The home

Lending to first-time buyers hits 10-year high

First-time buyers received more loans this year than in any month of March since 2007.

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Bank of Mum and Dad to lend £6.5bn in 2017

The Bank of Mum and Dad is set to lend £6.5 billion in 2017, up from £5 billion in 2016.

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Over 55s risk missing out on family home allowance

Over 55s are at risk of missing out on the family home allowance for inheritance tax coming into force in April.

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Reminder: residence nil-rate band from April

The residence nil-rate band is coming into effect from 6 April 2017.

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Quarter of homeowners will need to downsize for retirement

Around 63% of homeowners favour downsizing their property to fund their retirement.

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Average inheritance now £119,000

Over 55s are likely to save the majority of any inheritance, which now stands at £119,000.

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Younger generations set to inherit more than predecessors

Younger people are likely to inherit more wealth than their predecessors in previous generations.

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Stamp duty viewed as barrier by first-time buyers

Two thirds of aspiring homeowners would be more likely to purchase a home if they didn’t have to pay stamp duty.

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Mortgage guarantee scheme closing

The Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme will close on 31 December 2016.

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Landlords shifted into higher tax bracket in 2017

More than 440,000 basic rate tax paying landlords could be moved into a higher tax bracket from April 2017.

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