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 is required to sustain new builds and ultimately ensure they’re a viable and attractive proposition. […]

29 April 2015 by Alistair Hargreaves

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Do your homework on your children’s education costs

We all want our children to have the best in life and education is an integral part of this. We all know that schooling and university is costly, and as an expat, educating your children abroad can be even more expensive. Planning effectively and in the early years can not only ease the burden of […]

24 April 2015 by Jessica

Personal Finance

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Pensions – four things to consider before investing in property

Select Property Group discusses what to think about before investing pension money in property in this sponsored article. Landmark pension reforms came into effect this week, and those with a pension will now be able to access more of the money they’ve saved during their working lives. So, now you no longer have to automatically […]

13 April 2015 by Select Property

Pensions Property

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Pensions: 4 reasons why buy-to-let is such a strong investment choice

Select Property Group discusses the benefits of buy to let investing as a source of retirement income below. This month’s pension reforms are set to hand a generation of pensioners the kind of access to their savings that’s never been seen before. But what are they going to be spending their money on? Well the […]

7 April 2015 by Select Property

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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 a new build home can be a very different experience to purchasing an older property, […]

4 March 2015 by Alistair Hargreaves

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By all means police mortgages, but let’s not be ageist

The following news item on the BBC website caught my eye last week: Over 40’s being “frozen out” of home loans The story suggests that rules handed down by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to try and reduce credit risks have resulted in the financial sector being unable to offer mortgages to those individuals who […]

1 December 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

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Married couples and civil partnerships will benefit from new intestacy rules but cohabitees lose out

Married couples take larger slice in intestacy revamp You may have read about the intestacy laws in England & Wales changing recently. On 1 October, they got a revamp. But as anticipated, it is only married couples and civil partners who are set to see any benefit from the modifications. There are still no statutory […]

23 October 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

Personal Finance

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Protecting the accidental landlord – the industry should embrace this limited regulation of buy-to-let mortgages

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog about the parallels between the second law of thermodynamics and financial services regulation.  In short, both only move in one direction – the former to see an increase in disorder, the latter – well, I shall leave you to decide. The most recent regulatory news to […]

24 September 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

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The difference between funds investing directly in property and funds investing in property shares

Property has become fashionable once again over the previous 18 months. The once maligned sector, which was characterised by large drawdowns and daily liquidity being suspended, in some cases, during the financial crisis, has two funds in the top 10 for net inflows in the seven months up until the end July of 2014. What […]

10 September 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

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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 vastly complex – such as converting a disused warehouse into multiple flats and penthouses. But […]

1 July 2014 by The Harried House Hunter

Property

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