Could an Apprentice really be the answer?

By Jane Lumley-Walker, Office Manager at Anstee & Co. Back in January 2018 one of our administrators handed in his notice looking for a career change. We had a gap to fill and how best to do it?? We could recruit an experienced administrator but would have significant recruitment costs and training to carry out [...]

2019-09-19T15:47:51+01:00 September 19th, 2019|News|

Trouble Downsizing? How we can help you.

By John Cossons, Equity Release Adviser. I have recently helped several clients who have interest-only mortgages. They planned to repay their existing mortgage by downsizing. This means selling their existing property and buying something less expensive, to clear the mortgage. However, in the current property market, they have had problems selling the property in time [...]

2019-08-19T13:50:18+01:00 August 27th, 2019|News|

Mortgage criteria: How much can I borrow?

The first question our mortgage advisers are usually asked is "How much can I borrow”? In the past, mortgage lenders based the amount you could borrow mainly on a multiple of your income. This was often referred to as the loan-to-income ratio. Mortgage criteria have now changed. This worked by looking at your salary and [...]

2019-07-01T16:43:39+01:00 July 15th, 2019|News|

Property wealth is used to clear unsecured debts.

First of all, for many people entering retirement with a reduced income, budgeting to pay for existing mortgage and credit card debts can be hugely stressful. Often people will continue working longer than they planned or consider drastic and unnecessary changes to their lifestyle by selling up and moving to a cheaper property. Figures show [...]

2019-07-24T16:51:21+01:00 July 4th, 2019|News|

Time is running out to get a “Help to Buy ISA”

If you are a first-time buyer you only have until 30th November 2019 to take out a Help to Buy ISA. So what is a Help to Buy ISA? A Help to Buy ISA is a type of Individual Savings Account (ISA) designed to help you if you are a first-time buyer save for a house [...]

2019-07-24T16:52:58+01:00 July 1st, 2019|News|

How much will it cost to buy your first house?

This guide will give you an indication of the major costs associated with buying your first house or flat in England. The processes and fees for Wales and Scotland are different. We will look at the cost of moving home, your deposit and solicitor fees. This guide will help you budget for these costs to [...]

2019-06-04T12:58:21+01:00 June 24th, 2019|News|

Equity release. Unlock the money in your home.

It is true that most people’s financial wealth in the UK is tied up in their property. Many retired people consider themselves to be “cash poor but property rich”. To help you release this money, equity release can be used in later life to supplement pension income or used to finance major items of expenditure. [...]

2019-08-28T17:05:16+01:00 June 6th, 2019|News|

More financial pressure for the “Sandwich Generation”.

 So who are the “Sandwich Generation”? The "Sandwich Generation" are the group of people who are feeling the financial strain of supporting their children, grandchildren and ageing parents. With young adults struggling to achieve financial independence and a population that is living longer the burdens and responsibilities of the over 55s are increasing. Recent research [...]

2019-05-15T09:28:57+01:00 May 23rd, 2019|News|

Exam success for apprentice Megan Leach.

"Congratulations" to Megan Congratulations to Megan Leach, our Apprentice Mortgage and Protection Administrator for passing her exam. Megan successful completed, “Principles of Administration” (Exam 319) part of her NVQ Level 3 business administration qualification. Additionally, she is supported in her training by the Kettering Office of "Starting Off". The multiple choice exam covered the following [...]

2019-05-23T11:15:19+01:00 May 20th, 2019|News|