What’s the Olympic legacy for London’s property market?

August 16th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Guest Articles, Property Market | 4 Comments »

Has the rental market superseded the property ladder?

The official London2012 website states that ‘the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been the catalyst for the physical transformation of East London’ raising the profile of the area and bringing it to the attention of the world.

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The Future of Rental and Property Markets

August 15th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Property Market | 2 Comments »

It has recently been reported that buy-to-let investors are set to make a rather handsome return on their investments during the course of the next 13 years. This has come as a result of increasing rental prices and the fact that house prices are beginning to recover; this has enabled a further boost to the property market.

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Building a new home? The do’s and don’ts.

August 15th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Developers, Property Market | 3 Comments »

This has become an increasingly popular way of achieving your dream home; gone are the days of stripping wallpaper and painting walls, people are just building new ones! And why not? Building a new home is, in a lot of cases, better for the environment, cheaper and will save you more money in the long run.

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Solar Power – A Worthwhile Investment?

August 13th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Home Improvements | 1 Comment »

A lot of emphasis has been placed on the increasing importance of finding other reliable energy sources, but it is a fact that our current energy methods are having a severe affect on the environment. One of the sources that you have probably seen a lot of advertisements for is solar power; with many people choosing to have solar panels attached to their roofs. But is this a viable source for us all for the future?

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Ecovate Your Home and Reduce Your Fuel Bills

August 8th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Green Deal, Press Releases | Comments Off on Ecovate Your Home and Reduce Your Fuel Bills

With some details of the Government’s Green Deal still to be unveiled, The National Home Improvement Show spokesperson, Michael Holmes explains how taking sustainability and energy-efficiency into account when renovating or extending can make an immediate and significant difference to your energy bills and reduce your home’s carbon footprint.

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Pre-paid Funeral Plans – good planning?

August 8th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Financial Products | Comments Off on Pre-paid Funeral Plans – good planning?

Our own funeral is not something we all want to think about. However, funerals are expensive (the average funeral costs around £3000) and we do not want to leave our loved ones with a financial burden at an emotional time. That is why an ever-increasing number of people are taking out pre-paid funeral plans.

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First-Time Buyers guide to HomeBuy Schemes

August 6th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Financial Products, Mortgages, Property Market | Comments Off on First-Time Buyers guide to HomeBuy Schemes

Looking to buy your first home can be one of the most exciting but most daunting experiences so far in your life. All this talk of deposits, mortgages and insurance can leave you feeling unsure, concerned and a bit like a fish out of water. That’s why it is vital that you understand each and every part of the house buying procedure so you don’t find yourself in financial difficulty further down the line.

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Rising Rents for Tenants for Third Consecutive Month

July 30th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Landlords, Property Market | 2 Comments »

According to Buy-to-Let Index figures released by LSL Property Services plc, tenants have seen a rise in rent for the third month in a row. In June, rent averages rose to £718 per month in England and Wales, up 0.9% on May’s figures. With the figure almost reaching that record high of a £720 monthly rate that was reached in October 2011, concerns are being raised within the rental market.

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Time to convert your attic space and create a loft room?

July 26th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Improvements, Property Market | 2 Comments »

In the current economic climate, it’s easy to feel disheartened and fed up with your current home; but moving, in many cases, is simply not an option. That’s why many people have turned to loft conversions, an effective way of not only creating much needed additional space within your home but adding value to your property as a whole.

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Understanding Money Laundering Requirements in Conveyancing Transactions

July 18th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Legal, Property Conveyancing, Property Market | 5 Comments »

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 solicitors, along with other professionals, are under a legal obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure that their firms’ client accounts are not used by criminals for the purpose of laundering money earned through illegal activities.

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Lender Assisted Sales to Avoid Repossession

July 9th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Mortgages, Property Market | Comments Off on Lender Assisted Sales to Avoid Repossession

With a combination of falling house prices and rising unemployment, conditions are ripe for another sharp spike in repossessions. Only low interest rates are keeping repossessions in check at the moment but a rise of even a couple of percentage points, which is surely inevitable in order to control inflation, and a large number of families will begin to default on mortgage repayments. When they do, many will find they can’t sell their way out due to negative equity (they owe more on the property than it is worth).

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