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First Time Buyers unaware of Help to Buy and other government schemes

First Time Buyers unaware of Help to Buy and other government schemes

Latest research by Precise Mortgages has found that a significant number of First Time Buyers are unaware of the various schemes that are available from the Government to help them purchase a property such as the Help to Buy scheme. 41% of those surveyed had a low awareness of the Government’s Help to Buy ISA which was launched last year. This was reported on the What Mortgage Magazine website in April*. (more…)

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ARCHIVE Many lack understanding on how to apply for a mortgage

Latest research by What Mortgage Magazine and Equifax has found that many buyers don’t understand the process of applying for a mortgage. Two years ago, new mortgage affordability rules were introduced and this research finds that many are unaware of how these rules might affect their application. This was reported in What Mortgage Magazine on 9th March 2016*. (more…)

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Archive: Buy to Let surge is pushing up property prices

For Buy to Let investors and those buying a second home, stamp duty is due to increase by 3% in April. As a result, according to latest RICS research, house prices have been increasing with a surge of investors wanting to complete before April. In fact, the figures from RICS show that half of surveyors told of price rises in January. This was reported on the Mortgage Introducer website in February*. (more…)

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Archive: Confidence in UK house prices remains strong

Latest figures from the Halifax has found that house price confidence remains strong despite people having some concerns about other areas of the economy. This was reported on the Your Mortgage website in February*. According to the Halifax’s latest confidence tracker, the majority of people believe that property prices in the UK will be higher, rather than lower in a year’s time. (more…)

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Archive: Southampton named one of the happiest cities to work in the UK

According to a survey by business psychologists OPP, Southampton has been named the ninth happiest city to work in the UK. This was reported in the Guardian in February*. The survey questioned more than 2,500 workers about their levels of job satisfaction. It also found that the highest levels of satisfaction were found among those working in architecture, engineering, building, sales, media and marketing**. The happiest place to work in the UK was found to be Norwich. (more…)

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Archive: More homes available for First Time Buyers

According to the latest figures from RightMove, the year has started positively for First Time Buyers. Not only are there more First Time Buyer appropriate homes available. Prices for properties suited to First Time Buyers are also pretty much static year on year. This was reported on the What Mortgage Website in January*. (more…)

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