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Bank of England Rates Predicted to Rise Two Times in 2018

The Bank of England’s base rate is the official interest rate that banks and building societies use to determine interest rates they offer for mortgages and saving accounts. The current BoE base rate of 0.50% was increased from 0.25% in November 2017, marking the first time it had risen in a decade. While some are […]

FRIDAY FAQ: How does remortgaging work?

Every Friday we aim to post an answer to a FAQ about mortgages, tax, investments, money matters, business or retirement. You can have your say too. Send an email with your FAQ to

You could be paying £5k a year too much on your mortgage

At the end of the initial period on your mortgage, did you search the market for a better deal and remortgage your home loan? Or, like millions of other homeowners, did you let your mortgage switch over to the standard variable rate without a second thought? If your situation sounds more like the latter than […]

FRIDAY FAQ: What is the base rate?

Every Friday we aim to post an answer to a FAQ about mortgages, tax, investments, money matters, business or retirement. You can have your say too. Send an email with your FAQ to

2 year fixed mortgages outperforming 5 year deals

At the end of last year, the Bank of England (BoE) increased the base rate by 0.25%, turning the housing market upside down. Two year fixed rate mortgages gained market share after the hike (a change from the gradual decrease they had been experiencing throughout 2017) while five year fixed mortgages fell for the first […]

What does 2018 have in store for us financially? 

During his Autumn Budget Statement, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond delivered some worrying news. The Office for Budget Responsibility reduced the economic growth forecast for 2017 from 2% to 1.5%. Moving into 2018, it doesn’t look much better. Should we be worried and how can we prepare?

Bank of England rate increase – what does it mean for you?

The widely anticipated rate rise became a reality on 2nd November, with the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee confirming that it has increased the interest rate by 0.25% to 0.5%. This is the first rate rise for a decade and will be the first time that many borrowers will see an increase in their rates. […]

Alternatives to savings accounts

In August 2016, the Bank of England cut the already low interest rate (0.5%) to a record low of 0.25%. The interest rate has been held at this level ever since. Whilst this is good news for people with mortgages, it has not been good news for savers. For dentists and doctors who have substantial amounts of money […]

FEATURE FRIDAY: More homeowners are opting for 10 year fixed mortgages

This month, Independent Mortgage Adviser, Chris, looks at why more homeowners are considering a long-term fix on their mortgage rate, particularly in areas such as London and with the uncertainty of the economy at present. Read more, including this month’s BEST RATES, here.

4 common mortgage mistakes to avoid 

If you are thinking of stepping on the property ladder for the first time or are planning on taking the next step up, it is important that you do your research when it comes to applying for a mortgage. The UK average house price currently stands at £317,821 and in London it is a staggering £594,202, […]

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