A new year is upon us, a time where we all make promises to ourselves. One of the biggest resolutions we make is to purchase our dream home. We thought as it is the beginning of a new year lets look at properties in Newcastle (see what we did there).
With Christmas basically here, the Downton Abbey festive special is already causing us fans excitement. The return of the Crawleys and the confirmed appearance of George Clooney, means the Edwardian favourite will be top of the Christmas TV Schedule this year.
If you’re a fan of the festive season, Bath could be the perfect location for you to put down roots. Bath boasts one of the best Christmas Markets in the UK, with more than 170 wooden chalets selling original crafts and goods, which is open well after dark for 11 days over the Christmas period. With its Christmas lights, the aroma of mulled wine and pine needles, the annual Christmas Market really gives beautiful Bath a fairy-tale atmosphere.
We’ve all been there; you’ve spent too much money on countless Christmas drinks parties and general winter comforts for yourself, leaving Christmas shopping to the last minute only to realise your actual budget is a fraction of what you hoped it would be.
New research shows that 21.2 million people are looking at other ways to help them raise funds to pay for Christmas. According to a survey from Scottish Friendly, 1 in 5 Londoners will be looking for a second job to fund the holidays. Whilst 2 million of us across the UK have planned to ignore Christmas altogether and work to cash in on the extra rewards.
Mark Carney, talking to Birmingham Post, had claimed that inflation is likely to drop below 1% over the next few months, not rising again until late 2015. “…for this economy to have balance and inflation to get back to 2% [the Bank of England’s target] over the next few years…in all likelihood…interest rates are going to have to increase”. Mr Carney emphasised the probability of a gradual hike in interest rates, while expressing uncertainty about the exact time frame.
Following recent findings, Energy UK (trade association for the energy industry) have launched a campaign to target British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power and SSE in a bid to get the frozen cash back to those from whom it has been withheld.
The steady decrease in fixed-rate mortgage prices continues as HSBC announce new mortgage plan with a five-year fixed-rate of 2.48%, edging ever closer to the record lows set by Yorkshire Building Society at 2.44% in August 2013.