Living near Nando’s nearly cost me my mortgage

Nando’s usually results in a bad taste in my experience, not home-buying problems (apologies to Nando’s lovers).  For me, it’s caused troubles in getting a mortgage. My home is in a large, newish block, with the chicken specialist close by and a small Tesco on the other side of the building. When I bought the flat in...

Getting a mortgage? Don’t assume your bank knows best

My fiancé and I are lucky to be in a position to buy an actual house, and even luckier to have had an offer accepted. We’re now quite a way through the process but we weren’t quite lucky enough to buy without a mortgage, so securing one was naturally the next step. Now we’d already spoken to a...

Help to Buy and other mortgage schemes – make sure you have all the info

My boyfriend and I are hoping to buy a house in the not too distant future, and have begun making enquiries after many discussions about where and how we would do it. We live in a flat on a new development that is still being completed. And when we saw houses available there that fit our criteria,...