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New rules set to make it harder to get a mortgage

Model house in human hands

From the end of April, lenders will subject mortgage applications to greater scrutiny – and this could affect your chances of buying a home.

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Fixed-rate mortgages creeping up

  •  09 Apr, 2014
Estate agents' signs

Borrowers searching for a fixed-rate mortgage deal will find that some lenders' rates have started to edge up, experts have warned.

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House-hunters list top 10 turn-offs

  •  04 Apr, 2014
Hand painting wall red

Prospective home buyers have named their top 10 biggest decorative turn-offs in a new survey.

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Ghost-gazumping hits London buyers

  •  24 Mar, 2014
Top of a row of terraced houses

House sellers in London are increasingly raising the asking price of their property at the last minute - even though there are no rival bidders, it has been reported.

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House prices rise in 51% of areas

  •  03 Mar, 2014
Moving signs outside houses

More than half of all districts in England and Wales saw house price rises last month, according to property experts.

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Finances force 21% of couples to cohabit

Young couple having just moved in

Money – or the lack of it – is causing couples to fast-forward relationships, as 21% admit finances caused them to move in together sooner than planned.

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Warning over sales of flood-damaged homes

Flooded street

If you need to move out of a flood-damaged property, a quick-sale company may be able to help. But be warned: the cost could be higher than you expect. 

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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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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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Mortgage approvals hit 6-year high

  •  27 Jan, 2014
First-time buyers looking for a house

Britain's high street bank mortgage lending has hit a six-year peak, according to new figures.

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