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Avoid stamp duty costs by downsizing and renting

If you intend to downsize in 2020 and avoid paying stamp duty, renting could be an attractive option.

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4th Dec 2019
Jamie Turnbull
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Exclusive active living for the over-55s

In a much sought-after corner of Cheshire, an exclusive new residential development is redefining active living for the over-55s. Welcome to Sanctuary Wilmslow.

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2nd Dec 2019
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Property investment fund opportunity?

Property funds have been under the spotlight for some time but with continued Brexit uncertainty do opportunities bring value for money? Peter McGahan tells all.

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17th Oct 2019
Peter McGahan
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Assured tenancy vs assured shorthold tenancy – what’s the difference?

Jamie Turnbull looks at issues facing people who want to downsize and rent on the open market. This month, he explains the difference between assured tenancy and assured shorthold tenancy.

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12th Sep 2019
Jamie Turnbull
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The health benefits of retiring by the sea

Winter sun or fresh sea air? Both rank highly for Brits who are considering a move in their retirement. Here, Jamie Turnbull looks at the potential health benefits of retiring by the sea.

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21st Aug 2019
Jamie Turnbull
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Release equity in your home to spend on family and retirement

Unlocking capital from your home can help you get on with living and enjoying your retirement, writes Gillian Girling.

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23rd Jul 2019
Gillian Girling
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Moving back to the UK after living abroad

Inflated property prices are a barrier to expats wanting to return the UK, but buying is not the best or only option explains Gillian Girling.

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17th Jun 2019
Gillian Girling
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Moving house – top tips for a stress free move

The stress of moving house is a path few a keen to tread too often. Here, Gillian Girling offers some useful tips to ensure your house move runs as smooth as clockwork.

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28th May 2019
Gillian Girling
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Mortgages if you’re approaching retirement age

The property market is set for a period of change, writes Ruban Selvanayagam, and it looks set to present more choice to those in or approaching retirement.

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8th May 2019
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Here's why you need to pay off your mortgage before retirement

Financial responsibility now is the way towards a happy retirement in the future. Follow these steps to pay off your mortgage sooner rather than later.

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25th Apr 2019
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Pay off your mortgage?

Before paying off your mortgage, Peter McGahan says look at what other debts you might have such as credit cards and unsecured loans where the monthly cost is greater.

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15th Apr 2019
Peter McGahan
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Lopsided boat of property investing

Normal conditions mean a normal return, but these are not normal times says Peter McGahan as he outlines the risk of pinning all your hope on property

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11th Apr 2019
Peter McGahan
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Why more people want to downsize when they retire

How rental could be the alternative to spending retirement rattling around in a large home and having the worry and expense of its upkeep.

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1st Apr 2019
Gillian Girling
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Why rent instead of buy?

Renting may not suit everyone, but it’s growing in popularity and more retired people could step off off the property ladder and join ‘Generation Rent’, writes Gillian Girling.

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7th Mar 2019
Gillian Girling
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Mortgage: Two or five years fixed rate

If you are considering taking out a fixed-rate mortgage in the coming months, consider how a hard Brexit could impact your pocket.

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2nd Oct 2018
Peter McGahan
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Top tips when planning a house move

The euphoria of completing on a house sale can be overshadowed by unforeseen expense incurred in a move - especially if you miscalculate your insurance cover.

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21st Sep 2018
50connect editorial
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Better mortgages can give you a day off work!

When was the last time you assessed the value of your mortgage? Remember to shop around, fees are different, as are rates - and the benefits of mortgage efficiency very attractive indeed!

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26th Jul 2018
Peter McGahan
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There's a gite for every budget

Stewart Andersen considers the French gite market and property opportunities for Brits interested in value for money and rental potential.

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25th Jul 2018
Stewart Andersen
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Downsizing? Five questions to ask yourself first

Whether you plan to downsize to a park home or any other kind of property, here are the five necessary steps to consider prior to your move.

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30th May 2018
50connect editorial
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Head to Malaga to breathe cleaner air in your second home

Overseas property expert Stewart Andersen looks at second home options offered on Taylor Wimpey Espana's new development at La Reserva de Alcuzcuz, Benahavis.

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10th Apr 2018
Stewart Andersen
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How to choose an architect?

Loft conversions, building extensions or renovating a buy-to-let? Tina Patel has tips on where to start when choosing an architect.

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5th Apr 2018
50connect editorial
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5 key people you need when selling land or property

When it comes to dealing in property if your gut says someone is not the right person to represent you, then listen to that feeling says Alex Harrington-Griffin.

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6th Mar 2018
50connect editorial
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House price imperfect storm

Peter McGahan examines how buy-to-let landlords are being hit by new borrowing rules pushing the market down by 17% year on year.

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19th Feb 2018
Peter McGahan
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Why this is looking like an excellent time to consider buying a property in France

Stewart Andersen says market conditions and price stability make 2018 an attractive year to invest in property in France.

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15th Feb 2018
Stewart Andersen
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House prices? Should I stay or should I go?

At a time when you may be questioning whether or not to move on or invest in a second property, Peter McGahan outlines the arguments for and against.

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1st Feb 2018
Peter McGahan
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The hidden expense of buying new property

Average Britons spend £10,000 on upgrades in the first five years of living in a new property, writes Stewart Andersen.

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29th Nov 2017
Stewart Andersen
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Investing in buy-to-let for extra retirement income

Buy-to-let mortgages have been back in the news recently, on the one hand, there has been a plethora of tax changes which have affected landlord finances, whilst on the other hand there have been some excellent investment returns.

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26th Oct 2017
50connect editorial
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Homebuyers don't understand property surveys and reports

YouGov survey identifies homebuyers’ lack of understanding regarding property surveys and reports.

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24th Aug 2017
50connect editorial
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Finance > Property

Gifting your property to your children

Jill Rushton, Associate and Probate Solicitor at, Stephensons, explains how to gift property to children and minimise your exposure to inheritance tax.

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22nd Aug 2017
50connect editorial
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Watch the rain….not the jelly

Remorgaging up by 24%, buy-to-let down 60% year on year, Peter McGahan takes a pragmatic look at effect Brexit and a hung Parliament has had on the housing market.

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10th Jul 2017
Peter McGahan


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