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Tips to prepare for an open house viewing

Here at JP & Brimelow we share the top tips to ensure you get the most from your open house day In an age of online house hunting, don’t be misled into thinking buyers won’t take up an open house day opportunity. From looking online, to viewing a property in person and making an offer, open […]

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Be first to see new and exclusive properties

Many agents advertising at OnTheMarket.com are launching their new-to-market properties exclusively here first.* Find out how to be first to see these homes. Thousands of estate and letting agents have moved their properties from other websites to advertise at OnTheMarket.com and many are choosing to launch their new-to-market properties exclusively here first: 24 hours or more before any other […]

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What would Brexit mean for the UK housing market?

On June 23 the EU referendum will take place but what will happen to property if Britain votes to leave? Brexit could happen. And, if it does happen, nothing will be quite the same again. But exactly what effect a vote to leave the EU in the June referendum would have on the UK property […]

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What does Brexit mean for house prices?

What would a vote to leave the European Union mean for homeowners and those trying to get on the ladder?  As outlined below, many economists and politicians believe house prices will slump should Britain vote to leave the EU, driven lower by falling demand. At the same time, it is argued that the shortage of housing in the […]

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Pension fees can cost 10% of savings, says Citizen

Withdrawing money from a pension fund can cost savers up to 10% of their retirement fund, according to Citizens Advice. The regulator, The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has already warned that up to 670,000 consumers face such fees. In a survey of people withdrawing cash from their pension, Citizens Advice found those with smaller funds were paying proportionately larger […]

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House prices ‘expected to fall’ in the short term

Chartered surveyors are predicting a short-term drop in UK house prices over the next three months – the first fall in more than six years. Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) who work in estate agents said London and East Anglia would be most affected. Surveyors expecting prices to drop outnumbered those […]

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Middle-class ‘face savings squeeze’

A third of middle-class families would need to borrow to pay an unexpected bill of £500, according to a new survey. The YouGov poll for the Times found 31% of ABC1 workers, which includes junior managers and professionals, would struggle to pay a sum of that size. The figure rises to 46% for manual workers and the […]

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Warning on higher cost of 40-year mortgages

First-time buyers are being warned they could pay tens of thousands of pounds more interest if they sign up for 40-year mortgages. Sales of longer-term mortgages have reached record levels, with most young buyers choosing to borrow for more than the traditional 25 years. The monthly repayments are smaller, so they can afford bigger loans […]

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House price slowdown to continue, Halifax says

Growth in house prices is likely to slow over the rest of this year, the UK’s largest mortgage lender has said. The Halifax said house price inflation in the year to May remained unchanged at 9.2%, which was the lowest rate since last autumn. It said there would be a further slowdown in the months […]

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Thinking of buying a second home? A guide to stamp duty

Ten key points to consider when buying a second home for your own use or as a buy-to-let investment To buy-to-let or not to buy-to-let, that is a difficult question! It can be quite a conundrum for people with capital to invest who are dithering between the stock market or bricks and mortar. Since April […]