We need a Secretary of State for Housing

An urban planning minister is urgently needed to develop a long-term strategy for housing to go alongside promises of new build houses. Meeting pre-election commitments on housing supply is arguably easier than making tough and expensive decisions on infrastructure, which … Read More

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Buying a new build property? Five top tips to think about when buying a brand new home

Throughout the UK, especially in London and the South East, more and more new build properties are popping up to tempt potential buyers with their clean crisp lines, shiny new appliances and financial incentives. However, as we all know, buying … Read More

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Letting a house to multiple occupants can be complicated, but the overall rent should be higher

The number of buy-to-let products has surged 52% in the last 12 months, taking the total to 5,024*. It seems more and more of us are turning to buy-to-let property as an investment, and with greater pensions freedom, the number … Read More

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Finance for developing a property – what you need to think about

One of our resident experts, Alistair Hargreaves, considers the challenges posed by development finance. I often receive inquiries about development finance, ranging from the relatively simple – for example, turning a Victorian town house into two self-contained flats; to the … Read More

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Returning ex-pat who needs a UK mortgage? What you need to know

In his first article in a series about Ex-pat Buyers, our resident expert mortgage broker Alistair Hargreaves talks about Britons returning home and looking to purchase a new house in the UK. In our age of globalisation and flexible labour … Read More

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Buy-to-let through a special purpose vehicle – the advantages and disadvantages

There are many things to consider when looking at a new buy to let investment property; house or flat; furnished or unfurnished; new build or period property? One thing you may not have thought about, but could have far reaching … Read More

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Five things to think about if you want to let to buy

A common way into building a buy to let portfolio is a let to buy. This is where we switch your residential mortgage into a buy to let mortgage, and at the same time release capital to go towards a … Read More

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