowner trapped in a leasehold property which seems unsaleable. ...
Housing market still reeling a decade after financial crisis, Savills says image
. Ten years on the housing market is still feeling the after-effects of the credit crunch, with existing homeowners struggling to trade up, a doubling of typical first-time buyer deposits, and a “huge gap” between London and the rest of Britain, according to a new report. ...
Britons sit on ‘ticking time bomb’ as interest rates HIKE risks financial security image
....Many who stretched themselves to afford a home will struggle to make repayments if their mortgage rate hits 5, 6 or 7 per cent. “That will get worse as fixed rate mortgages come to an end and homeowners are forced to come to terms with higher interest rates,” Finch adds. ...
Inheritance tax grab: HMRC swipes MORE money in 'aggressive' raid on grieving families image
....IHT is charged on all assets above £325,000, including your home, although married couples can double this to £650,000. This threshold has been frozen since 2009 while soaring house prices have dragged many homeowners into the net, especially in London and South- east property hotspots. ...
'You feel ripped off': homeowners' frustration over ground rent trap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 06:04:57 PM
....Scott is not alone. On the same estate in Bolton, half of the 48 homeowners are believed to be trapped with spiralling ground rents. ...
Victims of ground rent scandal demand action on existing abuses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 05:13:28 PM
. Victims of the ground rents scandal are demanding ministers go further in tackling unfair abuses of the leasehold system, amid claims that as many as 100,000 existing homeowners remain trapped in properties that are “unsellable”. ...
Leasehold houses and the ground rent scandal: all you need to know image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 03:05:21 PM
.... After the estate was finished, the developer would make a large profit by selling the freeholds on, typically for around £5,000 to £10,000 each, to the many companies keen to buy them for the valuable stream of income they offer. When homeowners ask to buy the freehold back, they are frequently asked for £40,000 or more. ...
Leaseholds on new-build houses in England to be banned image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 11:01:37 PM
.... The ban is expected to come into force after an eight-week consultation period. The ban, while welcomed by campaigners, leaves the position of existing leasehold homeowners unclear. ...
Mortgage time bomb? Interest-only borrowers with NO plans to repay debts image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 04:40:00 PM
....Many borrowers are near retirement and mortgages age limits are preventing them from taking out a free capital repayment mortgage. Some homeowners could use equity release to pay off debts. ...
The real cost of regeneration image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 05:00:09 AM
.... Some of the estate’s right-to-buy owners – theoretically the big winners in Margaret Thatcher’s great vision for social housing – have spent years trying to rearrange their mortgages for flats in the new development. One homeowner, working two jobs to service punishing new interest rates, dropped dead of a heart attack. ...
Ofwat chief quits for private sector job image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 11:02:57 AM
.... The government has yet to decide whether to adopt the proposals. At the moment, homeowners can only buy water from a handful of regional suppliers such as Yorkshire Water, Severn Trent or Thames Water. ...
House price pick-up allays fears of property market crash image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 9th of July 2017 03:37:00 PM
....The Bank of England is finally talking about increasing interest rates, with markets now pricing in a 55 per cent chance of a rate hike at some point this year. If this happens it would be good news for savers but a worry for homeowners, millions of whom will never have experienced a rate rise in their property-owning lifetimes and will pay more in monthly interest. ...
Homebuyers desperate to know who really owns their freehold image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 8th of July 2017 06:00:00 AM
.... “The most disgusting thing is the developers like Bellway think they are doing nothing wrong selling the freeholds on and state that our T&Cs don’t change. Yes, the lease terms don’t change, but for a permission fee to increase from £300 to £2,440 in a matter of months is disgraceful and it should absolutely be pointed out to new homeowners, up front, that this might happen if they don’t buy the freeholds. ...
Hold the Shard-enfreude – a house price drop is not about to happen | Patrick Collinson image
.... The data on rents is incomplete, but most indices are showing falls of about £50 to £100 a month on newly let properties in the capital compared with a year ago. The price boom has created a vast army of excluded wannabe-homeowners. ...
Equity release rates fall: Homeowners paying off interest-only mortgages could save image
....82 per cent. Many homeowners turn to equity release to pay off interest-only mortgages, after finding it difficult to take out a capital repayment mortgage, separate research has recently suggested. ...
One in seven UK private tenants pays more than half income in rent – study image
. One in seven tenants privately renting from a landlord is paying more than half of their income in rent, compared with just 2% of homeowners who pay more than half their income on their mortgage, according to new research. ...
BoE economist wants to hear about hardship in the UK - first stop Wales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 06:26:47 PM
....Back in Wales, some of those who turned out to speak to the Bank’s top economist expressed their worries about rising mortgage rates. But a larger number of people, many of whom were not homeowners, stressed the problems caused by spiralling prices. ...
Older homeowners forced to sell properties to clear debt on mortgages image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of June 2017 08:25:00 AM
....There has been a sharp rise in the number of property sales by cash-strapped owners in the past two years as they struggle to pay down the capital on their loan. Interest-only mortgages were heavily sold in the 1980s and 1990s, with salesmen encouraging homeowners to take out endowment investment plans to clear the debt and hopefully leave a tidy profit as well. ...
Endowment plan: Need-to-know advice on interest-only mortgage repayment problems image
.... . Interest-only mortgages were heavily sold in the 1980s and 1990s, with salesmen encouraging homeowners to take out endowment investment plans to clear the debt and hopefully leave a tidy profit as well. ...
