We’re a nation of DIY lovers, aren’t we? Home improvement can be a double winner, as not only can it make your house into a home, it could also make it a more profitable asset for you.
And a lot of us think that now. An amazing 91% of homeowners think their house value has increased since they bought it, and by an average of £33,125, according to recent research from Co-op Insurance.
Car finance is one of the most common examples of how we pay for ‘large ticket’ items, and a good credit rating can be the difference between getting a good interest rate or not, or sometimes getting any deal at all.
What are your car finance options?
If you decide to borrow credit to buy a car, the marketplace is vast, with plenty of rate and payment options. It’s worth comparing different loans and methods of finance so you get the one that’s best suited to your needs.
Over half of those who responded (53%) said they use their credit card at least once a week – with over one in four (27%) saying they use it every day. Just over one in five (21%) said they use it monthly, while just over one in four said ‘other’.
We also asked How much of your credit card balance do you pay off every month?**
41% said they pay off the full balance of the card , while 18% told us they make sure they pay the minimum payment. A further 29% said they pay only what they can afford.
Finally, we asked What’s your priority when deciding to switch or compare cards***. 43% told us that reducing the interest they pay was the biggest priority, while 32% said that it depended on which rewards and benefits were available.
A wide range of responses such as this could mean that different credit cards may suit different people. Think about what you actually want a credit card for. Is it for doing the weekly shop? Making a large purchase? Or paying off a current debt at a better rate? Continue reading →
These no-frills cards are aimed at people who need to help build their credit history. They often have low credit limits to start with and a high APR, but paying off the bill each month can help show lenders that you’re reliable. Applying for too many cards at once can hurt your credit score even more, so it’s an idea to choose a credit card you’re more likely to get, and one that suits your needs best.
It is quite common now to move credit card debt to another card to help give yourself more time to pay it off at a cheaper rate.
A balance transfer is when you choose to move your credit card debt to another card with a lower or 0% interest rate.
How do they work?
With a 0% balance transfer credit cardyou can potentially give yourself longer to pay off an existing credit card debt, without having to pay interest. Some 0% rates last for 3 months, some for up to 24 months, one or two even longer.
It can work almost like an interest-free loan, but only if you make sure you plan well and pay it back within the period of the 0% promotional rate, and as long as you make the minimum monthly payment, and stick to any other terms and conditions the card might have. If you don’t make the minimum monthly payment, or you miss the pay date entirely, you run the risk of losing the promotional 0% deal as well.
That’s right – the Experian Credit Score, which shows you how lenders may view you, and can be a useful thing to know when you are thinking of applying for credit.
To get your Experian Credit Score FREE forever, sign up to our new CreditMatcher, a free independent service that helps you compare credit deals you’re more likely to get, based on your credit information. We are a credit broker not a lender, working with selected lenders†.
Did you know that this is the week there are the most online searches for holiday money?
According to Google Trends*, in 2015 there were 100,000 online searches for holiday money in the week ending 4 July, higher than at any other time in the year.
Before you go on holiday this summer, it’s worth remembering that there are many ways you could cut costs before you’ve even touched down.
Waiting until you get to the airport to make essential purchases makes you a captive customer – you’ve literally got nowhere else to go, so you’re likely to pay a premium for exchange rate and small items. So get your pounds to euro, pounds to dollar sorted out in advance, get your sun cream & toothpaste from pound shops, and book your airport parking as soon as you know your flight times – and you might save a packet.