Property Taxes: What To Know

Property taxes are a big part of how much you pay for the home where you live. Property taxes are also one of the most misunderstood parts of the homeownership equation. If you're buying or selling a home this year, be sure to research your local property taxes—and the steps you can take to avoid the taxman.  Who determines the amount of taxes your home will pay? How much do your local taxes...

Should I Update My House Before I Sell It?

The housing market has been hot for years, but the buying and selling process has been slow in comparison. For buyers, the process is often filled with uncertainty. There is a lack of transparency on the buyer side, which leads to frustration and even stress. On the seller side, buyers don't pay attention to what's available in the market, which delays transactions. This is one of the reasons...

What is the First Homes Scheme?

The first homes scheme was designed to help homebuyers get on the housing ladder faster by allowing them to make a down payment to pay for a house deposit. They had to rent the property they bought back to the association in exchange. This scheme was successful enough to make the association apply to the Department for Communities and Local Government to make it permanent. First Homes is a new...