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House Prices Forecasts Improving

A recent survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) suggests that house prices could be set to achieve modest but steady growth over the next five years. The survey pointed to a difference in sentiment about short term […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Uncertain

For the last few months, property investors have had to contend with a veritable storm of changes. In spring, the housing market was greatly perturbed by the Government’s tax hike on stamp duty, which saw a flood of new purchases […]

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August Decision on Interest Rates

On 4th August 2016, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to set the base rate of lending to a historic new low of 0.25%. The new rate, though a record, did not come as a great surprise […]

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Pensions Under Pressure

British pensioners breathed a small sigh of relief on 31st July when, despite calls for abolition, the Government confirmed its continuing commitment to the ‘triple lock’ principle of pension protection. In the short term, it appears safe but it’s a […]

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Tax Changes May Favour Investment in the North

April 2017 will see the phasing in of the Government’s much-criticised plan to reduce tax relief on mortgage interest payments. In other words, landlords and prospective investors now have only eight months to prepare for the change and to get […]

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Mixed Messages

Last week presented property investors with a rather complicated mix of good and bad news. It was a period in which the IMF sharply reduced its forecasts for UK economic growth, inflation rose faster than expected, and a growing number […]

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Property in Perspective – Part 2

In the first part of this article, we reflected on some of the gloomier economic predictions surrounding the British economy. We also made the important point that economic growth and success as an investor do not necessarily go hand in […]

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Property in Perspective – Part 1

Almost a month has passed since the EU Referendum and, in that time, investors have seen little or no let-up in market uncertainty. On the face of it, it would be easy to assume that things are going badly. Only […]

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A Time for Planning Ahead

This week sees the appointment of a new Prime Minister and her new Cabinet, which includes the incoming Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond. The new team is focused on stabilising the economy after a period of considerable volatility and […]

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Property Prices After ‘The Vote’ – Part 2

Another point to remember is that the cost of borrowing might be set for another fall. The Bank of England looks ready to reduce the base rate this month, raising the prospect that an already competitive mortgage market might produce […]

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