Preparing your holiday house for the season - Top tips from The Hideaways Club Concierge, Nicole Remus

Spring is traditionally the time when many holiday homes are opened up and prepared for the coming summer season. Those considering buying a holiday bolthole abroad, should bear in mind there is actually more to it than meets the eye to ensure a home is ‘holiday ready’
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Landlords urged to find the right tenant despite buoyant market conditions

Tenant eviction and rent recovery service Landlord Assist is encouraging landlords to prioritise their efforts in 2014 on finding good, reliable tenants rather than go searching for high rents despite the unusual prospect of a buoyant sales and rental market taking place at the same time.
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The growth of generation rent

Anyone who likes to keep up to date with developments in the private rental sector (PRS) will no doubt be familiar with the phrase generation rent. This term has become commonplace in the industry in recent times and essentially refers to the growing number of young people who are living in rented accommodation rather than buying their own home.
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How to get from dream to dream home

For Generation Rent, the dream of home ownership may seem like a distant hope, especially when in the UK at the moment the average house costs over five times the average wage (up from three times in 1997, source). Government stats show that last year the shovels came out on over 100,000 new building projects, but for all those that did, there were plenty others that didn’t start at all.
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Tips for first time buyers

Buying your first house should be a period of joy and eager anticipation.  The current changing fortunes of the global economy have made this more difficult to achieve for first time buyers, higher deposits are expected as well as perfect credit score ratings; so getting a new mortgage for a first time buyer can prove to be extremely difficult. Budget In order to see if home ownership is a real possibility it’s a good idea to sit down and draw up a budget.  Increasingly, young people are looking to the ‘bank of mum and dad’ in order to overcome the shortfall in their finances to raise the funds for a deposit and many banks and other lenders are aware of this fact. A bad credit loan is available but it is vital that the interest repayments are checked, if the loans are not repaid - this also applies to a...
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Mortgage lending takes a massive jump up by 24%

The CMLs recent market commentary has reported that Gross mortage lending is up by a substantial 24% in April, up from £9.9 billion to £12.2 billion. Over the year from May 2011 this represents a 13% rise from £10.8 billion.
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