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Things parents will do for a good school catchment area

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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.  Read More…

Lloyds cuts mortgage borrowing cap

  •  05 Aug, 2014
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The country's largest home-buying lender has reduced the amount of money people can borrow under the landmark Government scheme designed to stimulate mortgage activity.

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Video: 8 of the best Shed of the Year finalists

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From domes made of bottles to giant teapots - Here's a small selection of our favourite finalists in 2014's Shed of the Year. 

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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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Insurers act to end renewal rip-offs

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The UK's insurance companies say they are planning to give customers a clearer picture when it comes to renewing motor and home policies.

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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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Moving home? You'll need £4,205 to fix hidden horrors

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Buyers are feeling pressured to purchase a home without checking it properly for damage, leaving many with hefty repair bills after moving in, research shows.

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Plan for zero-carbon homes revealed

  •  05 Jun, 2014
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Renewable energy experts have criticised Government plans to water down a move to make all new-build homes "zero-carbon".

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