Renting costs more than £1,000 per year more than buying

Servicing an interest-only mortgage on an average property in Britain costs £1,080 less per year than the cost of renting, according to the latest data released from property website Zoopla.co.uk Based on an analysis of properties on the market in the top...

House prices virtually unchanged in the last year

House prices in the three months to November were 0.7% lower than in the previous three months according to the latest Halifax House Price Index Commenting, Martin Ellis, housing economist, said "There has been very little change in house prices overall during...

Deferral of benefits for top rate taxpayers

One good piece of news for additional rate taxpayers in the 2012 Budget was the reduction in the top rate of income tax from 50% to 45%. This could make deferring bonuses and dividends worth considering The rate reduction will come into...

Autumn Statement - summary

For Individuals From 6th April 2013 income tax personal allowances will increased to £9,440 per year for those aged less than 65 The higher age related personal allowances (for those over 65) will not increase in 2013/14 AND it will now be...

More top property selling tips from Edinburgh's leading Estate Agents Blair Cadell

Here are Blair Cadell's top property selling tips to maximise your sale this Autumn season 1. Target Market and Timing The first step to selling your property quickly and painlessly is to consider your target market. Who do you think might buy...

Keeping rates relief for empty business premises

Business leaders have called on the Scottish Government to rethink plans to cut business rates relief for the owners of empty properties ahead of its final debate on the proposal on 29 Oct 2012 A third and final vote on the Local...

Housing market to end 2012 on a positive note

The UK housing market should see a slightly stronger end to the year with transaction levels expected to pick up and price falls predicted to slow, says the latest RICS UK housing market survey (9 October 2012) Helped by the prospect of...

Edinburgh property repairs scheme: Plan for major revamp

Edinburgh City Council is proposing a major revamp of its controversial housing repairs system following allegations of bribery, overcharging and unnecessary and poor quality work The Council's long standing system of statutory notices to enforce essential repairs on properties, where owners fail...

Only 5% deposit required under new new-build purchase scheme

The Scottish equivalent of the English "new buy scheme" where a new build house or flat can be purchased with as little as a 5% deposit has now been launched. The MI New Home Scheme is a joint Government/Builder indemnity guarantee scheme...

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