Fri 21 Nov 2014
Property buyers in the UK are now better off than renters within five years on average.
Mortgage repayments for someone with 10% equity in their home come in at around PS316 a month more than renting the same property. However, even though renters pay less a month and can save money, Zoopla has found that buying a home is more cost effective after just five years.
Research by the property ...read more
Fri 14 Nov 2014
Giving your home a sense of warmth is a more cost effective and creative way to make your house feel cosy, than just turning up the heating is. As we approach December, the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder. The one place you want to feel warm and cosy during the winter months is in your home.
Rooms in your house that once felt light and airy during the bright, summ ...read more
Mon 10 Nov 2014
The past couple of years have been seen it become increasingly tough for first time buyers to get a mortgage. More forms and checks have been put in place and applications take longer than ever. The group of people who have suffered the most from these changes are those who are self-employed.
In November, the "Mortgage Market Review" was introduced, where most lenders insisted on those ...read more
Tue 04 Nov 2014
Research has found that 33 homes worth over PS1 million were sold every single day during the first half of 2014.
The data from Lloyds Bank also highlighted the gaping differences in property prices at each end of the country, with more million pound houses changing hands in St Albans than in the whole of Scotland.
According to the figures, there were 6,143 sales of properties priced over ...read more
Wed 29 Oct 2014
It's getting to that time of year where the shops start to get busier, high streets flood with shoppers and your hard earned money gradually seems to slip out of your bank account - you guessed it, it's the Christmas season.
According to research from YouGov, the average UK household will spend around PS822 on Christmas this year. This means that the worth of your home, or at least wh ...read more
Mon 27 Oct 2014
With Halloween just around the corner, we are sure everybody is getting there Ghoul head on and really getting into the old Hallows' Eve spirit. This is the time of year that ghost enthusiasts can really come into their own, however even if you think you can watch endless scary films back to back without so much as a twitch, do you think you could be just as confident staying in a haunted h ...read more
Mon 13 Oct 2014
We have all dealt with our fair share of small spaces in life, especially those who have either travelled, or lived in city centre accommodation. When it comes to making the most out of a smaller than average house layout, space can be very much of an issue. Using quirky ideas may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it certainly can help maximise the amount of space within your home.
If yo ...read more
Mon 06 Oct 2014
With summer well out of the window and winter slowly creeping up on us, it's time to start whacking up the heating and setting a light to the wood burner. As nice as a warm house is during the winter months, one thing that frequently gets on the nerves of home owners is condensation on the windows, especially if it is a beautiful white snowy day outside.
Condensation is formed due to the ...read more
Tue 30 Sep 2014
Green homes help save the environment. With the amount of pollution from everyday life, i.e. exhaust fumes, electricity and pollutant gases from industrial sites, the environment could use every bit of help it can get. Over the past five years, we have seen a huge increase in the amount of homeowners attempting to "go green", following simple steps such as, switching plugs off, washing in ...read more
Fri 12 Sep 2014
We have all seen our fair share of small homes when looking for property, especially in the southern areas of England, but the former storage shed on Richmond Avenue has to take first position as Britain's smallest home. Coming in at PS275,000, this one bed dwelling is situated in Islington and is now believed to be the smallest property in Great Britain at just 188 square foot.
For those ...read more