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Autumn Budget 2017 In Brief

Private Rented Sector Longer tenancies – The government will consult on the barriers to landlords offering longer, more secure tenancies to those tenants who want them. Private rented sector access schemes – The government will provide £20 million of funding for schemes to support people at risk of homelessness to access and sustain tenancies in…
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Our 2018 Predictions

It is very difficult to believe that another year is nearly over, but as we roll towards year end, here are our predictions for the North-East property market in 2018. As always opinion of what the markets ‘will do’ or ‘could do’ will vary based on location and opinion and perception of the facts out…
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The Bank of England has cut interest rates to 0.25%

The Bank of England has cut interest rates to 0.25% The Bank’s governor had used a speech a week after Britain voted to leave the EU to reassure business leaders and investors that the Bank’s contingency plans were “working well” and that it was considering more measures to safeguard financial stability, this cut was not…
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Freehold Leasehold What Are The Differences

One of the most important factors in property purchase relates to whether you are purchasing the property and the land (Freehold) or simply the part or the whole of the property and leasing the land (Leasehold)? Do you understand the differences and the implications? Freehold ownership means that the land is owned as well as the…
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Can you feel the squeeze on Buy To Lets

As you are a buy-to-let investor, you'd be forgiven for feeling rather despondent following the Chancellor's recent crackdown. A stamp duty hike for buy-to-let purchases has already arrived - with a corresponding spike in sales beforehand - and mortgage interest relief for tax on rental income will start to be hacked back next April. Add…
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Where Are The Best Places to Buy a Rental Property?

If the tax changes haven't deterred you and you're still looking to invest in a buy-to-let property, where are the best locations? For those who have yield as their ultimate goal, a list of the most attractive buy-to-let locations have been revealed. There will be no surprise for most investors that these are in the…
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Number Of Sales Soared Ahead Of Stamp Duty Hike

Number Of Sales Soared Ahead Of Stamp Duty Hike We felt the volume, and lived the increased pressure for the whole of March, and now we have the confirmation that it was not simply a mirage nor was it a false sense of being overly busy! As according to data from LSL Property Services this…
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New Stamp Duty Thresholds & Calculator 2016

As some of you will already know, as of April 2016 the thresholds for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) have been changed. Below you can find the New Stamp Duty Thresholds & Calculator 2016 (produced by HMRC for the April 2016). Residential land or property SDLT (New Stamp Duty Thresholds) Purchase price of property Rate…
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Expatriate Wills – How To Plan

Expatriate Wills - How To Plan Should you have a Will when you are an expatriate & in which country should it be? No matter what your age, having a legally binding expatriate Will in your country of residence is vital if you want your final estate to be distributed as per your wishes –…
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UK Company Sets Equity Crowdfunding Record for Eureeca – Crowdfund Insider

Homes Or Houses has made it into the news once again, breaking previous records for equity crowdfunding for Eureeca. Homes Or Houses managed to raise 151% of its goal in under 30 days with the Dubai-based equity crowdfunding Platform. Click the link below to read the full article. Dubai-based equity crowdfunding platform Eureeca has set…
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