Land Registry House Price Index: Prices leap in March

Land Registry House Price IndexThe latest figures from the Land Registry show house prices rose sharply in April. According to data released today by the Land Registry, house prices in England and Wales rose by 1.5% in April and are now 6.7% higher than the same time last year. The Land Registry figures differ from those produced by the Halifax and Nationwide. According to the Halifax, house prices actually fell in April by 0.2%, whilst the Nationwide put the rise at 1.2%; 0.3% lower than the Land Registry. Unsurprisingly, property in London has ...

Guest blog: Give your SIPP a boost with offset lending

AstuteIn his first guest blog for Investment Sense, founder of Astute Trustee Services, Andy McLaughlin, looks at a different type of SIPP lending: If you are like most people in this country you started thinking about your pension way too late in life, which is hardly surprising with all those commitments – mortgage, kids, university fees, weddings and not to forget the ageing parents who are increasingly becoming dependant on you to meet their living costs. The problem And now, just when you have good income or corporate profits and are reaching the ...

Guest blog: Auto Enrolment is now a no-brainer by Ros Altmann

Guest blog: Auto Enrolment is now a no-brainer by Ros AltmannIn her first guest blog for Investment Sense, pension campaigner Ros Altmann, looks at why Automatic Enrolment should be a ‘no brainer’ for employees and why employers should plan for most of their workers to stay in the scheme. The Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) has today published new research highlighting that Auto Enrolment is now far more attractive than previously expected. New Budget flexibilities dramatically increase appeal of pensions Auto Enrolment Opt out rates should fall significantly ‘Buy-one-get-one-free’ deal too good to miss for ...

Which seaside town has the highest house prices?

Which seaside town has the highest house prices?Which British seaside holiday resort has the highest house prices? The usual answer people give is Sandbanks near Poole, regularly dubbed ‘millionaires row’. But new research shows Sandbanks has dropped to second place, with Salcombe in Devon now the most expensive seaside town. According to the Halifax house prices in seaside towns have risen by an average of 42% since 2004; equivalent to £500 per month. The average seaside home in Great Britain is now worth £196,826, well above the national average. The research shows that ...