Tag: Personal finance

1 in 10 of us will get a second job to cover the cost of Christmas

New research shows that 21.2 million people are looking at other ways to help them raise funds to pay for Christmas. According to a survey from Scottish Friendly, 1 in 5 Londoners will be looking for a second job to … Continue reading

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Posted by: Samantha Turner Categories: Economy, Finance, Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , Leave a comment

Barclays prepares to launch ‘video call’ banking

Barclays customers are to be the first able to conduct face-to-face video calls with their branch’s advisers from the comfort of their own homes, in the latest consumer-orientated move made by lenders aware of the flourishing digital age the world … Continue reading

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Act now to take advantage of new stamp duty rules

In his Autumn Statement George Osborne announced some welcome news for homebuyers. Revealing a new graduated approach to stamp duty, Osborne has ensured the British public that 98% of homebuyers will be pay less duty on property purchases from today.

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Posted by: Nicola Severn Categories: Buying, Buying Property, House Prices, Industry News, Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

Housing is still much more affordable than 2007 in every region except London

Housing affordability is crucial to the fortunes of the residential housing market – and the wider economy. Yet its measurement isn’t necessarily as easy to grasp as one might think. Hamptons International’s new Ability to Buy Index provides a more … Continue reading

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Countrywide Lettings Scoop Top 4 Industry Awards

Countrywide plc, the UK’s largest integrated property services group, has been named Large Lettings Agency of the Year, Employer of the Year and Property Management Company of the Year at The Negotiator Awards 2014. Countrywide plc were also delighted to … Continue reading

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Posted by: Nicola Severn Categories: Letting, Renting Tags: , , Comments Off

Mastercard unveils pioneering biometric bank card using thumbprint technology as identification

  Mastercard has unveiled its pioneering biometric bank card enabling consumers to carry out transactions in shops across the UK using their thumbprint as identification.

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How could making mortgage overpayments affect your credit rating?

For many with mortgages, interest rates remaining static lately has been rather helpful. Low interest rates have meant that the mortgage market has been very competitive, and for many on a long-term low tracker rate it’s been quite beneficial.

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Posted by: Leanne Halsey Categories: Mortgages, Property Advice, Savings Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off

The MMR Muddle

If you’re looking to buy a new home it’s likely that you’ve heard about the recent changes to the new mortgage lending criteria which were introduced earlier this year.  But do you understand exactly what the Mortgage Market Review is … Continue reading

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Posted by: Leanne Halsey Categories: Finance, Mortgages Tags: , , , , , Comments Off