Frustrated homebuyers in a fight to the finish with Bovis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of June 2017 06:00:00 AM
....Stung by such accusations, Bovis has retrained 90% of its 1,100 staff and appointed a new customer experience director. The firm also set aside £7m to rectify build issues and, in a few cases, pay compensation after it emerged homeowners were pressured to move into incomplete homes before Christmas. ...
A guide to tenants' housing rights around safety and repairs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 06:19:30 AM
....Foundations – Foundations are the national body for home improvement agencies and handy person schemes in England. They provide support for vulnerable homeowners and tenants to undertake adaptations, repairs and improvements to their home. ...
Record low interest rates send house prices SOARING for homeowners image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of June 2017 12:01:00 AM
....com. Researchers analysed how much UK house prices have risen or fallen since March 2009, by looking at average house prices in 100 UK towns and cities between March 2009 and April 2017 to find homeowners recording rocketing price rises. ...
Property owners' £2.3tn windfall 'has created huge inequality gap' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 05:01:01 AM
.... At the boom’s zenith in 2003, one in six of all working property-owning adults were earning more from the rising value of their homes than from their jobs. Those born in the 1940s and 50s were the main beneficiaries of the great housing wealth windfall, since they were most likely to be homeowners at the start of the property boom, with each generation born after the mid-1950s less wealthy than the previous one. ...
Buying my own place was an impossible dream – here’s how it came true image
....It’s six months since I walked into that empty flat – a world away from my life in London. And though no one ever enlightens you about the never-ending associated costs of homeownership (hello leaks and boiler issues), I feel very fortunate that I found a home in a soul-stirring town with a wonderful community, beach and incredible sunsets on my doorstep. ...
Pay off your mortgage FASTER: How to save thousands of pounds on repayments image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 04:26:00 PM
....uk. The saving is equivalent to two years of mortgage payments on a fixed-rate, meaning homeowners who get the best deal could become mortgage free much faster. ...
Foreign investors snapping up London homes suitable for first-time buyers image
....The findings triggered calls for the mayor and London boroughs to block foreign buyers until Londoners have had an opportunity to buy. The HomeOwners Alliance, which represents current and would-be homeowners, said the trend was “alarming” and “unfair” to first-time buyers. ...
Lifetime ISA providers: First cash LISA launched by Skipton Building Society  image
.... "The Lifetime Cash ISA could make a real difference to a new generation of savers by assisting them in getting a foot on the property ladder. "That is why we’re excited to offer a product that will encourage future homeowners to save towards this significant milestone. ...
Average UK rents fall for first time in more than seven years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 05:01:14 AM
....In April, the lettings agency Your Move said London had seen a sharp fall in rents over the previous 12 months, reflecting the fact that many people looking for rental properties had switched their focus away from the capital. Some commentators have suggested that tenant demand has been falling, particularly in London, possibly as a result of Brexit, while others have said a weaker sales market had prompted some homeowners to let out their homes rather than putting them up for sale. ...
House price WARNING: Values fall for third month in worst performance since 2009 image
....co. uk, Russell Quirk, said: "A third consecutive drop may seem like a reason to worry for UK homeowners, but house prices still continue to climb despite the slowdown in the rate of growth. ...
Tory plans mean no one will be left to build homes | Michael Thirkettle image
....More people than ever are resigned to renting. A recent survey from HomeOwners Alliance found that more than 250,000 non-homeowners have given up on their dream to own their own property. ...
The new hipsters? London's exclusive 'downsizer' homes for the over-55s image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 06:15:16 AM
.... Is this really where we want to be going? Or do we want genuinely affordable social housing and shared ownership that’s targeted at first-time buyers?”. The biggest decline in homeownership in the UK is among 30-34 year olds. ...
Why help to buy is no help at all to the economy | Jeffrey Frankel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 09:54:25 AM
.... Buying a house is typically a consequence, not a cause, of a family’s prosperity. Advocates of an “ownership society” argue that homeowners take better care of their property than renters, with positive externalities for the neighbourhood. ...
Tax on test: do Britons pay more than most? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 06:00:20 AM
.... The highest combined state and regional tax rate is around 48%. Chris Burke of Spectrum IFA, who calculated the figures for us, says homeowners also pay an annual tax on the value of their property, currently around €900 on a home valued at €300,000, so slightly less than typical council tax rates in the UK. ...
Brexit economy: workers face squeeze but firms remain upbeat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:12:55 AM
....In a further blow to consumer confidence, the housing market has shown signs of slowing. That will leave homeowners feeling less flush, but the prospect of prices falling to more affordable levels will be welcomed by those trying to get on to the property ladder. ...
Australians aren't being paid for their productivity. Get set for an industrial relations war | Greg Jericho image
.... But the house price boom brought about changes to the orthodoxy. Cares about housing affordability were no longer outweighed by worries that homeowners would rebel against anything that might reduce the value of their property. ...
UK homeowners face future of shrinking properties as housing prices continue to rise image
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A new Green Deal bond that pays 12% interest – too good to be true? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of May 2017 06:00:17 AM
....You might have imagined that would have been the end of the story, but in January a consortium of City investors bought the Green Deal Finance Company’s assets and remaining loan book. The plan is to relaunch the Green Deal and offer loans to homeowners and landlords. ...

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