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2018 began with a surprising pick-up in house price growth, up 0.6% month-on-month with January seeing a ten-month high increase of 3.2 per cent. Even with the wider economy and Brexit developments, the housing market activity is only expected to slow a modest amount....

How to fund a university education

Before the introduction of student loans you may have left university with a bank overdraft. But the sum owed probably paled into insignificance compared to the five-figure debts faced by the coming generation of graduates. According to the Institute for Fiscal...

Saving at all ages

The news is always full of stats about first-time buyers: in 2016 there were an estimated 335,750 first-time buyers – the highest figure since 359,900 in 2007 the average first-time deposit has more than doubled since 2007 to more than £32,000 • the average...

The Advantage of ISAs

The original use of the term ‘nest-egg’ comes from an artificial egg being put into a nest to induce a hen to lay. These days we often refer to our hard-earned savings as our nest-egg, and the recent rise in the ISA allowance gives additional incentive to...

The Downside of Downsizing

The decision to sell up and move to a smaller property could come as a result of children flying the nest, the need to free up cash, or both. Whatever the reason, there are costs to downsizing that are important to know about before you make the move.  The ‘hidden’...