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How to save for your house deposit

One of the most intimidating things for many would-be homeowners is saving up the deposit. After all, it’s probably the biggest amount of money you’ll ever have to save and then spend all at once! Even if you have a home to sell to raise a deposit, you may want to save some yourself to […]

Location, location, location: What to look for when buying a home

Finding the home of your dreams is about more than just the four walls you live in; it’s about where you live as well. No doubt you’ve heard the importance of ‘location, location, location’ before, but are you confident you really know what you should be looking for? To help, we’ve compiled a list of […]

What information will a lender see about me?

You probably know that when organisations make decisions about whether to lend to you or not, they run a credit check, among other things (read this to find out more). However, you might be less clear about what information a lender can actually see when they look at your credit profile. To put you back […]

Your step-by-step guide to renting a home

Back in 2016, 59% of 1,000 renters told us that they didn’t think they’d ever own a home – a state of affairs not unique to the people we spoke to[1]. Indeed, across the country, homeownership is something that many either don’t want or can’t realistically achieve any time soon, if at all. What we’re […]

What is and isn’t included in your credit report

Have you ever wondered what information is actually in your credit report for lenders to see? Have you ever heard someone say your credit score takes into account factors you didn’t expect? Are you unsure about the information credit reference agencies hold on you? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you’ll […]

How do lenders make decisions?

It can sometimes feel like the way lenders make decisions is a mystery and, to a certain degree, it is. Each lender has its own criteria for lending to someone (sometimes referred to as a score card) and the factors they consider may also change depending on what you’re applying for. However, the good news […]

The financial news you need to know with Sarah Pennells – May 3 2017

Sarah Pennells is a personal finance journalist and the face behind SavvyWoman.co.uk. We think she does a great job at explaining financial subjects in a very clear and accessible manner. You can find her column below where she writes about the latest financial news, and helps you get more from your money. Bargain basement mortgages […]

How to get the most out of your summer holiday

Summer holidays are the best time to have fun and be productive, but like most Britons, you may feel that the summer is too short and too expensive. Inflation is predicted to reach 3% or higher by the end of this year[1], so during the summer you should try to spend your money and time […]

What the general election might mean for your finances

The dust has now settled on last month’s shock announcement by Theresa May that the UK would once again go to the polls on June 8th for a general election, leaving lots of us questioning what this might mean for us in reality. One area of concern for many will no doubt be what the […]

Banks tighten up on lending – is your credit score good enough?

While most of us were looking forward to the Easter weekend last month, and perhaps not paying that much attention to the financial news, the Bank of England revealed that consumer credit has tightened for the first time in six years[1]. Between January and March 2017, banks admitted that they had applied “tighter credit scoring […]