Uk House Prices Make Surprise 5.9% Rise In February

House prices rose by 5.9% in February – confounded many commentators, as it appears to contradict the widely held view that the UK’s property market remains in the grip of a slowdown.

Despite an escalation in Brexit confusion, property prices rose 3% percent last January, the latest Halifax index showed.

The Halifax said the 5.9% increase seen in February was thought to be the biggest it had ever recorded. It lifted the average property price to £236,800 – up from £223,629 at the end of January. That translates into a £470-a-day increase in value.

The big monthly rise lifted the annual rate of price growth to 2.8%, which the Halifax said was “fairly subdued” compared with 2015-16 when it was more than 8%. But with other surveys and official data mostly showing housing market, Halifax cautioned against reading too much into the strength of a single month’s figures.

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How long does it take to get a Bridging Loan?

Bridging loans can be arranged within a matter of hours with funds released within 72 hours although usually this takes a bit longer and can take a couple of weeks. While a bridging loan may be arranged much quicker than could be achieved through a traditional bank, most bridging finance companies still apply sensible and relatively conservative lending criteria. Usually, such lenders are smaller nimble operations and specialise in doing all of the usual checks that a bank will do but without the encumbrance of bank bureaucracy.

Every bridging loan that’s arranged has an exit strategy agreed with the lender – the means by which you’re going to repay it. You might be planning to sell the property after renovations are complete, arrange a long-term mortgage on it or sell another property to pay off the loan.

Interest rates are quoted per month. After the first month minimum, interest is calculated daily. For example, you take out a £100,000 bridging loan on 1st August at 0.75% monthly. If you repay it on 6th October you pay one month’s interest (£750) plus 6 days’ interest (£148) = £898 in interest. (Plus the loan set-up fees.)

Fees include the usual search fees and land registration fees, the lender’s valuation fee (which you need to pay) and both your legal fees and the lender’s (which you may be able to minimize by using the lender’s solicitor to do your own legal work as well). Then there’s the lender’s arrangement or facility fee of around 2% and your broker’s fee (which will be least of all the professional fees).

This is a very useful form of finance for the property.

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The Ultimate Guide to Bridging Loans

A bridging loan is a type of short-term finance that typically lasts for 12 months or less. It provides fast and flexible funding for all kinds of purposes and is used by individuals, investors, businesses and property developers

What are bridging loans used for? Bridging finance was traditionally used to ‘bridge’ gaps in property chains, but today it is more widely used. Homebuyers, property developers, landlords, investors, and self-build enthusiasts all use it to complete projects, including initial purchases.

How is a bridging loan different from a regular loan? For example, you can take a bridging loan out in multiple stages so that you only pay interest on the money that has been released to you, and if you prefer not to make monthly interest payments, there is also the option to retain your interest (and not just your fees) from.

A building, Refurbishment and Extension Projects. Bridging finance can also be used to fund building, refurbishment and extension projects.  For example on your property development, you can turn an existing commercial building into flats with the assistance of permitted development rights. For self-builds, you can create your ideal home or even a grand design. Lastly with extensions, with planning permission available you could create that perfect living space.

Financing Projects. Investors, businesses and entrepreneurs also take advantage of bridging loans to invest in projects overseas, purchase assets, increase business cash flow and make tax payments, such as income, capital gains, corporation, VAT and PAYE.

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How to Buy a House at Property Auctions

Tips on bagging a Property at an Auction

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While it is true that purchasing a property at an auction does come with some inherent risks, when done right, it is also a great way to secure a good bargain. If you are prepared to take on the risks involved, you will find that buying at a property auction can offer you some very incredible savings.

For those that are doing this for the first time, the prospect may be a bit intimidating to you. To help guide you on your first attempt at buying a property at an auction, below are some tips for you.

Find an auction

You need to locate auction houses that offer properties where you are interested in buying a property from. Many of the London auctions tend to offer properties that are located in London as well as in the Home Counties. For auction houses outside of London though, expect that they are likely to focus on local properties.

After finding an auction house, secure an auction catalogue by being part of their mailing list. These catalogues will be available a few weeks before an auction so this should give you enough time to find out about the pricing as well as the sale conditions.

Check the fine print

This is something that you should never skip on when joining an auction. Read through the document and make sure to send a copy to your solicitor. Be aware too that flats and houses that are sold in auctions tend to require some renovation and modernisation. Being aware of the extent of the repairs needed is helpful and a survey is often a good way to do so.

Ensure fair value

Find out more details on the local property market before you will sign up for the auction. This will help you get an idea of the actual worth of the property. This will also help you set a maximum bid. Be aware that it is a common mistake that people make during auctions to get carried away and bid more than maximum. So, always make sure to set a specified limit and stick to it.

 Bring the right stuff

Find out what kind of ID you will be asked to show. Know about the methods of payment that are being accepted as well. For a successful bidder, an exchange of contract is to be expected a deposit fee amounting to 10% of the property’s purchase price is expected to be made too, along with the auction house fee. Purchasing from an auction often requires four weeks to complete. Be aware that if you do not get it completed by the set date, the seller could sue you and you will likely lose the deposit too.

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Auctions need not be that intimidating when you know what to do. Before taking part in one, learn more about how you can get the best property deals at auctions by checking out Richard Butler Creagh website here. You can also connect with Richard Butler Creagh on Linkedin here.

