Top tips for first-time buyers

On November 2nd, the Bank of England raised interest rates from 0.25% to 0.5%, the first rise for over a decade. According to UK Finance, 2.6 million first-time buyers will be experiencing their first ever rate rise following last week’s events. We understand, the idea of a rise may seem daunting, we get it, but the rise shouldn’t put you off purchasing a property. There are still some great deals to be had, and whilst we’ve just had a rate increase, there really is only one way that rates are going to go .. and that is up!

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Does your business need Key Person Insurance?

Did you know that according to the Office of National Statistics, 95.6% of small businesses, last year, within the UK were registered with fewer than 10 people in the office? What would you do if a key person(s), either the founder, owner or key employee within your business was unfortunately diagnosed with a critical illness or was involved in an accident?

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Avoiding the pitfalls of a commercial mortgage hunt

Deciding on whether to purchase a commercial property is a huge decision.

Most us will need to take out a commercial mortgage to help finance the purchase. This is when the decision-making becomes serious as what deal you agree to will affect you for years to come. When searching for your perfect commercial mortgage deal, there are a few things to keep in mind: (more…)

Helping the self-employed achieve mortgage success

For the self-employed, obtaining a mortgage can feel like an uphill struggle. With lenders becoming more cautious, and borrowing rules and regulations becoming stricter since the financial crash, the self-employed have been one of the groups hardest hit. They must jump through many hoops, and be able to prove a steady income and have a healthy home deposit. (more…)

Relevant life cover – what is it?

Relevant life cover, also known as a relevant life plan, is a form of business insurance that provides a payout for employees in cases of death in service. It is a lesser known life insurance policy and take up is quite small, but it can be one of the more beneficial plans as it can provide large savings. (more…)

What makes a house unmortgageable?

You’ve saved a deposit, been approved a mortgage in principal, and now, finally, you have found your perfect home. You make the offer and things are going swimmingly –  until you hear the dreaded words off the surveyor or lender, your perfect home is unmortgageable. (more…)

Buy-to-let crackdown: Tougher underwriting standards for lenders

Last year, The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the arm of the Bank of England that regulates banks and the financial sector, confirmed it would be bringing in tougher underwriting standards for buy-to-let lenders. These rules, which come into play on September 30th 2017 will affect landlords who have 4 or more mortgaged properties. (more…)