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World Cup 2018 Wallchart


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13 Jun 2018

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Discount Insurance have produced a fantastic 2018 World Cup wallchart,

allowing you to plot the path of this summer’s festival of football....

Late again? Here are our top tips for dealing with rent arrears!


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29 May 2018

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At the very least, rent arrears can be understood in certain circumstances, if not forgiven. But it’s hard to sympathise with habitual offenders. Moreover, late rent payments can severely impact your financial planning. For instance, it can negatively impact your ability to pay your mortgage and can have devastating effects on business returns. Thus, it is important to forestall this risk early on in your lettings journey and ensure stress free tenancies for everyone involved. The following are some good practices that can be used to prevent and mitigate the impact of rental arrears on both, your pocket as well as your peace of mind....

Over 50% of the disposable income of Britain’s tenants ends up in rental payments


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9 Apr 2018

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It is a surprising fact that Britain’s tenants paid a record of over £51.6bn in rents, last year; that is an £1.8bn increase compared to last year’s and more than double compared to 2007.

UK rents are expected to rise faster than house prices over the next five years. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has predicted. The increase should reach 25% for rents and only 20% or even less, for property values....

UK home owners favour renovating over moving


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4 Apr 2018

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The decision to remodel instead of relocate is fast proving to be a new normal for proud home owners in the UK. A recent report from Hiscox revealed that a growing number of homeowners in the UK were choosing to reinvest in their property, instead of moving homes. Compared to 2013 when only 3% of home owners decided to improve instead of move, in 2018, this number has increased to 15%, rising to 26% amongst millennials....

Buy to let mortgage figures dampen UK housing market


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20 Mar 2018

 

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Signs of the UK housing market slowing down seem to have found added impetus with the Bank of England issuing less than optimistic figures on buy to let lending.

The figures suggest that just 12.7 per cent of mortgages in the final three months of 2017 went to buy to let investors - the lowest level since 2013. This spells a drop to the tune of 14.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2016....