Custom build finance blog

How do I get a custom build mortgage?

If you’re looking to build your own custom home, you will find that your financing options are different from buying a finished property. Traditional high-street lenders will only lend on properties that are completed and habitable, so you will have to look elsewhere for funding if you don’t have cash assets to fund your build.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the various custom build options, and how they impact funding.

How to build a house yourself

How to build your dream home – step by step

According to an Ipsos Mori survey, 53% of people dream about building their own home. Sadly, less than 0.1% of people actually manage to do so. But don’t be disheartened. If you are one of the 53%, then the Government is making it easier, and a raft of new options are now becoming available to you.

How to buy a cheap house

House prices have been steadily rising for the last few years, and even with the recent slowdown because of factors like Brexit, buying a house is still out of reach for many in the UK, especially in the capital. Buying a cheap house and London are rarely found in the same sentence!

There are a few ways of buying a cheap(er) house though, even in the Big Smoke.

How to find the right architect

Top 5 tips on how to find the right architect for you

Your renovation may be a simple knock through or a bog-standard extension at the back. Whatever the project you are about to embark on, you will need to consider whether or not you need an architect and if you do, how you find the best one for the job.

How to sell your home blog

Top 5 Tips on How to sell your home fast (and some bonus ones!)

Just a quick google and there is no shortage of articles from various sources, including Phil Spencer himself, giving you top tips for selling your house. There are those who advocate baking bread and making coffee, or even parking a new expensive car outside your home, to help boost the sale. But which tips are legit?

Top 10 safe areas 400k

Top 10 Safest Neighbourhoods in London for Under £400K

Earlier this week, we looked at neighbourhoods in London that had the lowest crime rates for homes under £600,000, which could qualify for Help to Buy.

Today, we’re looking at a lower budget range of under $400,000, since just because you might have a lower budget, doesn’t mean you should have to compromise on vital considerations like safety.

Crime rate was compiled from the Metropolitan Police website, and average house prices are accurate as of Nov 2018 from Zoopla UK.

Top 10 safe areas 600k

Top 10 safe neighbourhoods in London for under £600K

It’s no secret that house prices in London are high. A budget that might net you a 5 bed detached house in Bradford will get you a 1 bedroom flat in Central London.

But just because you may have a lower budget for London standards, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on important considerations like safety.

In this blog, we take a look at the safest neighbourhoods in London, based on crime rate, for budgets of less than £600,000, within the range where you would qualify for Help to Buy.

What is a mews blog

What is a mews?

Nowadays, the terms mews or mews house might conjure up images of trendy and chic houses, hidden gems located along picturesque cobblestone lanes and alleys, in some of London’s most exclusive areas. But what is a mews, and where did they originate?