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74% underestimate full homebuying costs

Sold sign outside house

From solicitors' bills to removal fees, 74% of homeowners underestimate the full cost of buying a home, finds new research by the government-backed Money Advice Service. We look at what it really costs.

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Insurers urged to revamp renewal notices

  •  20 Feb, 2014
Knife cutting paper with costs written on it

Consumer rights group Which? calls for insurers to show last year's premium alongside renewal quotes to encourage customers to shop around for the best deal.

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Insurance industry in floods pledge

  •  19 Feb, 2014
A badly flooded UK street

Insurance companies dealing with the aftermath of the recent floods, which have left parts of the country under several feet of water, have promised to deal with the situation "effectively and well".

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Sinkhole house 'close to collapse'

  •  18 Feb, 2014
Ripon sinkhole property

A sinkhole has opened up under a detached house, leaving part of the structure close to collapse and a community concerned about the future of their properties.

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Many first-time buyers have regrets

  •  17 Feb, 2014
First-time buyers looking for a house

First-time buyers have been urged to make sure they do not overstretch themselves financially when trying to get on the housing ladder.

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Floods set to cause home insurance price rise

A badly flooded UK street

Insurers are still weighing up the impact of this winter's awful weather. But a surge in flood-related claims is likely to raise everyone's premiums. 

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Annual mortgage statements explained

A calculator and paperwork

Don't ignore your annual mortgage statement as being clued up about your borrowing makes it easier to switch to a better deal when the chance comes. We explain all.

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Blog: Would you rent out your spare room?

A rental agreement

Renting out a spare room can help pay bills and cover your mortgage. But would you feel comfortable letting someone move into your home to earn some extra cash?

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Storms leave 80,000 without power

  •  13 Feb, 2014
Sandbags outside flooded house in York

Storms have left tens of thousands of households still without power after parts of the country were battered by winds of up to 108mph.

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£5,000 grants for flood victims

  •  13 Feb, 2014
A flooded street

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that grants of up to £5,000 will be available to flood-hit homeowners.

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