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.
It's time once again for This Is Money, in partnership with NS&I. And we can't avoid it; with six days to go until the referendum, this is a Brexit special. Editor Simon Lambert and Consumer Affairs editor Lee Boyce join special guest host Sarah Pennells for a final run-down of the outlook for the UK economy if we vote to leave. What's the prognosis? Well, you'll just have to listen. (And be sure to check out Simon's column on This is Money this week, with his picks for the top Brexit reporting on both sides).
We're also going to dip back in to the rolling BHS scandal of course, and hope for UK would-be homeowners who lost their savings in the Spanish property market.
This Is Money is presented in partnership with NS&I. Georgie Frost will be back next week.
Steve Darragh, Director of affordable housing developer Uprise, launched their report on affordable housing in London. Uprise is an affordable housing developer using a commercial model to build additionality into London's housing stock. The report is compiled with the input and consensus of over one million Londoners. So what's wrong with the structure? What can be done? And how will it be spread to other cities?
Figures show that an increasing number of people in their 50s and 60s are getting their elderly parents to move in with them, moving into their home, or are pooling their money to buy a property that they can all live in together. It can be a good option for some families, but there are some disadvantages. So, what do you need to think about if you're considering asking your parent to live with you and what are the pros and cons? Sarah Pennells is joined by Christine Webber, an author, broadcaster and psychotherapist, Adrian Kidd from Plan Your Money.co.uk and Deborah Stone who's the founder of the website Myageingparent.com.
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
New research from the HomeOwners Alliance has found the housing crisis is deepening - with regards availability and quality of homes, and as a result first time buyers are becoming more desperate. The 2016 Homeowner Survey conducted by YouGov for HomeOwners Alliance and BLP Insurance indicates almost three quarters (73%) of non-homeowners now say they would like to own their home compared to 69% last year, 68% in 2014 and 65% in 2013. And house prices, the ability to get on the property ladder and saving for a deposit continue to top the nation's list of housing concerns. Georgie speaks to Paula Higgins, Chief Executive of the HomeOwners Alliance
The UK's housing market isn't functioning like it should, with too few affordable properties for sale or rent. As well as that, the market is vulnerable to shocks and political pressure, like the London mayoral election results and Brexit. Ryan Prince is VP at Realstar, a private renting company, and he gives his take on the state of the market.
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.