5 top tips to help baby-proof your home

Barratt Homes Manchester is offering homeowners five top tips for moving with a baby and making your new home safe for young families Michaela Lancaster, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “With the popularity of Help to Buy, more and more newly-weds and young families are finding it easier to get onto the property ladder. In support of these younger homeowners we’ve decided to put together our five top tips to help homebuyers protect their babies from the most common causes of…

Happy Birthday Fleet | Property Reporter

Buy-to-let and specialist lender, Fleet Mortgages is celebrating its 4th birthday this week having launched on the 17th of September 2014. During that period, the lender has grown significantly in terms of lending activity, loan portfolio and the employee headcount of the business. At the time of writing, Fleet Mortgages has a loan portfolio of £1.2 billion, and after eight months of 2018 has already surpassed 2017’s origination volume for the entire year, plus it still has no accounts in arrears. The business…

Mansfield BS announce new Retirement Interest Only products

The Mansfield has announced that it has launched its Retirement Interest Only proposition with two new products that aim to enable borrowers to take additional drawings up to a maximum of 40% LTV. To ensure that borrowers receive appropriate advice, access to The Mansfield’s RIO mortgages is exclusively available through qualified advisers holding the CeReR or CertER qualification. Both products are available to borrowers over 55 years of age, and include 2.83% variable pay rate, £199 application fee, £800 completion fee and no…

Rental growth in the capital driven by tech hubs

According to newly released data from Residently, the rise of tech hubs in the capital are driving rental growth across the city. Online rental brand, Residently has reported strong growth across the city’s tech centres. Shoreditch and burgeoning hotspots King’s Cross, Hammersmith & White City, Soho and Battersea to name but a few. Soho in particular, has seen substantial growth over the past year, with rents of one and two-bedroom apartments increasing by 26%, compared to tech stalwart Shoreditch, which experienced growth of 1.7%…

How far does London rent money go in the rest of the country?

For the first time in 7 years, house prices are coming down. Despite this, first-time-buyers are still struggling to get a foot on the property ladder and renting remains the only financially viable option for many looking to get their own place. Renting in London remains the most expensive in the country, with the average renting cost being an eye-watering £666 a week (£2,885 a month) for a whole property. GoCompare have researched properties across the UK and released a 3D 360° tool revealing…

Is it logic or love when buying a home?

With one in two UK homeowners viewing their property just once before making an offer, home builder Countryside has teamed up with relationship expert, John Donlon, to uncover just what makes us lead with our hearts when it comes to buying a new home. According to a recent survey by Countryside, it took just one visit for 53% of homeowners before purchasing their home, describing the experience as ‘love at first sight’. An additional 25% stated that only a second visit was needed before…

EU Law Analysis: The EU’s commitment to combatting violence against women: rhetoric or reality?

Catherine Briddick, Martin James Departmental Lecturer in Gender and Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Centre of the University of Oxford – @CateBriddick The EU has, at its heart, a legal commitment to combat discrimination, including that based on sex, and to promote gender equality. It has however, been subject to sustained and justified criticism for its failure(s) to live up to these commitments, particularly in relation to its treatment of migrant and refugee women. The announcement by the Commission in 2016 that the EU would sign and conclude (ratify)…