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  • Things to consider before moving abroad

    Things to consider before moving abroad

    If you’re thinking of joining the 320,000 people who left the UK for foreign climes last year, then read on. Moving abroad will change your life forever, its kind of key that you think things through well before you make the leap. I speak from experience, because I did just that 10 years ago. I

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    Understanding and calculating rental yield

    Understanding and calculating rental yield

    The buy to let market can be a really lucrative one, especially as demand has soared as more people are unable to make it onto the first rung of the property ladder. Understanding and calculating rental yield is important in making future decisions on your buy to let property purchase. Many people cannot afford to

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    How to add value to your home

    How to increase the value of your home

    Six ways to increase the value of your home Whether you’re thinking of selling soon or at some point in the future, it’s worth considering how some improvements can increase the value of your home. There are some changes that will help to increase the price and give you a better chance of selling. However, other

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    mortgage lending

    New mortgage lending rules

    The government has been tinkering with legislation again. This time in relation to new mortgage lending rules. It is a further attempt to prevent another wholesale collapse of the housing market, and simultaneously help homeowners make responsible decisions about debt. The new rules came into force on 26th April this year. Here is a simple

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    Are you entitled to a stamp duty rebate?

    If you’ve bought a home in a ‘disadvantaged’ area over the last decade then there’s a chance you could be entitled to a stamp duty rebate – but you have to act fast. HMRC’s Disadvantaged Areas Relief (DAR) reduced the amount of stamp duty payable on properties up to £150,000 in one of 2,000 areas

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    Buying a listed building

    A listed building is one that has been awarded special status due to its architectural or historical interest. A listed building is afforded certain protections from alterations that may cause the reason for its interest to be damaged in some way. The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed. It

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