Councils have the right to charge tax on empty properties

I have read an article stating that the Government have given local authorities the right to start changing council tax on empty properties. Philip Hammond stated "It can’t be right to leave property empty when so many are desperate for a place to live" We all know this is a load of crap. It is another way to generate money for a starving government. I don't know about the rest of the country but around here landlords want rent money and if a property is empty it is usually because it is going through read more

FTB pay no stamp duty but what about Scotland???

I have just read that the chancellor is eliminating stamp duty for FTB's up to £300,000.00 Read the article. http://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2017/11/22/budget-2017-hammond-slashes-stamp-duty-for-first-time-buyers/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=Daily%20SP29%20TML&utm_campaignid=893&utm_cmdid=52561 BUT, what about Scotland?? Will the SNP do the same???? read more

Nationwide to entre the equity release market

I have just read an article about homeowners over 55 releasing equity from there homes and that Nationwide Building Society are now going to lend to this market. The highlights are 1) Available to 55 – 84-year olds 2) Up to 46% loan to value depending on age 3) No fees including legal and survey 4) You can port to a new property 5) You can take additional borrowing 6) Can pay back up to 10% per year Read here if you want all the detail read more

Mortgage Price War is Over

I have read an article expressing the doom and gloom of the current interest rate raise expressing how not only the base rate raising to .50% but also how the fix, tracker and discount rates have also climbed. Here is the article if you would like to read http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-5077957/End-line-sub-1-mortgage-rates.html What does this mean in real terms for most us leaving in Scotland? Around £8.00 more per month. That’s right £8.00 Does this mean that our customers should read more

Want to increase the value of your home???

I have read an article about Mr and Mrs Rafferty and how they added value to their home by raising money to complete and extension and replace windows. (READ HERE if you are interested) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/remortgaged-renovate-homes-worth-extra-200k-rising-rates-still/ Maybe you are the type of customer who would like to stay put in their current home but need more space. The answer could be found in the equity of your current home. For example, if your current home is read more