How much is living near a supermarket worth?

New research from Lloyds Bank has found that homes within easy reach of a local supermarket are, on average, £21,512 higher than in nearby areas. Properties in areas with a Waitrose, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s or Iceland are most likely to command a higher house...


5 tips if you find it hard to keep tenants

Having tenants in a property is always better than it being empty. However, if you find that they aren't renewing their tenancy agreement and you are constantly having to advertise the property, this can work out as being more expensive in the long-run. There are more costs...


Single property landlords hit by BTL tax changes

The latest report from the National Landlords Association has revealed that single property landlords are finally waking up to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher tax bracket following the introduction of new taxation rules for buy to let. The statement comes as recent...


Is Universal Credit still failing landlords?

The Government announced, in 2010, its plans to replace six means-tested benefits with a single benefit namely for those of working age: Universal Credit (UC). Today, 4 years on from the start of the roll-out across England, the new scheme is still riddled with operational...


House prices remain muted for second consecutive month

New analysis of April house prices in England and Wales has revealed that, for the second month in succession, there was a rise of just 0.1%. According to the data from YourMove, prices have increased just 0.5% in the last quarter, however annual price increases remain steady...


Mortgage debt predicted to soar for UK pensioners

The latest analysis by ILC-UK and the Building Societies Association has found that UK pensioners will see their mortgage debt soar to £39.9bn by 2030 - a rise of over £19bn. According to the report, current economic trends such as house price inflation, tighter...


Landlords warned about looming ban on poor energy efficient homes

Property management specialist, Lee Baron, is advising residential landlords to check the energy efficiency of their property portfolios and take simple measures to boost the efficiency of any poorly performing property, before they become illegal to let. From the 1st April 2018...


Bank of Mum and Dad is UK's ninth biggest lender

Generous parents helping their cash-strapped offspring are predicted to provide deposits for nearly 300,000 mortgages, according to a joint study. What’s the latest? The so-called 'Bank of Mum and Dad' is set to advance £6.5bn this year to help their children buy a...


House prices fall for second month in a row

Brits are feeling the pinch, but Nationwide is optimistic that by the end of the year, house prices will be 2% higher   What’s the latest? House prices fell for the second month in a row in April, with 0.4% shaved off property values. The drop, which followed a 0...


London rents fall for first time in eight years

Good news for tenants as slowdown in the capital sees rents on new tenancies fall by 1.2%, data from HomeLet reveals.   What’s the latest? The cost of renting a home in London has fallen for the first time in eight years. The average rent charged on a new tenancy...