 

Top Facts about London’s Property Market

gI_66742_hf logoAt Henley Finance we bring you the latest news from the world of bridging finance and specialist property lending. Leading property agent “Portico” has recently launched out a fun quiz to find out what Londoners actually know about the capital’s property market.
“How many days, on average, does it take for a London property to go under offer?” is the question from the quiz that has the most incorrect answers. 67% of the quiz takers has thought the average time it takes for a property in London to go under offer was 32 days or fewer. But based on actual fact, because of subdued market conditions, the correct answer was almost double to what the people know, it is 60 days and only 27% of the quiz takers answered correctly. Despite of the fact that the Bank of England has recently voted to keep interest rates unchanged, there were a lot of uncertainties surrounding the rate. Only 25% of the respondents were not able to correctly recall the UK’s present base rate of .25%
The respondents were also asked “How many active London rentals are currently on Airbnb?”. An enormous amount of 66% of quiz takers were not aware of the number of Londoners using the short-term let site, instead choosing for much lower figures.
The findings were indeed surprising. The quiz showed that Londoners know their house prices, it has 80% able to identify which property among the four choices was currently on the market for £300,000 or less. Londoners are also clearly clued up on buying properties. 52% were able to answer how much “Stamp Duty” would be due on a £500,000 additional property and only 77% was aware of the minimum deposit needed for a London Help to Buy equity loans.
London is one of the best cities in the world to work, whether it is in the financial institutions or a trendy design company. London office space has some of the most expensive in the world at 250 dollars per square foot. This is twice as expensive as the 5th most expensive place which is Shanghai at 136 dollars per square foot.
Specialist lenders have witnessed the total value of their lending increase to £17bn per year in 2016 – more than a three-fold increase from the low base of £5bn recorded in 2009.
Specialist lenders are now in a position of strength following the market’s turbulent past and are effectively catering for the growing number of ‘non-standard’ borrowers in the UK who fall outside mainstream lenders’ criteria.
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Ways to Avoid Being Surprised by Taxes

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Richard Butler-Creagh is the founder of Henley Finance which is a short- term bridging finance company. Here is Henley Finance advice about getting your taxes right:

Being an entrepreneur and establishing your own business provides tremendous freedom that you just can’t get working for someone else. When tax time arrives, entrepreneurs must take a totally different approach to taxes than the average worker. For example, when you work for someone else, your employer takes care of withholding taxes from your checks. But when you’re self-employed, that tax requirement falls only on your shoulders.

Know and calculate your self-employment tax obligations.

As mentioned above, you have to pay self-employment tax if you work for yourself. Part of this tax goes to Social Security and part to government medical insurances. This is in addition to individual income tax. If this is the first year that you’re in business for yourself, you’ll need to estimate how much money you expect to earn by December 31st. Otherwise, you can use online worksheet programs to help you figure out your tax obligation based on your prior year’s tax return.

 Seek advice from your accountant

Once per quarter, see to it that you sit down with your accountant, and review several items. First, check to make sure you are setting aside the right percentage of funds in your accounts.

Also take a look at the changes in your business since your last meeting with your accountant. Looks at trends, and discuss the company’s status. Finally, know of any changes in tax laws that might affect the way you are currently operating. This meeting doesn’t take a lot of time, but make sure you are doing the right things and heading in the right direction. This gives you time to make course corrections before you stray too far.

 Know Your Tax Laws

Your accountant is your best, most consistent source of information about important changes to the tax code. But you can’t get lazy and expect a third party to do everything for you. If you’re an active partner in making sure you’re up to date on the tax laws that affect you, you can be better positioned to take advantage of opportunities to reduce your liability and ensure you’re not caught short when it’s time to write the government a check.

Know Your Tax Deductions

This is another area where it pays to use an accounting service, so talk with certified tax accountants as necessary. While you certainly want to pay all the taxes you owe, there’s no sense in paying more than you’re legally obligated to. Consult with your accountant to make sure you’re positioned to take advantage of the tax breaks you’re entitled to. Just make sure you’re claiming all of your available deductions; many entrepreneurs don’t. While none of us particularly enjoys paying taxes, it’s far less painful when you have the funds to cover your obligation. Careful planning and regular checkups can help ensure you’re never surprised to see your taxes again.

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Henley Finance sponsor Beechdean Aston Martin team at Le Mans race

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Henley Finance founder Richard Butler-Creagh has announced their sponsorship of the Beechdean Aston Martin team at the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans race on the 17th-18th of June 2017. Henley Finance, a leading UK Bridging Finance company, has sponsored the team, and racer Olly Bryant in the upcoming French endurance race. Their logo will be on the racers jacket and provide the British finance company international promotion. The news has been released online this week and marks a milestone for the company.

Olly Bryant announced that he qualified for the 24 hours La Mans race in France. Here is the statement he made about this:

We qualified 9th. We have an issue with one cylinder on the race engine so the engine is being changed this morning. This meant we couldn’t run on the soft tyre at the end of the session to improve our lap time. Not a problem, as we can have a strong race from 9th and pace is good.

Pre-race meetings, driver change practice and then the drivers’ parade in LM centre this afternoon, before an evening of maximum rest before race day!

The race will be televised across the world. If you are watching keep an eye out for the Henley Finance logo on the teams jackets. Show your support for the Beechdean team at the race on their Twitter page. You can also follow the race on the Richard Butler Creagh Twitter page. Connect with Richard Butler Creagh on his Linkedin page here.