Going, going, gone to the auction!

If you think property auctions are only for professional property developers or investors think again. They can be a great place to pick up a family home. In 2017, some £3,190 million worth of UK residential property was sold at auction, accounting for 21,024...

The path ahead for the global economy

Much has happened to keep us busy in 2018 so far, but there’s plenty to come in the second half of the year in terms of the political and economic events that could shape the future direction of markets, and your investments. It will be interesting to see what, if any...

Don’t fall for a pension scam

Frank Field, Labour MP and chair of an influential parliamentary committee, has called for legislative action to help keep pension savings safe. This comes after Police data shows that more than £43m of people’s retirement savings have been lost to fraud since the...

Is now the right time to fix your mortgage?

November 2017 saw the Bank of England raise interest rates for the first time in a decade, from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent, causing a number of lenders to increase their mortgage rates. The Bank of England has indicated there could be further rate rises, so if...

Freehold or leasehold: the ins and outs

When buying a property, you can do so either on a leasehold or freehold basis and there are important differences to be aware of before you sign on the dotted line. With a leasehold property you own the property and its land for a fixed period, depending on the...

Need Help To Buy?

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....

Do you know your credit rating?

If you’re looking to take your first steps onto the housing ladder you may have sacrificed your takeaways and holidays to save the deposit and scoured hundreds of houses online. But have your checked your credit history? Even if you’re remortgaging or...

Welcome Relief for Investors

Every client we meet has a unique and varied range of financial planning needs, so it’s important to establish priorities as the first step towards creating a meaningful and relevant financial plan. When it comes to investment planning, one such priority is...

Taking Control of Your Investments

Getting a clear, concise view of your investment portfolio can be difficult and time-consuming. That’s why we use a secure, online system known as a Platform. A Platform gives you secure, online access to your investment funds with a transparent,...

Making Sure Your Mortgage is Paid Off

We think protection advice is imperative when you have a home or family you want to protect. So, talk to us about a mortgage and we’ll talk to you about life cover. Buying a house could be one of the biggest financial commitments you’ll make: getting a...