Guy Anker

Brokers can lead the way through a tough market

A rise in complexity means many borrowers need an adviser more than ever, writes Guy Anker Despite the purported shrinking size of the buy-to-let market, the surge in complexity for landlords is a big opportunity for brokers. The market has had to deal with significant tax hikes and a toughening of criteria in recent years, […]

Cover Feature: Taxing times for foreign buyers

Plans for a rise in stamp duty for overseas housebuyers could have a costly effect on UK residents. Guy Anker investigates the pros and cons of foreign ownership The government plans to raise the amount of stamp duty paid by overseas property buyers, but many think it will not deliver one of its key aims […]

Cover feature: Building on new build

Thanks in part to the government’s Help to Buy scheme, new builds are rising in popularity. Guy Anker investigates the ups and downs of owning a new house The popularity of new build properties is rising and many credit the Help to Buy equity loan scheme with boosting demand. Meanwhile, it appears many buyers have […]

People with complex needs held back by limited options

While progress has been made, the self-employed and certain other borrowers still struggle to find the right mortgage, writes Guy Anker The mortgage market now provides more options for borrowers with complex needs, but some brokers insist it has not gone far enough. Complaints still sound that clients who are self-employed, have irregular income, have […]

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Feature: Is London cooling?

London has historically been more expensive than the rest of the UK but a lack of new homes, poor affordability and Brexit could hit the market harder than the rest of the UK Fans of The Clash will be familiar with their hit song of 1979, ‘London calling’, which has been used to enhance many […]