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Adam Cox

Modern Mindset: The state of the housing rental market

Adam Cox
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Modern Mindset

Modern Mindset: The state of the housing rental market
Adam Cox is joined by Mike Cook from Market Financial Solutions (MFS). Mike tells Adam all about the current state of the UK rental market, new investment in housing and all the challenges surrounding it. www.mfsuk.com
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Mike Cook


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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Mortgage rates are rising again - should we be worried?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Mortgage rates are rising again - should we be worried?
With not one but two mortgage spikes fresh in our minds, a flurry of rate rises have got home owners and potential buyers worried again. A bunch of major mortgage lenders raised their rates this week - and Santander did it twice. So, are we about to see another mortgage spike or is this just what brokers and lenders like to optimistically call a mere 're-pricing'? And what does this all mean if you need to remortgage soon or want to buy a home? Georgie Frost, Helen Crane and Simon lambert take a look at what's happening in the mortgage market, why rates are rising and whether the Federal Reserve flapping its wings on the other side of the world pushes up our homeowning costs. Plus, Simon explains why you may not want to put all of your savings into your pension as it might dent early retirement chances. The team look at how at the other end of the scale someone with a bigger pension than they need could pass it to their grandchildren. Helen details a worrying 'Crane on the Case' theft and how to protect yourself - and finally we discuss whether a passkey is the answer to our fraud fears.
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Helen Crane


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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Is a 99% mortgage really that bad?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Is a 99% mortgage really that bad?
The row over small deposit mortgage is the gift that keeps on giving. Hot on the heels of the Budget plan that never appeared arrives Yorkshire Building Society's new deal, that's been dubbed a 99% mortgage. But is it really one of those and does it have any redeeming features? And if it's cheaper than your rent, is there anything wrong with taking a 99% mortgage? Georgie Frost and Simon Lambert talk tiny deposit mortgages, negative equity and buying vs renting. Plus, gift card draining scammers, can your pension last retirement, and finally, where are the experts investing their Isa and how can you easily sort yours?

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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: The UK is in recession but does that matter (and could things be about to get better)?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: The UK is in recession but does that matter (and could things be about to get better)?
It's finally happened. After months of will-we, won't-we speculation, the UK economy has finally succumbed to recession. The ONS revealed this week that a drop in GDP in the final three months of 2023 meant that Britain had racked up two consecutive of negative growth - and thus the dreaded R word is here. But is this a bad one, why does the term 'technical recession' keep being bandied about and do these backward-looking figures mask things already getting better? Georgie Frost, Helen Crane and Simon Lambert look at what recession means for the UK and you. Plus, who are the villains among big banks and building societies when it comes to sky-high standard variable rates for mortgage borrowers, and is it them or the customers themselves to blame if somone ends up paying almost 10% interest? Also — the customer turned down for a switching bonus by HSBC because they had a Midland account 21 years ago. And finally, electric car sales aren't growing as fast as the government or car makers want. Does that mean it's time to drive a bargain?
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Helen Crane


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Adam Cox

Modern Mindset: Julie Spinks & Jerry Whiteley on Effective Plumbing

Adam Cox
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Modern Mindset

Modern Mindset: Julie Spinks & Jerry Whiteley on Effective Plumbing
Adam Cox is joined by Julie Spinks and Jerry Whiteley from WaterSafe to explore recent research findings indicating that more than half of Brits are not engaging approved plumbers, posing risks to the proper execution of plumbing tasks and the safety of their drinking water. The discussion focuses on guiding individuals in ensuring the selection of reliable plumbers and empowering the public to maintain their plumbing effectively. Julie and Jerry offer advice on preventing expensive callouts and share insights into addressing smaller plumbing tasks at home. https://www.watersafe.org.uk/
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Julie Spinks, Jerry Whiteley


