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"Bank of McMum and McDad" is favoured way to pay for Scots' property moves

One in six (16%) second steppers in Scotland are contemplating turning to the bank of mum and dad to plug the gap between the value of their first home and the cost of the house they would ideally move to, according to...
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'Flying' start for Help to Buy equity loan scheme

Around 4000 people have reserved a new home using the Equity Loan part of the Government's flagship Help to Buy scheme in just two months.   The Equity Loan scheme, launched on April 1, has already seen developers committing to increasing supply,...

Elderly care - wisdom and choices

"Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young" Theodore Roosevelt   Advances in medical science mean the prospect of us living into old age have increased greatly. While this provides the chance to...
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Preparing Your Property for Market

To get the best possible price for your property good presentation is essential. It is important to make sure that your property stands out from the crowd when getting it ready for sale or rent. Instant Improvements First impressions are crucial. A...

To Buy or Not To Buy - The Challenges Facing First Time Buyers

As property experts, Blair Cadell are in the best place to advise you on your purchase plans, with area and price comparisons, and opinion on market conditions, practical property issues and negotiating tactics. As is only too apparent in today's tricky climate,...

Social Media in Business TOP TIPS

When used properly, social media can be a great tool to help your business reach potential customers and stay connected to current ones. Here are a few tips for start-ups looking to pursue a social media strategy.   Demonstrate what your company...

Entrepreneurs' Relief: What you need to know

Entrepreneurs' Relief is a capital gains tax relief available to those selling or giving away their business. Here are some tips to help you get to grips with this key business relief Entrepreneurs' Relief: Summary Entrepreneurs' Relief reduced the amount of CGT...

Paying for Elderly Care in Scotland

Domiciliary Care (care at home) If you are over 65, living in Scotland, and have been assessed by the Social Work Department of your Local Authority as needing care at home, they will provide it free of charge, although you will still...

May property report...

At last we have some blue skies and rising temperatures, fit for the prime property selling season.  The property market has been brightening too and our Independent Mortgage Advisor, Chris Norton reports a marked increase in lenders' appetite for mortgages - and...

Gross mortgage lending up 9% in March

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that total gross mortgage lending increased to £11.6billion in March. This is 9% higher than February's gross lending figure of £10.6 billion but 8% lower than £12.6 billion in March 2012. However, this was just before...