Over the last few weeks there's been a lot of focus on housing and older people, with the government's White Paper on housing looking at ways to encourage older people to downsize. But not everyone wants to sell up. Last year people released over £2 billion of equity from their homes. So, how can you make money from your property? What are the options and what do you have to bear in mind? Sarah Pennells was joined in the studio by Jane King who's from Ashridge financial planning and by Ceri Wheeldon who's the founder of the website Fab After Fifty.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by digital editor of Pensions Insight and Engaged Investor Sara Benwell. Today they discuss the latest league tables of UK energy suppliers as well as the growing popularity of contactless payment. Plus could viewers be fined for using BBC iPlayer without a licence? All these stories and more on The News Review.
What's the best way to add value to your home? Adding an extension? Installing central heating? Or simply fixing any structural problems? Sarah is joined by experts Russell Quirk, from the online estate agency eMoov, Kate Faulkner, property expert who runs the Property Checklist, and Michael Holmes, from Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine, to find out, and to share tips on adding value to your property without spending a fortune.
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 this week with Young Money Champion Nicole Blackmore from The Telegraph, and also Ray Boulger from Mortgage Brokers John Charcol, Dev Malle from My Home Move and Martyn Baum from the National Association of Estate Agents to discuss mortgages for first time buyers and schemes to help young people get on the property ladder.
Nicole Blackmore, Ray Boulger, Dev Malle, Martyn Baum
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Laura Whitcombe, deputy editor of Moneywise and on the phone by Simon Besswell, director at The DIY School, and Martyn Foulds from Halifax Home Insurance to discuss DIY jobs you can do around the house to save you money, what you should avoid doing yourself and courses you can take to become more DIY savvy, only on Women And Money.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Robert Houghton, chief executive of ReallyMoving.com and over the phone by Helen Saxon from MoneySavingExpert, and Eileen Rutschmann from Iammoving.com to talk about the costs involved when moving home and tips and tricks to cut down on spending.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Belinda Aspinall, founder of Life After London, David Hollingworth from London and Country Mortgages and Mark Hayward from the National Association of Estate Agents to talk about the financial and social aspects of moving to the country.
Belinda Aspinall, David Hollingworth, Mark Hayward
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Dave Smith from the National Housing Federation and on the phone by Kelly McCabe from TMP Sherwins to answer your questions about government schemes to help first time buyers, from Right to Buy to Shared Ownership.