WHAT WE OFFER
Our advisers have significant experience in a range of areas, and are able to provide bespoke specialist advice on everything from mortgages to pensions.
While there are many places to turn to for financial advice, an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) is able to offer you unbiased advice on financial products across the entire market.
We know how time consuming it can be to establish exactly which mortgage is right for you. Our financial advisers can help you select the best mortgage available, and help with the paperwork that comes with it.
When it comes to more complicated financial matters such as investments or pensions, a financial adviser who knows the ins and outs can point you in the right direction.
SAVINGS & INVESTMENTS
There are many different types of savings and investments, each with different structures and tax implications. We can discuss your aims and objectives and recommend the most suitable ways to achieve your goals.
Taxation can be very complicated. The rules, reliefs and allowances often change, meaning it is important to stay on top of the current laws to ensure you're managing your finances in a tax-efficient way.
PENSIONS & RETIREMENT
As pension specialists, we can provide advice on areas of pensions which other advisers simply aren't qualified to advise in. We can help you decide how much you should be putting in your pension as well as ensuring that your pension contributions are tax efficient.
Unfortunately, estate planning is not just for the retired or the wealthy. We can help arrage your estate appropriately so that it is distributed in line with your wishes.
Equity release describes a range of products that allow you to release the cash tied up in your home without moving. Niche are regulated by the FCA to advise and sell equity release products.
Hopefully you will never need to make a claim against your insurance. However, if the time comes, you want to be absolutely sure that the insurance you have is right for you. Here at Niche, we can help decide what type and level of insurance is suitable based on your current situation.
LONG TERM CARE
Providing long term care can sometimes be a serious financial burden on those who need care and their relatives. We work closely with care providers and solicitors to provide specialist advice on care fees and funding long term care.
SERVICES TO OTHER IFAs
We are a firm of Chartered Financial Planners with a team of highly knowledgeable advice givers. With this in mind, we have the capacity to increase our business and look after a larger "bank" of clients without reducing the quality of our service.
Help to Buy UK
Help to Buy: Equity loans
Equity Loans are open to both first-time buyers and home movers on new-build homes in England with a purchase price of up to £600,000.
You won't be able to sub-let your home if you use this scheme. It must also be your own property.
How it works
With an equity loan:
- You'll need to contribute at least 5% of the property price as a deposit
- The government will give you a loan for up to 20% of the price
- You'll need a mortgage of up to 75% to cover the rest
If the home in the table above sold for £210,000, you'd get £168,000 (80%, from your mortgage and the cash deposit) and pay back £42,000 on the loan (20%). You'd need to pay off your mortgage with your share of the money.
Equity loan fees
You won't be charged loan fees for the first 5 years of owning your home.
In the sixth year, you'll be charged a fee of 1.75% of the loan's value. After this, the fee will increase every year. The increase is worked out by using the Retail Prices Index plus 1%.
Your Help to Buy agent will contact you before the fees start, to set up monthly payments with your bank. You'll also be sent a statement about your loan each year.
Fees don't count towards paying back the equity loan.
Applying for an equity loan
Contact the Help to Buy agent in the area where you want to live if you'd like to buy a home with an equity loan.
You must buy your home from a registered Help to Buy builder. Your Help to Buy agent should have a list of registered builders for you to choose from.