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Prices hit record highs in first-time and second-stepper sectors..

Our House Price Index was released to the media this morning and gives a picture of house prices and activity over the last month. Average asking price of newly-marketed property jumps by 1.5% (+£4,503) this month as strong demand from home movers in the first two months of the year now feeds through to stronger […]

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Where are the UK’s youngest and oldest city populations?..

Cities are often thought of as places for the young, but the reality is that many have an ageing population. What difference does the age of a city’s residents make? Over the past two decades, the average age of a UK resident has risen by two years, to 40. Within 30 years, one in four people […]

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Can kids hold pens in the digital age?..

Children’s habits are changing. Where once a toddler might have played with bricks, now they are more likely to play on an iPad. Such devices can provide a welcome distraction for busy parents and an attractive source of sensory stimulation for young children but does it mean that children are not developing the fine motor […]

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Top tips for reducing condensation..

Condensation can be a headache for property owners and, if you do not get on top of the problem, it can quickly get on top of you.  Condensation tends to be slightly more common in older properties than new-builds, although it is regularly found in both. Preventing and combating condensation – which basically occurs when […]

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Debt worries emerge from break-ups..

Financial shocks such as divorce and redundancy are leading people into debt crises, a charity has said. The under-25s are prone to problems caused by poor budgeting, a review by debt helpline StepChange found. But for most age groups, a lack of money resulting from an income shock – rather than poor budgeting – has […]

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Householders may be ‘in too deep’ over debt, says FCA..

Worrying numbers of householders may be “in too deep” with their borrowing, a city regulator boss has said. Consumer credit levels are close to a 2008 peak, said Jonathan Davidson of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). He said it was “far from certain” that customers who could just manage loans now would be able to […]

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FIRST TIME BUYERS AT HIGHEST LEVEL FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS..

There were 365,000 first time buyers who bought homes in 2017 according to newly released data from UK Finance. This is 7.7% more than in 2016 and the highest level since 2006. Some of the boost in first time buyers can be attributed to the Government’s Help to Buy scheme; we calculate that around 9% […]

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FIRST-TIME BUYERS SKIPPING BOTTOM STEP OF LADDER?

The latest NAEA report suggests that some first-time buyers, particularly in areas outside of London are pushing themselves further in order to maximise the benefit of stamp duty relief. In this way, they suggest, they are skipping the traditional first home and making the jump straight up the ladder to what might previously have been […]

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Home owners with large gardens..

JP & Brimelow Chorlton & Didsbury Ltd on why your garden could be the key to your financial security in the future. Your garden could offer you the financial security we all strive for. I’m not suggesting you start digging it up in search of treasure, oil or a similar source of a windfall. No, […]

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Open Up Chorlton magazine is out..

While temperatures outside may be plummeting, we’re here to remind you that spring really is on its way. Have faith! We’re zipping up our boots, ready to deliver Open Up Chorlton magazine to homes, shops, cafes, libraries, supermarkets and everywhere in-between in the coming days. Don’t have yours yet? Well just put your feet up and read it right […]