London Centric Property Journalists and the Regurgitating of Press Releases

David Lawrenson of LettingFocus takes issue with journalists over the way they report on the housing market and on mortgage rates. I get very irritated with what is often very London-centric journalism in the national papers and the regurgitating of press releases. London Centric Property Journalism If you read the national press and many London based property websites, you could be forgiven […]

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Getting the Best Buy to Let Mortgage Deal for You

In this blog post, private rented sector expert, David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com looks at how to get the most suitable mortgage deal. I’m often somewhat surprised by the fuss folks make about getting a mortgage and some of the wrong decisions they make too. To us it seems pretty simple. The first question to ask is for how long you […]

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The Standard Variable Rate and the Mortgage Prisoners

Private residential landlords are typically long term investors and supposedly quite canny too. So one would expect them to typically opt for mortgages which at the end of any initial “teaser” fixed or discounted term would “go to” or “revert to” a rate which was going to be very competitive over the long term. And yet I often hear of […]

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Buy to Let Mortgages, the SVR and Follow On Mortgage Rates

Landlords (or indeed anyone buying a property) face ever rising costs to buy and sell property. On the buying side, stamp duty and the now ubiquitous “mortgage arrangement fee” are both much higher than in days gone by and local councils also charge more for searches. On the selling side, estate agency fees continue to rise. On both buying and […]

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