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Higgs Boson Effect on Buy to Let Market Explained

This week saw Peter Higgs and Francois Englert share the Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on the theory of the Higgs Boson particle. In the 1960s they were among several physicists who proposed a mechanism to explain why the most...
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RBS Announce Mortgage Rates from 4.99%

    Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest have revealed new mortgage rates to be rolled out in conjunction with the UK government's Help-to-Buy scheme. RBS have announced two products, a two-year fixed rate product at 4.99% and a five-year fixed rate...
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Local Snippets

  Property Investors Drawn to Edinburgh Edinburgh's property market is proving more attractive to investors as Scottish house prices continue to rise. On average, rents rose by four per cent last year with some popular areas achieving double-digit increases. There has been...
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Working from Home? Don't Miss out on Tax Relief

When working from home, small business owners will need to consider many things in their financial management plans. Blair Cadell specialise in advice on tax returns, payroll, bookkeeping and tax planning for personal tax payers, sole traders, partnerships, and limited companies. According...
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Scotland Gets Help to Buy

This week the Scottish government's Help to Buy Scheme was launched across the country. £220m will be allocated over three years to help eligible home-buyers with an equity loan of up to 20% of the purchase price of a new-build home.  ...
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Small Businesses on a High

Small businesses in Scotland are growing in confidence. A recent survey by the Federation of Small Businesses suggests that confidence is at a three year high. Three in ten firms surveyed also said that they intended to increase capital investment. Andy Willox,...
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Edinburgh Trams to Start in May 2014

A stop near you could boost the value of your property After a long and, at times, painful journey it has finally been announced that trams will be running in Edinburgh by May 2014. The exact date of the first service will...
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Floating Houses for £95,000

Edinburgh will soon see floating homes along the Water of Leith, according to ambitious plans by a renewable energy company. SRT Ecobuild intends to make a number of one and two bedroom floating properties available in the Commerical Quay area of Edinburgh....

Second Steppers: Improvements but Still Low on Equity

Although we often talk about the difficulties for first-time buyers in a challenging housing market, many families are finding the second rung of the housing ladder equally unsteady. In 2007 the typical second stepper was able to fund close to 48% of...
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Devolving Tax: Revenue Scotland

Parliament has returned this week after the summer recess and the big countdown towards the independence referendum is now upon us. With just over a year to go there are many questions still to be answered. But this week Mr Salmond has...