Retired homeowners cashing in average of £77k through equity release

The latest data released by independent equity release adviser, Key, has revealed that equity release plans have risen by 16% during Q3 as the sector market continues to break records. According to Key’s figures, retired homeowners are boosting their finances by an average of £76,967 – a rise of nearly £5,500 during the three months to 1st October when compared with the same period last year (£71,483). The total value of new property wealth released in the three months increased by 25% on…

Weak demand and lack of stock send house price growth to lowest levels since 2013

Halifax has released its data on the UK housing market for October and revealed that during the three months to October, average house prices across the UK rose by 1.5% on an annual basis. This is down from 2.5% in September, resulting in the lowest rate since March 2013. According to Halifax, house prices in the latest quarter were 0.2% higher than in the preceding three months, and rose by 0.7% on a monthly basis following two consecutive monthly falls. Russell Galley,…

Average cost to run a home in the UK soars 18% in 12 months

New data released by home insurer, MORE TH>N, has shown that the real cost of running an average-sized home in the UK has risen dramatically over the last year for both renters and homeowners. The CORAH (Cost of Running a Home) report is in its third year and has revealed this time round that homeowners are paying on average £21,403 a year to run their homes versus £20,342 for renters. The report, which takes into account everything from mortgage or rental costs right…

Additional residential rate cuts announced at Accord

Accord has announced today that it has cut the rates on selected fixed-rate products by up to 0.29%. According to the lender, the new 75% LTV products include a two-year fixed rate of 1.69% with a £495 product fee, which is available to both homemovers and remortgagors. A two-year fixed rate remortgage product is also available at 1.80% with a £495 product fee, £250 cashback on completion, free standard valuation and free standard legal fees. Jemma Anderson, residential mortgage manager for Accord,…

BTL range refreshed at Aldermore

Specialist Bank, Aldermore, has announced today that it has cut rates on its 5 year BTL fixed remortgage products for individual and company landlords. According to the lender, the updated products are available immediately with no product or valuation fees and include a 5 year fixed rate 75% LTV remortgage reduced by 0.20% from 4.18% to 3.98% and a 5 year fixed rate 80% LTV remortgage reduced by 0.20% from 4.78% to 4.58% for Individual landlords. Company landlords submitting remortgage applications through Aldermore’s…

Top tips for a successful home insurance claim

GoCompare offers tips on how to avoid joining the 1 in 6 who have had household insurance claims rejected The darker nights of autumn and winter typically mean an increase in burglary rates and weather-related insurance claims. GoCompare Home Insurance shares five tips to help ensure that, should the worst happen, you don’t end up adding to the 17% of household insurance claims that are rejected every year. Georgie Frost, consumer advocate at GoCompare Home Insurance, commented: “Home insurance claims generally arise during…

Shelter Scotland launches ‘Toolkit for Tenants’

Shelter Scotland has announced the launch of a new online toolkit that aims to help tenants navigate the rental system. The Toolkit for Tenants has received funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust and contains a series of guides for Scottish tenants covering deposits and housing costs to repairs, inventories and tenancy agreements. It also includes training for tenants who want to know more about the private rented sector. SafeDeposits Scotland Trust made a grant of £28,083 to Shelter Scotland earlier this year after…

Stamp duty reforms prompt FTB mortgage uptake

The latest research by MoneySuperMarket has shown that first-time buyers are taking full advantage of the changes made to stamp duty laws in the 2017 Budget. The new changes now mean that properties worth up to £500,000 pay no stamp duty on the first £300,000. However, data from MoneySuperMarket – taken from over 460,000 mortgages across 2017 and 2018 – reveals an initial slump in new homeowners in the first few months under the new law, with an average of 581 first-time buyer mortgages…

Brexit continues to dominate top property industry concerns

As Brexit looms, a new survey commissioned by Crowe UK identifies the biggest concerns facing the UK property industry and provides a unique snapshot of views across the sector. Crowe’s survey, which asks property developers and investors across the country for their views on the state of the market in 2018 and outlook for the future, reveals UK businesses are increasingly concerned about the impact the current political and economic uncertainty will have on the industry. Brexit: reality bites With daily headlines…

How can landlords be so optimistic during such a supposedly challenging time?

A recent survey that was picked up by quite a few of the property trades brought, I would imagine, some much needed light relief for landlords in the UK. After months of reading headlines about a mass exodus of landlords with thousands of landlords said to be fleeing the sector, the survey by investor forum and advice website The Property Hub painted a very different story. It revealed that almost 80% of landlords actually planned to buy more property in 2019 while 70%…