Expanding the services you can benefit from – here’s the Altura review of 2022

It’s been another busy and positive year at Altura. Read about the new services you can access and how we’re improving our service in our review of 2022.

Want to release equity from your home? The pros and cons of downsizing and equity release

When it comes to later in life, your home is likely to be one of your biggest assets. So, what do you do when your children have flown the nest,

Should you choose a fixed or tracker mortgage rate? Here are the pros and cons

More than half of all borrowers will see their fixed-rate mortgage deal end in the next three years. That’s the recent conclusion of research published by Mortgage Solutions that suggests

3 practical tips for switching your mortgage if your deal is coming to an end

One of the consequences of rising inflation and the chancellor’s “mini-Budget” is that interest rates in the UK are likely to rise further over the next few months. With the

What the “mini-Budget” fallout means for your mortgage

With a new prime minister having taken office last month, the government has started to announce its plans for stimulating the UK economy during the cost of living crisis. Kwasi

The parents’ guide to paying for university and student loans

If your child will be going to university this year or is planning to further their education in the future, you undoubtedly feel proud. However, you may also worry about

First-time buyers pay more than £40,000 for a home than before the pandemic

If you, or a loved one, is planning to buy their first home, they can expect to pay £40,000 more for a property than they did before the pandemic. That’s

The pros and cons of student buy-to-let (and the 10 best places to be a student landlord)

Going to university remains a hugely popular choice for many students. According to official government data, there were around 750,000 applications for full-time undergraduate places in 2021 – a new

Guide: Your complete guide to *buy-to-let

*Buy-to-let properties can provide an additional income stream and help you to support your goals. As a result, becoming a landlord is something you may have thought about. For example,

3 valuable benefits of working with a broker when interest rates are rising

The cost of fixed-rate mortgage deals hit a nine-year high in July 2022. Find out why, and how we can help you to secure a low-cost deal when rates are rising.

Could a 50-year mortgage help you to buy a home?

The government is considering 50-year mortgages, which could pass through generations. Read more, and for our reaction when the press asked us for comment.

Self-employed workers twice as likely to be rejected for a mortgage – here’s what you can do to boost your chances

New research shows that self-employed workers are twice as likely to be rejected for a mortgage. Discover why, and four tips that can boost your chances.

1 in 4 people who moved home during the pandemic now regret it

New research has revealed 1 in 4 people who moved home during the pandemic now regret their decision. Find out more, and some useful relocating tips.

10 straightforward DIY jobs around the house

One of the biggest social changes over the last 50 years has been the rise in the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to jobs around the house. This has resulted in the

How the UK property market has changed during the Queen’s reign

Back when the Queen ascended to the throne, the average price of a house in the UK was just £1,891. Here’s how the UK property market has changed in the last 70 years.

Access leading specialist and commercial lending with our brand-new service

Sometimes your lending requirements might not tick the standard boxes for a bank or building society. Perhaps you’re a buy-to-let landlord with a portfolio of properties? A developer looking to