Thursday 22nd March 2018
Leanne Franklin

Leanne Franklin

Mouthy Blogger

West Midlands lass trying to get on the housing ladder in the smoothest way possible. Likes drinking wine and dancing.

The end of letting fees?

It’s not often you read good news in the world of finance, but I was recently surprised and delighted to read that the huge fees imposed on tenants to rent a property may soon be a thing of the past. According to Government proposals published on Wednesday Nov 1, letting agents and landlords could face…


Is there really any help for first time buyers?

Getting on the property ladder is a priority for me right now. As I tread the hard road to home ownership, I can’t help but wonder why it’s so difficult now compared with our parents’ generation. According to research by Yorkshire Building Society, one in two people aged 35-40 who are not homeowners think it’s unlikely,…

New Car Tax

Let’s talk about new car tax

Buying a brand new car is possibly one of the most expensive purchases you’ll make. It requires a lot of leg work, planning, and research. Economy, aesthetics, performance, size… there’s lots to consider. I’ve had my car for four years, and my little Toyota Aygo was perfect for when I was a nervy new driver –…


Property prices rise…again!

For those of you, like myself, who are trying to get on the property ladder, it’s worth taking note of another alarming (for us, anyway) trend. The average house price has risen by a whopping £15k. This is great if you are on the property ladder already but, for first time buyers, the picture is…


New Year, new you, new savings

It’s a new year, and the perfect time for making resolutions that you may (or may not) keep. Stop smoking, cut down on the wine, get healthy – we’ve all got our own. While I probably need to do all three of the aforementioned, my biggest priority this year is to save, save, save! Over…

January Blues

Time to beat those January blues!

January. You can’t help but feel a little bleak at the prospect. Christmas is over, money is tight, and waistbands are even tighter. We’re back at work feeling a little fragile after two weeks of excess. We’ve all drank too much, eaten too much, and more than likely spent too much, which usually means as…

Outside London Life

There is life beyond London!

The bright lights of London have been calling early twenty-somethings down in droves for the last few decades. An amazing city coupled with outstanding career opportunities makes London seem like the obvious choice to kick start your adult life, and it really is an amazing place to live. But what happens when the glitter wears…

Running Fitness

How to get fit and save money

I never ever thought I would say this, but being fit and healthy ranks pretty high on my list of life priorities. Having spent most of my twenties drinking and eating far too much, the only exercise I ever got was chucking shapes on the dancefloor in a questionable club. While that was all excellent…

Property Ladder

Why it’s nearly impossible to get on the property ladder

It’s been splashed all over the media this week that home ownership has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years. Even scarier, it’s not just Londoners who are struggling, but people across other big cities including Manchester, and my home town Birmingham. In fact, the proportion of people who own their own home has…



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