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Have you been a property winner or loser in 2014?

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House prices cooled in the second half of the year thanks to tougher lending rules. But the property market should get a boost from new stamp duty reforms.

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How to protect yourself against gazumpers

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A survey shows almost a quarter of homeowners have been gazumped by rival buyers at some point. So how can you avoid being outbid at the last minute?

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80% of sellers overestimate home value

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Media hype around London's house price boom has led sellers elsewhere in the UK to think their homes are worth more than they really are, finds new research.

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Avoid these clichés if you want to sell your home

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If you’re selling a property, some well-worn phrases are guaranteed to put buyers on their guard. We explain how to get your home’s marketing right.

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What parents will do for a good school

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With one in 10 parents willing to pay more than £50,000 for a house in a good school catchment area, we look at some alternative methods parents have used.

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Buying a home? Why you'll need life cover too

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Just 11% of people think having life insurance is a top priority when buying a new home. But who's going to cover the mortgage should the worst happen?

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Six reasons you won't get a mortgage

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New lending rules means the banks have more excuses than ever to turn down home-loan customers. We explain how to avoid being caught out.

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Six things you must know before you rent a property

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Competition for rentals is fierce in many parts of the UK. But that doesn’t mean you should rush into an agreement without checking for potential pitfalls.

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Thousands face 'unaffordable' mortgage rate rise

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Research suggests many borrowers are being overambitious when buying a new home. But a rise in interest rates means they could get a nasty shock.

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Should you fix your mortgage for 10 years?

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New homebuyers with small deposits can now fix their loans for a decade. But is this long-term security worth the extra costs and restrictions?

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