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A landlord from Bracknell, Berkshire, has spoken out about her nightmare ordeal after her housing benefit tenant failed to pass on the payments. This issue has been widely reported and discussed within the buy-to-let industry but now a landlord has come out publicly to talk about it. The non-payments left Mrs Trivedy and her self-employed partner in an extremely difficult financial position. Continue reading

Budget 2013 - Capital Allowances

A Government move to allow automatic direct payments of housing benefit to landlords, has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA). Continue reading


Successfully staging a property to secure a sale has never been more important. Potential buyers need to experience an uncluttered space with just the right amount of furniture to inform the function of each room and when it comes to staging, the secret weapon is storage. Professional stagers will often remove over half the contents of a home to make it feel more spacious and inviting, harnessing offsite storage to make this possible. So by using a combination of strategic decluttering and effective storage, any investor can stage a property like the pros: Continue reading

CML Gross Mortgage Lending

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) reported that in February the Gross Mortgage Lending was £10.5 billion. Continue reading

Budget 2013 - Capital Allowances

Thanks to Arthur Kemp from Exact for providing this budget update on capital allowances for 2013.

There were no surprises in the Budget from a Capital Allowances view point, but here are the main points:- Continue reading


Whether you’ve got your heart set on moving or are simply planning for the future, it never hurts to carry out some home improvements – especially ones that could ultimately add value to your property. Continue reading


Choosing your perfect home abroad is a big decision so it’s vital that you do your research thoroughly to ensure you get a property that’s really right for you.

A Place in the Sun Live, the official exhibition of the hit Channel 4 TV show, is the perfect place to start your property hunt as you can find a wealth of information about buying property abroad under one roof – all at London Olympia on 12th-14th April 2013. Continue reading


Households have varying needs when it comes to home finance needs. Certain people have different concerns in this area although they do have one thing in common, at times it can be a bit overwhelming to balance the demands of everyday life and keep your financial tasks up to date. Continue reading


Whether there is a need to dress a house prior to renting or it’s just time for a change in the home, individuals looking to overhaul their living spaces will want to do so without going over their budgets. If the home owner is new to decorating, it may seem a bit overwhelming at first. By keeping in mind some of these tips, however, the decorating process can be completed without breaking the bank. Continue reading


What is a lifetime mortgage?

A lifetime mortgage is a loan secured on your home which is only repaid when you die or when you go into care. It allows individuals to borrow money against the current value of their property without any need to make monthly payments. This, therefore, has no reduction in family budget. Continue reading