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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: You can bag a £10k heat pump discount — would that tempt you to get one?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: You can bag a £10k heat pump discount — would that tempt you to get one?
The Government wants us to get heat pumps fitted in our homes and it's offering up to £7,500 for us to do so. Now Worcester Bosch is bumping that up by an extra £2,500 - if you pick one of theirs of course. But with the devices cost between £8,000 to £30,000 to buy and fit, would it tempt you? Georgie Frost, Helen Crane and Lee Boyce reveal all... and talk the 'boiler tax'. Is inflation back on the rise? How worried should we be by the latest figures? And where next for interest rates? And millions face a big price hike for their mobile and broadband from March. Isn't it time these inflation-busting mid-contract increases were banned? Also, following campaigning by This is Money for years for fair treatment for parents who do not qualify for child benefit, parents denied state pension credits WILL get them. Tanya Jefferies explains all you need to know. Tanya also talks about a bungled handover to a new administrator that has left BAE Systems retirees suffering drastic cuts of up to 50% in their pensions. And Crane is on the Case, this time over a robot vacuum cleaner...
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Helen Crane


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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Is the taxman really going after Ebay sellers?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Is the taxman really going after Ebay sellers?
Have you ever sold anything on Ebay, Vinted or Facebook Marketplace to make a bit of extra cash? Those who do may have been worried this week, as news that the websites will now be required to report sellers' activities to the taxman caused panic online. So what are the rules - and is HMRC really going after people who sell the odd frock or mobile phone? Lee Boyce, Helen Crane and Georgie Frost explain what's really happening, how to tell if you are a 'trader' - and why most people having a clear-out of their old clothes won't need to worry. Mortgage lenders have started 2024 with a bang, with the likes of HSBC, NatWest and TSB announcing rate cuts left, right and centre. There is now a five-year fix with a rate of 3.94% - so what does that tell us about how low the base right might go this year, and will these cheaper home loans start to drive up house prices again? As we get back to reality after the festive break, we are also approaching Divorce Day. The first working Monday of the year is supposedly when unhappy couples are most likely to call it quits. If that is you, we are on hand to explain what you need to know about splitting your property, pension and more with an ex. Finally, Lee, Helen and Georgie discuss what they learned about their finances in 2023 - and the mistakes they won't be making again this year.
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Helen Crane


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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: How fast will interest rates fall - and where's the new normal?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: How fast will interest rates fall - and where's the new normal?
The Bank of England has reached the peak with interest rates in this cycle. That's the firm view of the markets and most analysts, despite three members of the nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee disagreeing and voting for a rate hike this week. The question has now shifted from how high will rates go, to when will they be cut? The boldest predictions are for more than 1% to be shaved off the base rate next year. Does that fit with the Bank's 'hawkish hold' of the base rate this week? Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Simon Lambert look at what next for interest rates both here and in the US - and whether markets are running away with themselves. Plus, two years after they finally started to properly rise, what does heading back to a point where rates may fall mean for borrowers, savers and investors? Also on this week's show, is it better to use the central heating or an electric heater, the 'better' plan for a state pension triple-lock replacement, and the reasons Lee wants you to get in touch. And make sure you listen to find out why the team want to know how long your kettle takes to boil...

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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Will mortgage rates keep falling, and is the crisis over?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Will mortgage rates keep falling, and is the crisis over?
Georgie Frost, Simon Lambert and Helen Crane ask: do we have a mortgage price war on our hands — the cheapest market rate is now just 4.29%? Meanwhile the gold price is at a record high, and the oil price has fallen to its lowest for the past five months.
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Helen Crane


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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: The pandemic start-up that can turn your floorplan into a grand design: Bonus interview with Peek Home's founders

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: The pandemic start-up that can turn your floorplan into a grand design: Bonus interview with Peek Home's founders
We love the idea of transforming our homes so much that an entire cottage TV industry has sprung out of it, ranging from Grand Designs, to Ugly House to Lovely House and Your Home Made Perfect. For Jaemi and Roly Glancy sketching out how they could renovate their properties turned into a start-up helping others envisage what they could do with theirs. Simon Lambert of This is Money speaks to Roly about how they started the business and where it's going.
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Roly Glancy


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