'I had commissioned a pair of plaster Queen Anne-style side tables from the artisan Stephen Antonson,' Smith said. 'Inspired by an antique table, I loved the surprise of that classic curvaceous silhouette executed in a chalky plaster. Perfect for this space, they were among some of the pieces I found it easier to simply loan to the Obama White House. … [Read more...] about ‘It became a true refuge’: Michelle Obama reveals how she made the White House feel like a normal family home where her daughters could hang with friends – and she could ‘hide out in sweats’
I want to buy a house for the first time
If you want to buy a home worth more than £450,000 with your LISA, 20 per cent of what you withdraw is taken off You can only use a LISA for a property if you have NEVER owned a property before (including a share of a property that was inherited, or a home overseas) If you're a first-time buyer purchasing with someone else (a partner or friend, for example), they cannot have owned a property before If you're using the money for a new home it is paid directly to a solicitor, not to you If you reach the age of 40 on or before 6 April 2018 you won't be eligible for a LISA If you're using the money for retirement you can only access it on your 60th birthday. By contrast, you can access money in a private pension from the age of 55. … [Read more...] about What are Help to Buy and shared ownership and are there other government schemes to help you buy your first home?
'I didn't hear either of those comments or anything even resembling them,' Bolton told Fox News. 'I was there at the point in time that morning when it was decided that he would not go Aisne-Marne cemetery … It was entirely a weather-related decision, and I thought the proper thing to do. … [Read more...] about White House chief of staff says Donald Trump was targeting the ‘military-industrial complex’ when he said generals ‘don’t love me’- in aftermath of claims he called fallen heroes ‘losers’
Help to Buy Isa - It's a tax-free savings account where for every £200 you save, the Government will add an extra £50. But there's a maximum limit of £3,000 which is paid to your solicitor when you move. These accounts have now closed to new applicants but those who already hold one have until November 2029 to use it. … [Read more...] about I joined a peer to peer savings scheme to help buy £335k two-bed first home
Lifetime Isa - This is another Government scheme that gives anyone aged 18 to 39 the chance to save tax-free and get a bonus of up to £32,000 towards their first home. You can save up to £4,000 a year and the Government will add 25% on top. … [Read more...] about What’s next for house prices? Will they fall after hitting 16-year high