The north’s star is rising and it’s time to invest

This year new tax changes designed to take the buzz out of the buy-to-let market began to bite and yet investors kept investing. Not in the over-priced south though. This time, the smart money moved north.  Foreign investors spotted the signs early and saw the tax benefits in buying many, & buying cheap. Others followed suit and though […]

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Planning a home build? It’s important to get the basics right

Don’t daunted by the idea of starting a building project. Writing as the dust settles, quite literally on my own home extension, I can confirm it doesn’t have to be an ordeal Mine was a relatively small build so I opted to self manage. You may choose to employ a project manager. Either way, whether […]

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Is Help-To-Buy still a help?

Help to Buy isn’t finished. It’s just changed. And if it’s your first time on the housing ladder and you’re keen on a new-build home, you can still benefit. Here’s an update as to what’s gone and what’s staying in 2017. What’s changed? The Mortgage Guarantee Scheme has just ended. This allowed a 1st time […]

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Tough times for buy to let but is it time to throw in the keys yet?

In a poll of over 1,000 landlords, half said they expect to see the value of their investments fall considerably in the next few years. Why? The introduction of two new Government tax changes designed to help first time buyers on to the property ladder.The new taxes are significant: 1. There’s a minimum of 3% rise in […]

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Onthemarket.com has arrived but who might be the winners and losers?

New property search portal www.onthemarket.com has just launched and the early signs are that it might be a worthy rival to Rightmove & Zoopla. Some agents are resenting the fees they pay to ‘the big two’ and now appear to have had enough. A consortium including Knight Frank and Savills launched the new site two […]

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Scotland’s decided. What now for the housing market?

We can stop holding our breath. It seems the Scots feel we’re not so bad together after all. Big change is coming though. More devolution of powers and greater control over their income and spending seem inevitable. Even the regions are talking of their desire for more autonomy.  So does the current state of Scotland’s housing […]

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