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Home alone

It is estimated that by 2021, over 35% of all households will be people living alone. Single-person households now account for 29% of all homes, up from 18% in 1971, and this trend is expected to continue.But contrary to the stereotype of lonely old spinsters and playboy bachelors, 96% of those polled in a survey for Unilever say it’s good to live on your own before settling down. Indeed, 51% of people aged between 25 and 34 believe solo living is a temporary stage, and 77% say moving in with a partner is the most likely reason to change.

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TBMC plans massive cull of lender panel

The Business Mortgage Company is planning a sweeping cull of its lender panel. The commercial and buy-to-let specialist packager currently has a panel of over 20 firms. But under plans being drawn up this could be slashed to between six and eight. Andy Young, managing director of TBMC, says: “We have the opportunity to drive […]

Government pledges more affordable housing in Cumbria

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