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30th July 2018

Property Market Review July 2018

OLYMPIA LONDON TO GET MAJOR REVAMP Olympia London Exhibition Centre is to benefit from a £700 million development plan to extend the area by over two acres, adding green space and including restaurants, a performing arts centre, and a theatre. The architects will be SPPARC, working together with renowned designer Thomas Heatherwick. The domed window, […]

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20th July 2018

Essentially Wealth – Summer 2018

THE BANK OF MUM AND DAD FEELS THE PINCH With property prices remaining high, many would-be buyers can find themselves priced out of the property market. So it’s unsurprising that the Bank of Mum and Dad continues to be one of the UK’s major sources of housing funds. Financial support can range from giving a […]

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Essentially Mortgages – Summer 2018

HOW TO BE A WINNER IN A SLOWER HOUSING MARKET With mixed signals coming from the housing sector, and signs of a slowdown evident particularly in the London area, knowing how to read and react to property market conditions can help you achieve your property goals. If you’re buying Start the ball rolling as soon […]

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4th May 2018

Intrinsic Economic Review April 2018

Further improvement in public sector finances UK government borrowing has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, a situation which may provide Chancellor Philip Hammond with scope to relax his tight grip on public spending. Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that UK public sector net borrowing (excluding […]

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27th April 2018

Essentially Wealth – Spring 2018

WHAT IMPACT WILL LIVING LONGER HAVE ON YOUR RETIREMENT PLANNING? Planning for retirement and the need for laterlife care are becoming the decade’s most talked-about areas of social policy. In the UK we are seeing a major shift in emphasis; financial provision for our retirement years is moving from being the responsibility of the state, […]

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Essentially Mortgages – Spring 2018

MORTGAGE TRENDS – WHAT’S CHANGED OVER THE YEARS? Much has changed in the mortgage market since the first fixed-rate mortgage deal was launched in 1989. According to Moneyfacts, the best rate on offer then was a three-year fixed deal from NatWest at 12.4%. Back then, the average house price according to the Office for National […]

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11th April 2018

Intrinsic Economic Review March 2018

MPC vote suggests rate rise in may Although interest rates were left on hold following the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on 22 March, a split vote appears to have paved the way for a rate hike at the next meeting in May. The Bank of England left interest rates unchanged last month but two […]

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4th April 2018

Residential Property Review March 2018

REMORTGAGES HIT A NINE-YEAR HIGH In their recent mortgage trends update, UK Finance revealed that remortgages reached a nine-year high in January. In addition, both the number of home movers and first-time-buyers increased, when compared with the same period last year. Jackie Bennett, the Director of Mortgages at UK Finance commented on these findings: “Remortgaging […]

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Property Market Review March 2018

HIGH LEVEL OF INVESTMENT SEEN IN EUROPE In their recent European Commercial Property Outlook for Q3 2017, Knight Frank have revealed that European investment volumes for 2017 are set to exceed those of 2016. Their report highlighted that in the third quarter of 2017, €47.4bn was invested, which represents a 13% increase on the same […]

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8th March 2018

Intrinsic Economic Review February 2018

Bank of England signals earlier rate rise The Bank of England (BoE) has indicated that interest rates are set to rise sooner and by a greater extent than it previously anticipated. While the nine-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) unanimously voted to leave rates unchanged following February’s meeting, new guidance was issued suggesting that the pace […]

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