What's the best way to save on insurance, energy bills and savings if you're sharing a house? Sarah Pennells is joined by Matt Saunders, from GoCompare, discusses how some people who live in a rented property don't know they have the right to switch to a cheaper tariff; Ashish Mehra, founder of Wesplit.it, explains how the company can help young people save money; while behavioural psychologist, Judi James, analyses why the financial aspect of sharing a house can be so difficult if you're a student or starting out in your career.
t's estimated that almost half of first time buyers get some sort of help when they're buying their first property. And according to Legal and General, the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' will finance one in four of all property purchases this year. But what are the different ways family members can help someone buy their first property? Sarah Pennells is joined by our Young Money Champion, Rachel Healy, and guests Lina Bourdon from City and Country Financial Services, Andrew Montlake, founder of Coreco Mortgages, and David Hollingworth from London and Country Mortgages, to help share tips for first time buyers.
Rachael Healy, Lina Bourdon, David Hollingworth, Andrew Montlake
As a nation, we have something of a love affair with property, but investing in property doesn’t necessarily have to involve buying a house or flat. In fact, it doesn’t have to mean you put your money into houses at all – you could invest in office blocks or shopping centres through investment funds. Sarah Pennells and her guests, Mark Weedon, Head of Institutional Development at Property Partner, and Guy Glover, Manager of the F&C Property Fund, discuss what to think about when it comes to investing in property and how to do this using funds and crowdfunding.
Sarah Pennells analyses the the dos and dont's when it comes to investing for the first time. This week's Young Money Champion, James Connington, starts off by discussing how he started investing and whether he encountered any surprises or disadvantages. Michelle McGrade, from TD Direct Investing, focuses on the ethics behind it; Tom Stevenson, from Fidelity Worldwide Investing, emphasises the importance of investing, while Simon Webster, from Facts and Figures, explains what the term ‘investing in ISAs’ means.
James Connington, Michelle McGrade, Tom Stevenson, Simon Webster
What do you do when you buy big ticket item, like a computer or a car, and it immediately breaks down? Sarah Pennells is joined by James Walker, founder of Resolver, Matt Stone, founder of TestDrives2U and Peter Stonely, from Trading Standards on this week's programme. Together they look at the changes in the Consumer Protection Law, what warranties are available for faulty cars and how to avoid any pitfalls when researching the products.
It's time for This is Money! Once again, the guys from the award-winning finance website join Georgie in the studio to run down the hottest money stories of the week. On this show, editor Simon Lambert and consumer affairs Lee Boyce are in to discuss the return of the no-deposit mortgages, the 5 biggest threats to your pensions, and finally, Leicester City for the win! Lee gloats on the clubs surprise victory, while a slightly more prosaic Simon breaks down the ridiculous odds placed on the teams chances - half as likely as seeing Elvis!
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Linda Lewis speaks to YOPA property founder Dan Attia and his small team. The team aim to help buyers sell and buy their homes. For a fixed fee of £780 they'll organise a valuation, market someone's property, do photos and floorplan and get it listed on online portals. Through their forward-thinking ethos they aim to save thousands of pounds for their customers.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Lina Bourdon of City and Country Mortgages, and over the phone with David Hollingworth of London and Country Mortgages, to discuss interest only mortgages, looking at why people still have that type, and what alternatives may be a better option.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Jane King, an IFA at Ash-Ridge Private Finance, Adam Lake of Turn2Us, Tom Connor of Drewberry Insurance and over the phone by Alistair McQueen of Aviva, to discuss how to best protect your finances if you're self-employed and don't have the security of working for a large company or organisation. What are the benefits and drawbacks of being self-employed? Do the positives outweigh the negatives?
Jane King, Adam Lake, Tom Connor, Alistair McQueen
Is 2016 the year to get investing? Is now the time to get on the property ladder? The team from MoneyWise got some tips! Plus Tom gives us his favourite products that he's been looking at; We chat about the already infamous Apple ransom Hack and what funny money story has caught the eye of the team this week.