Author Archives: Mark Dyason

Houses near an Amazon warehouse see a boost to their value, says new research

Local house prices can experience a boost from the arrival of an Amazon warehouse, according to new research. A study conducted by Opinium on behalf of Paragon Bank found that, on average, towns around the UK saw an average 11% … Continue reading

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The top 5 most in-demand property hotspots in towns and suburbs

Two notable things have happened to the UK property market over the past 18 months since that first lockdown in March 2020:

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Is overpaying your mortgage the right choice for you? The pros and cons

With the world almost grinding to a halt over the last 18 months and national lockdowns keeping everyone in their homes, many Brits have managed to save a little extra money.

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The 5 best university towns and cities for buy-to-let properties in the UK

University towns and cities can make ideal places for buy-to-let (BTL) properties. According to figures from the House of Commons, there were 2.46 million students attending higher education institutions during the 2019/20 academic year.

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UK high street banks launch their lowest fixed-rate mortgage deals ever

Mortgage rates have dropped steadily throughout 2021, as lenders have battled for customers in a tough, low-interest environment. The first sub-1% deals started appearing in June, with HSBC introducing a 0.99% two-year fixed-rate deal  for the first time since 2016. … Continue reading

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Five years on, how has Brexit impacted the UK property market?

It’s been more than five years since the UK decided to leave the EU, confirmed by the referendum held on 23 June 2016. In the last five years, the Brexit debate has rattled on, as debates over “hard”, “soft”, or … Continue reading

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Do Scottish house prices near a Waitrose really outperform those further away?

It’s become common folklore that house prices near a Waitrose outperform those further away. The claim comes from a 2016 Lloyds Banking Group study, which coined the phrase the “Waitrose effect” for the mysterious rise in house prices in the … Continue reading

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3 important reasons first-time buyers should always use a mortgage broker

Mortgage brokers have become even more important to first-time buyers over the past year, according to figures published in the FT Adviser in May. Half of all first-time buyers used a mortgage broker over the year from March 2020 to … Continue reading

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Why the impact of inflation might mean your mortgage costs you more

Inflation reached 2.5% in June, as a reopened UK economy saw a spending boom across restaurants, bars, and leisure activities. While this may feel like a far-off issue for you, inflation can have a tangible impact on your personal finances … Continue reading

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5 practical and easy ways to switch off when working from home

Covid dramatically changed the way we approach work, with nearly half of all people switching from the office to home working in 2020. Now, with many employers seeing home working as a viable option moving forward, it’s likely that home … Continue reading

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