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Housing costs: Five surprises explained..

The UK’s housing market is changing. People are renting for longer and buying their first home later. Some buy-to-let investors are pulling out, blaming a greater burden of tax, while some potential home movers are staying put amid an uncertain economic and political climate. It means some assumptions about housing costs may no longer be […]

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Does Help to Buy prop up housebuilders?..

The Help to Buy housing scheme, launched in 2013, is hailed by the government as one of its big successes. The Treasury says 494,108 English homes have been bought through the scheme, with the vast majority going to first-time buyers living outside London. Ministers and mortgage lenders alike say it lifts people into home ownership […]

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21 years old..

The first branch of JP & Brimelow opened its doors in Didsbury Village in 1998 and from then on, the future was purple. John Pratt (JP) and Nick Brimelow wanted to create an independent estate agency which focused on customer service, rather than targets and bottom-lines. By the time they’d finished their drinks, the plan […]

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Death certificate to treble in price..

The price of a getting a death certificate will nearly triple from this weekend in England and Wales. Families registering a death will be charged £11 from Saturday for each certificate, up from £4. Costs for birth and marriage certificates are changing as well, but pricier death certificates will have the most serious impact. Relatives […]

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Which banks do customers love or hate?..

Metro Bank has taken top spot in an official survey of customers’ satisfaction with their banks, with the Royal Bank of Scotland ranked bottom. Despite Metro’s share price having been hit, in part, by errors in the way it accounted for some of its lending, the bank overtook First Direct to go top. Some 83% […]

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UK inflation falls to two-year low in January..

UK inflation fell to a two-year low in January, dragged lower by falling energy bills and fuel. The Office for National Statistics said the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) was 1.8% last month, from 2.1% in December. January’s fall, partly offset by higher air and ferry fares, was bigger than economists’ forecasts and comes as latest […]

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Property repossessions ‘lowest since 1980’..

The number of homes repossessed in the UK fell to its lowest level since 1980 last year, industry figures show. There were 4,580 homes repossessed by mortgage lenders from owners who were unable to keep up with repayments on their home loans. Low mortgage rates and a less aggressive attitude from lenders has meant low […]

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Index of prices over time..

Over the last twelve months we’ve seen pretty strong performance in the local market. We wanted to see how the market has performed over time, so we indexed the values at the start of the period. Property data updates quite slowly, so we’ve estimated the last 3 months. Call the team on 0161 882 2233 […]

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Is downsizing a good idea in Chorlton and Old Trafford?..

Imagine having fewer rooms to clean, cheaper bills to pay and spending less on your home each month. There was a time when downsizing was the reserve of older people once their children had flown the nest. However, today people do it for many reasons such as those related to personal finances, priorities and lifestyle […]

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House price growth at near six-year low..

UK house prices grew at the slowest annual rate for nearly six years in January, according to the Nationwide. The lender said price growth “almost ground to a complete halt”, with prices up by just 0.1% from a year earlier, down from a rate of 0.5% in December. The average property price was £211,966, the […]