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More 'Good News-Bad News' for Savings Interest Rates

The first week of November (2015) was another 'good news-bad news' week for people with savings accounts. It seems as though every time there's a glimmer of hope suggesting savings interest rates will rise, another piece of bad news comes along to dash that hope. The continual cycle of good and bad news is just one of the reasons we encourage people to invest in buy-to-let property instead.

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Should You Not Buy Property for Fear of the EU Referendum?

As specialists in the buy-to-let property market, it is fascinating for us to track the ups and downs of the housing market in relation to those things that influence it so drastically. For example, a recent poll done by eMoov shows there are significant differences of opinion about how the future EU referendum will affect housing prices. After reading the research, we wondered, should you not buy property for fear of what the referendum results might be? The obvious answer is 'no'.

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Pension Top-up, Best Savings Rates, or Deferral?

A fascinating article published by The Week back in September (2015) laid out the case for deferring a state pension in order to maximise eventual retirement income. The anonymous writer proposed the idea in response to a number of UK workers who now find themselves in that no man's land of not being able to collect the maximum basic state pension due to having opted out of the second state pension in the past. We will discuss The Week's article and explain why investing in property is a better solution.

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Sub-Prime Lending and Repossessed Property Auctions in the UK

Is the volume of repossessed property auctions in the UK about the increase? It could be. Here at Fruitful Property, we have been closely following the retail housing market in relation to a couple of very important parameters: interest-only mortgages and sub-prime lending practices. Both parameters are slowly but surely reaching alarm-level status that could trigger another housing crash and a fresh wave of repossessions.

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The Cheapest Houses in the UK Just Waiting to Be Found

The buy-to-let property market is not on its last legs, despite the claims of so many industry critics. Yes, buy-to-let property investors have faced additional challenges as the housing market has rebounded over the last few years. And yes, further challenges lie ahead in terms of taxation and regulation. But where there are challenges, there are also effective strategies for dealing with them. One such strategy is to find the cheapest houses in the UK rather than relying on what the retail market looks like. And make no mistake, those houses are out there just waiting to be found.

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That Moment UK Savings Accounts Lose Because of Simplification

Imagine opening a savings account with your favourite high street institution knowing that, for the first year, your money will be earning a reasonably healthy return for savings. Then imagine trying to check on your account in month 14, only to find out you don't know where it has gone or how much you might be making on it. One quick call to your financial institution becomes that moment you realise UK savings accounts, including yours, are losing due to a practice known as 'simplification'.

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Converting Pensions and High-Interest Accounts into Property

A recently published article appearing in The Guardian explains how more pension savers between the ages of 50 and 64 are taking cash out of their pension pots to start small businesses. Some 800,000 did so in 2014 alone, and experts say that number should only continue to climb now that pension reform has been fully implemented. Although The Guardian did not specifically say, we expect that some of these entrepreneurs have been converting pensions and high-interest accounts into property.

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Could Negative Perceptions Mean More Repossessed Homes for Sale?

The number of repossessed homes for sale in the UK has fallen sharply since the peak days of the financial crisis. Fewer people are losing property due to changing financial circumstances making mortgages unaffordable. All the while, there has been an equally sharp increase in retail property values since 2012. Could it be that things are on the verge of collapse? Could it be that a negative perception among the buying public could lead to the bottom falling out and, as a result, more repossessions in the near future? At least one well-respected banker thinks so.

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Best/Worst List Offers Lesson in Finding Property to Buy

We want to open this blog post with a question (play along even if you're not a new investor): as an investor just getting into the buy-to-let market, what do you look for when you're trying to find a new property to buy? How you answer could determine just how successful your portfolio is. As evidenced by the most recent best and worst places to live list published by uSwitch, there are some definite towns in the UK you probably do not want to invest in.

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Report: Pension Freedom and Savings Advice Weakening System

Rarely in the history of savings have we seen conditions as dismal as they are now. Rates remain embarrassingly low, and banks and building societies are making no real efforts to attract additional deposits. Now, a new report says pension freedom and modern savings advice is further weakening a system already in serious trouble.

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