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Joe Elvin

9 December 2013

What are 2012 graduates up to now? »

One of the main arguments amidst the outrage that followed university tuition fee rises was that “you’re not even guaranteed a job at the end of it”.

It could be argued that this was always the case. A poorly-written CV, weak


4 December 2013

New Year, new job? Tips on making next year’s job search a success »

Looking for a new job in the New Year? You’re likely to be far from alone.

In fact, it’s believed that jobseekers are likely to have more competition for places in the first few months of the year than during any


28 November 2013

Private landlords claim »

Tax relief schemes aimed at private landlords are helping them to collectively save more than £5 billion a year, according to a new study.

Researchers working for the Intergenerational Foundation (IF), which gathered these figures, have argued that the loopholes are


5 November 2013

Help To Buy confuses one in three first time buyers »

A high proportion of first-time buyers remain uneducated about important parts of the homebuying process, a new poll has indicated.

The survey, conducted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), suggested that 31 per cent of them were unaware that


4 November 2013

All British property taxes “need to be reformed” »

The British property tax system needs to be completely overhauled, according to the head of one of Britain’s biggest housebuilders.

Rob Perrins, managing director of The Berkeley Group, has called for council tax, stamp duty, capital gains tax and the possibility


1 November 2013

Government considers introducing CGT for foreign property investors »

Foreigners may soon have to pay capital gains tax when selling their British property.

Chancellor George Osborne is reportedly considering the tax as an alternative to a mansion tax in order to help prevent a property bubble from forming in the


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13 September 2013

Property industry jobs soar »

The number of jobs in the property sector has soared in the last year, new statistics have suggested.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that more than 77,000 vacancies have been filled in the past 12 months – including


4 September 2013

How is Help to Buy changing in 2014? »

Help to Buy is the government’s landmark scheme to help more Brits onto the housing ladder.

It started in April 2013, when the government began offering 20 per cent equity loans on new-build homes worth up to £600,000. The loans are


2 September 2013

It’s cheaper to rent than buy in London, Scotland and the South East »

London, the South East and Scotland have all become locations where it’s cheaper to rent a house than buy one.

According to research from Santander, the average monthly cost of renting is much lower than average monthly mortgage repayments in all


9 August 2013

One in ten mortgages issued to landlords »

Around one in ten mortgages are now issued to landlords planning to let out their property, according to new figures.

Research conducted by the Council for Mortgage Lenders (CML) reveals that more than £5 billion worth of mortgages were issued to