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How the government will help you buy a house

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A government-backed scheme to help people take their first steps on the property ladder has finally been launched this month.

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Landlords benefit from cheap mortgages

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A government scheme to provide more credit to households and small businesses has led to a large increase in borrowing by private landlords.

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Can house price forecasts be trusted?

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Are house prices set to rise or fall? Money writer Neil Faulkner looks at whether property price predictions and forecasts can be trusted.

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How to add space and light to your home

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Whether your home is small or simply cluttered, add space and light with these top tips from Kevin McCloud, presenter of Channel 4 show Grand Designs.

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Britain's new homes are smallest in Europe

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Britain's new homes are getting smaller. In fact, the experts say our new-build homes are the smallest in western Europe. But a new campaign aims to rectify this.

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Quick-sale property firms face new crackdown

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Watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched an investigation into firms which promise to buy people’s homes in record-quick time.

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How the government plans to help you buy a house

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One of the most significant announcements in last month's Budget involved plans for the government to help people purchase property.

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Six things novices need to know before buying a house

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Buying a property? Don't get ripped off by the vendor or outmanoeuvred by a rival buyer. Here are six things novices need to know before buying a house.

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How to cut the cost of moving home

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As anyone buying a new house will testify, the expense of upping sticks can soon mount up. But follow these top tips and you could save a significant amount of money.

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Good neighbours add £19,400 to property value

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Attractive homes surrounding a property have the potential to increase its sale price by as much as £19,400, according to new research.

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