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Will Scrapping Stamp Duty Actually Help First Time Buyers?

November 22, 2017 by
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Earlier today the government delivered their Autumn Budget speech and announced big changes that they say will positively affect 95% of first time buyers. Continue Reading

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How The Bank of England’s Interest Rate Rise Could Affect You

November 2, 2017 by
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It’s happened! The day thousands of people have been dreading is finally here and the Bank of England has increased interest rates for the first time in the last 10 years. The change is only small, increasing from 0.25% to 0.5%, but it’s likely to negatively impact millions of people across the country. Interest rates may increase further in the coming months, but nothing is set in stone just yet.

So, how is the change likely to affect you? Here’s a quick rundown of the ‘winners and losers’. Continue Reading

Buying a home Retirement

When Finance Experts Tell Us To Save £X By A Certain Age, Is It Actually Helpful?

November 1, 2017 by

Earlier today I spotted this tweet from finance expert, Jean Chatzky. Continue Reading

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Habito Review: How This Online Broker Helped Me Get A New Mortgage

October 8, 2017 by
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Back in August I wrote a first time buyer’s guide to choosing a mortgage broker. Within the post I talked about how my friend Chris had used an online mortgage broker called Habito and was really happy with their  service. Not only did Habito not charge him a penny, he said they also made the application process effortless, convenient and strees-free.

At the time, I already had a mortgage offer that I’d gotten through my estate agent’s broker, but just weeks after hitting publish, the developers got in touch to say that my flat’s completion date had been pushed back again to mid-October. This was frustrating to hear for two reasons:

1 . I’m desperate to move out of my parents’ house asap

2 . My mortgage offer was set to expire at the end of October! Continue Reading

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How Long Will It Take You To Save A Deposit For Your First Home?

October 5, 2017 by
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It’s no secret that saving for a deposit is a pain in the arse. No matter how many avocados on toast you give up, it can take years to save the money you need.
As the infographic below from Key Retirement shows, saving for a 16% deposit could take you longer than anticipated. If you’re looking for an average priced house in the North West and you earn the average weekly wage of £502, it could take you 4 years and 7 months. Personally I don’t think that’s too bad… until I look at those buying an average priced house in the South and realise they’re looking at a whopping 11 years and 7 months to save £75,777. That’s longer than a prison sentence for many serious crimes.
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