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Will your retirement plans withstand Brexit fears?

With the full force of Brexit yet to be felt, those who are saving for retirement need to be wary of the potential impact on their plans. While markets have remained resilient following the initial shock of the Brexit vote, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned that the impact of the decision to exit the European Union has continued to weigh heavily on the wider economy. “The employment rate has remained around record highs, but the sharp depreciation of sterling following the referendum pushed up consumer price inflation, squeezing household real income and consumption,” it said, having downgraded its growth forecasts for the UK earlier last year. The IMF’s report comes after the Bank of England warned that Brexit was having a “noticeable impact” on the economic outlook and that the UK’s split from the European Union will probably hamper productivity and slow growth. “Brexit-related constraints on investment and...
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What can Property Investors expect in the new financial year?

Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – talks about what property investors can expect in the new financial year: Richard, how are things looking in the marketplace right now? Well, the new financial year has just begun so time will tell if doom and gloom or concern will return to the property sector thanks to Brexit and the much talked about interest rate rises or if the market remains positive with returns to be made. I feel pretty confident though! What’s your view on prices? Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the economic effect it will have, property prices have remained resilient. 2017 was a year of growth in property values. Looking at various mortgage lender’s statistics, in 2017 a typical home grew by an average of just over £7,000, based on an average price of £220,000. The common belief for 2018 is that growth nationally...
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What Have The Recent Tax Hikes Cost The Average Landlord?

At the beginning of the tax year of 2016-17 then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne implemented a 3% hike in stamp duty on houses which are not main residences. A tax mainly effecting landlords which has reportedly raked in over £1.4 Billion, more than double what was expected. Couple this taxation with rising mortgage rates as well as new restrictions on the interest tax relief on them, this is bad news for the net profit of those who buy-to-let. Jeff Djevdet, Director of a ‘we buy any house’ company explores what this means for the average landlord. Firstly, let’s take stock of some of the facts and figures that factor in to what this will be costing those who buy-to-let; According to the Office for National Statistics, the cost of the average property sold in 2016 was around £220,000; up around 50% from the low point of the housing price...
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Ahead of new regulations, 73% of landlords and tenants are not aware of their property’s EPC rating

    73% of landlords/tenants are not aware of their property’s EPC rating 65% aren’t aware that improving their rating could save them money 95% have not measured their EPC rating New research has emerged revealing a number of staggering misconceptions around how Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings can impact a property’s environmental footprint and save a landlord or tenant money. Book your EPC here The poll, commissioned by insurance agency Just Landlords, was conducted strictly with those involved in the UK private rental market, and found that 48% of those asked did not know that upgrading their insulation would improve their EPC rating.  Of those surveyed, less than two thirds, 58%, knew that the condition of windows had an effect on a property’s EPC rating, and 80% didn’t know an EPC rating could be an indication of how environmentally friendly a house is. 30% did not even know that an...
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Seven ages of retirement planning

Research provides insight into the different ages at which people move from one financial phase to another. The division of human life into a series of ages appears to have been a common theme among writers and philosophers through the ages. Indeed, the idea is famously explored in a monologue from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, which compares the world to a stage and catalogues the seven stages of a man's life. Whilst society has advanced somewhat since those words were first put to paper, a similar division can be used to look at the milestones at which people today start to move from one financial ‘age’ to the other. The insurer Aviva asked over-50s who had been proactive in saving for retirement to recall when they started doing so1.  From this it constructed the seven ages of retirement planning (see table below). Starting out Just over a quarter of those questioned said...
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