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UK housing market may not be at saturation point

Prolonged economic growth could lead to a rise in the proportion of people owning their home, according to research by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. The research compares patterns of home ownership in this country with the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It looks at whether growth in owner-occupation has slowed for economic reasons or because the housing market has come up against a longer term social limit.

In the UK, 67 per cent of people live in owner-occupied homes. The report suggests policy-makers should not assume the housing market has reached maturity once owner-occupation is more than 60 per cent, and predicts owner-occupation in the UK will continue to grow.


Trusty guide shows way to sidestep tax

The David Aaron Partnership is publishing a new guide aimed at providing advice on setting up trusts for children to avoid tax.The IFA wants to promote how to set up a trust fund free to avoid inheritance, income and capital gains taxes.It explains the types of trust and discusses advantages and disadvantages of each type. […]

Knee-jerk surrenders bring calls for cooling-off period

IFAs are calling for the FSA to impose a cooling-off period on endowment surrenders to protect policyholders from needlessly cashing in their plans.Advisers fear many of their clients have been panicked into surrendering policies after receiving letters saying they could be facing shortfalls on their mortgage endowments.They have slammed the FSA for whipping up an […]

GE may return to ScotLife bidding

GE Capital may re-enter the bidding for Scottish Life if an auction is declared or if IFAs show sufficient support for a GE-owned ScotLife, claim sources close to GE.The move follows the suspension of talks on Friday between GE and ScotLife after failing to agree a price.It is believed the pension specialist did not think […]

Skipton Building Society – Flexible Two-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage

Friday, 29th September 2000Type: Fixed-rate flexible mortgage.Fixed term: Until October 31, 2002.Fixed rate: Up to 80 per cent of valuation with insurance – 5.49 per cent, up to 80 per cent of valuation without insurance – 5.74 per cent, up to 95 per cent of valuation with insurance – 5.74 per cent, up to 95 […]


Lifetime Isa – how it works

According to George Osborne “people like Isas – because they’re simple”. Fiona Tait is not convinced… Contributions & bonuses What he said: “From April 2017, anyone under the age of 40 will be able to open a Lifetime Isa and save up to £4,000 each year. And for every £4 you save, the Government will […]


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