UK mortgage demand nears pre-Covid level amid stamp duty cut

UK mortgage demand nears pre-Covid level amid stamp duty cut Bank of England figures show consumer borrowing up in July as coronavirus lockdown eased Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Mortgage demand increased sharply and consumer borrowing rose for the first time in five months as the UK emerged Read more about UK mortgage demand nears pre-Covid level amid stamp duty cut[…]

More UK homebuyers turn to 'bank of mum and dad' as Covid crisis bites

More UK homebuyers turn to ‘bank of mum and dad’ as Covid crisis bites Family and friends will support nearly one in four purchases in 2020, against one in five last year Nearly one in four home purchases this year will be backed by the “bank of mum and dad” – up Read more about More UK homebuyers turn to 'bank of mum and dad' as Covid crisis bites[…]

Can I get a 20-year mortgage when I'm due to retire in 17 years?

Can I get a 20-year mortgage when I’m due to retire in 17 years? I can afford a 17-year loan, but as a super-cautious person I’d prefer a slight reduction in monthly outgoings Q I am expecting to buy a small flat, for between £90,000 and £120,000 with a deposit of 15% Read more about Can I get a 20-year mortgage when I'm due to retire in 17 years?[…]

'Imagine using liquid water': why people water their house plants with ice cubes

‘Imagine using liquid water’: why people water their house plants with ice cubes Often touted as an easy solution to overwatering, the practice of placing ice cubes in orchids has become a ‘comedy horticultural moment’ One piece of houseplant folklore resurfaces from time to time: that we should water our plants with Read more about 'Imagine using liquid water': why people water their house plants with ice cubes[…]

Three easy ways to ripen your tomatoes

Three easy ways to ripen your tomatoes They think they are still in the tropical Andean highlands, you have to talk them out of it Ever since I can remember, I have had a passion for growing tomatoes. The diversity of colours and flavours of their fruit, the delicate ferny foliage of Read more about Three easy ways to ripen your tomatoes[…]

Truly, madly, deeply: meet the people turning their basements into secret fantasy worlds

Truly, madly, deeply: meet the people turning their basements into secret fantasy worlds It’s one thing turning your basement into a wine cellar, but some people are building replica streets, theme parks and even trains beneath their homes When Jason Shron and his wife, Sidura, were house hunting in 2007, the Canadian Read more about Truly, madly, deeply: meet the people turning their basements into secret fantasy worlds[…]

A last-minute planting spree to hold back the tide of autumn

A last-minute planting spree to hold back the tide of autumn There’s still time to make things grow! Just not very much of it So, the plot is finally cleared and ready-ish for autumn. I resisted as long as I could – for which read the fag-end of July. I had become Read more about A last-minute planting spree to hold back the tide of autumn[…]