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03 Feb 2020
Data shows lifeline needed for first time buyers
The Bank of Mum and Dad looks set for another busy year after new analysis of house price data has revealed house prices in London and the South-East are “almost entirely dislocated” from average earnings. Conversely, the research from Savills, the estate agents, has revealed house prices in Wales and the North of England are keeping pace with earnings.
Tags: Mortgage
26 Nov 2019
Degrees of difficulty – so think before you leap
A startling study released last week shows those educated to degree-level are more at risk of pension fraud than those without the qualification. A survey from the Financial Conduct Authority and the Pension Regulator shows fraudsters offering ‘free pension reviews’ with unsolicited phone calls target those with larger pension pots.
Tags: Cyber
21 Nov 2019
The big householder question answered
It’s perhaps one of the great first-world questions of our time. Not, will I need a visa to go to France next year, nor, will my adult kids ever leave home, nor, why are avocados so expensive these days, but: How much cheaper is it to pay off a mortgage than rent for 30 years?
Tags: Mortgage
23 Oct 2019
Choked off Stamp Duty giving government a headache
It seems the UK government might have another little headache on its hands. And this is one which might benefit us all as pressure continues to build on the power-that-be to reform the moribund Stamp Duty regime.
Tags: Mortgage
17 Oct 2019
Anxious empty-nesters have nothing to fear
In our enlightened age where we are more sensitive about conditions which were previously cured with a swift ‘pull your socks up’ – a new syndrome has been identified. It is called Empty Nest Syndrome.
14 Oct 2019
Lending to your children – how to do it right.
The Earth is spherical, concrete is hard and there’s no rhyme for orange. And in further unsurprising news, the Bank of Mum and Dad is now a top ten lender in the UK, dishing out £6.3bn in the last year to help get their children on the housing ladder.
08 Oct 2019
Money matters, so talk and be open about it.
In this digital era where dialogue tends to be undertaken in silence with two thumbs and a mobile phone, one wonders if the true art of conversation – like rhetoric – is being forgotten.
02 Oct 2019
How to avoid your BoMaD dream becoming a nightmare
Cue sound of stomping upstairs. Cue stomping. Loud teenage female voice: “If you hate me so much why did you bother having me!” Slam of door vibrates through house. “You’re still not borrowing the car!” Roll forward 15 years. “But Dad! I thought it was a gift! The money for the house, I mean (tears). You never said it was a loan and now you want it back with interest!” Ooops. The joys of parenthood huh?
25 Sep 2019
Time to sit for your BoMaD exams
Even if you didn’t have the extreme misfortune to have booked a late summer holiday with Thomas Cook, you will no doubt still be wincing slightly at the forgotten credit card bills from foreign restaurants, cafes and adventures.
16 Aug 2019
Gout and about
I have discovered, or rather been painfully reminded, this week there can be consequences for having too much fun. Namely, gout. Serves you right, I hear you say. But it is, painfully dull.
Tags: Mortgage
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