15 Aug

Helping hand for Birmingham’s 1st-time buyers

A series of events aimed at demystifying the house-buying process for first-time buyers (FTBs) is to be held in Birmingham. The Halifax will host the events at branches around the city after revealing that the average house in Birmingham now costs 58 percent more than it did in 2009. Most expensive streets revealed Today a […]

30 Apr

Spring into action and remortgage for a better deal

It’s the season for spring cleaning and taking stock of financial matters. That makes it the ideal time for homeowners thinking of remortgaging to do the research required to get a better loan deal. For first-time buyers at least a year or two into their first-ever mortgage, this is also the ideal time to do […]

18 Dec

1st-time buyers in south benefit most from stamp duty cut

First-time buyers in the south of England are the most likely to benefit from relief from paying Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) because prices there generally exceed the threshold for claiming exemption. Data from HMRC, which collects the tax on behalf of the Treasury, shows that 58,800 first-time buyers claimed relief on SDLT in the […]