Home & mortgage

Equity release: how to extract cash from your home

Releasing equity tied up in your home can mean the difference between living in the house you love and moving out. We speak to three people who’ve done it

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Mortgage fees hit a five-year high as lenders lure in customers with cheap rates and sting them with extra costs

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 | News

Lenders have been cutting mortgage rates to appear competitive and attract homeowners who are remortgaging following the Bank of England base rate rise in August.

Proportion of homes bought with cash hits a record low as investors and downsizers steer clear

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 | News

The proportion of homes in England and Wales bought with cash fell by nearly a third in the first half of the year – the lowest level on record, new research has revealed.

What’s the real cost of moving home? Find out using our home moving tool

Friday, 19 October 2018 | News

When you're buying a house, you’re bound to end up spending much more than just the asking price.

Average house is worth £114,000 more than its rebuild cost

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 | News

The actual cost of rebuilding a house only accounts for three-fifths (59%) of its market value, with the remainder based on factors such as its location, according to Direct Line.

Buyers of new-builds could save hundreds thanks to a crackdown on unfair leases - but no help for existing leaseholders

Monday, 15 October 2018 | News

Prospective new-build homebuyers will be relieved to hear that the government intends to crack down on unfair leasehold practices.

Are you a 'pension pot' landlord or an 'accidental' landlord? Nearly half of buy to let owners use property to fund retirement

Friday, 12 October 2018 | News

Nearly half of buy to let (BTL) homeowners are ‘pension pot landlords’ according to estate agent Your Move.

22 days to sell your house: The fastest moving property market in Britain revealed

Thursday, 11 October 2018 | News

Home sellers in Edinburgh have the good fortune of selling in the fastest-moving property market in the UK.

Give tax breaks to landlords who sell to long-term tenants, says think tank

Monday, 08 October 2018 | News

The government is being urged to give landlords in England a tax break if they sell their rental properties to long-term tenants.

Do I need a Party Wall Agreement with my neighbour?

Friday, 05 October 2018 | Question and Answer

Yes, your neighbour needs a Party Wall Agreement from all affected neighbours before works start.

House prices drop by £4,000 on average in a month in the sharpest fall since April, says Halifax

Friday, 05 October 2018 | News

UK house prices fell unexpectedly in September, while annual growth also slowed to a three-month low, according to the latest Halifax house price index.