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Buy your second home with a 5% deposit

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It's possible to move home even if you can only scrape together a 5 per cent deposit, provided you shop around for a mortgage. Money journalist Neil Faulkner explains how.

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50% of first-time buyers consider shared ownership

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Nearly half of first-time buyers are considering shared ownership, according to new research by Lloyds TSB. Neil Faulkner looks at how these schemes work and the drawbacks.

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Buy a house without a mortgage

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Genie is a new scheme aimed at helping first-time buyers and long-term renters onto the property ladder without a mortgage. We take a look.  Read More…

Find the perfect loan or credit card with our simple guide

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There are lots of different uses for credit cards and loans, making them suitable for almost everyone – even if you don't need to borrow. Lenders offer a variety of deals to suit your requirements.

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Annuity choices explained: How to make the most of a small pension

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When you've built up a retirement pot, there are three main ways that you either could or should get an income from it.

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Bonus rates on savings: Good or bad?

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Many don’t like introductory bonus rates on savings accounts as it’s easy to forget when they run out – leaving customers earning a pitiful rate of interest. But there are pros, as we explain.

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The DIY car repairs that can save you £220

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Many motorists are clueless about car maintenance and repairs, despite many expensive problems being easy to fix yourself and costing far less money than a repairer. Here's our guide to doing it yourself.  Read More…

60% of homeowners say property is their pension

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Almost two-thirds of homeowners plan to use their homes to fund their retirement - whether by downsizing, letting spare rooms, or releasing equity tied up in the property.  Read More…

What happens to your debt when you die?

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What happens to your debt when you die? We answer five common questions about borrowing and debt.

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Home insurance: 25 things to check when buying

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Price is not the only factor when buying home insurance. There are many areas where specific levels of cover might be important to you. We take a look.  Read More…

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Neil Faulkner

Neil Faulkner

Neil Faulkner waded his way through a mountain of claims as a paralegal before moving on to be an insurance consultant and claims manager. He is a long-term investor, and one-time property owner and landlord. He writes about property, investing, insurance, consumer issues, and helping people get out of debt misery.

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