Mortgage help for first time buyers – government schemes and other ideas

Make the most of government initiatives and family support to achieve the dream of home ownership.

Moneywise investigation: are 'dream home' raffles turning into a nightmare?

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 | Article

Property prize draws have been in the news as several quirky homes have come up for grabs. But when the ticket money dries up, many disappear into the ether. Moneywise investigates

Castle raffle competition reprimanded for not awarding house prize

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 | News

The advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has admonished a homeowner who attempted to raffle her house, for giving out a prize of inferior value.

Brexit-weary London drags down UK house price growth

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 | News

Annual house price growth in the first quarter of 2019 stood at just 0.4%, according to the latest house price index figures from Nationwide – way below the annual growth rate of 2.5% seen at the same point in 2018.

UK house prices fall by over £3,000 in March after last month's surprise surge

Friday, 05 April 2019 | News

UK house prices fell by over £3,000 in March as the market corrected itself, following February’s surge in growth, according to the latest Halifax house price index.

House prices fall for first time in seven years, dragged down by London property slump

Friday, 29 March 2019 | News

England has recorded its first annual house price fall since 2012, driven by declines in London and the South East, new figures show.

Is it still worth taking out a Help to Buy Isa?

Thursday, 18 April 2019 | Article

Help to Buy Isas have been a roaring success, helping more than 150,000 people buy their first home.

What's the best way to save for a mortgage?

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 | Article

One reader is keen to buy a house in the capital but needs to consult on how to save up for a deposit

Government accused of 'hiding behind Brexit' while mis-selling of leasehold properties continues

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 | News

The HomeOwners Alliance has called on the government to tackle leasehold 'mis-selling' as research shows awareness of the issue has risen significantly.

Derelict land could provide enough space for one million new homes - but a large number of sites are being overlooked

Monday, 25 March 2019 | News

Brownfield land, which has previously been built on but is now derelict, could help solve the housing crisis and regenerate towns and cities. 

'Pattern of mis-selling' of leaseholds to homeowners prompts calls for competition regulator to take action

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 | News

MPs are calling for wide-ranging reform of leaseholds to help families trapped in unsellable and unmortgageable homes.