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.

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.

House prices see their smallest September gain in eight years as buy to let activity dwindles

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 | News

The average asking price for houses in the UK rose by just 1% this month, according to the latest figures from Rightmove – the smallest rate of increase for the time of year since 2010.

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.

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.

One in three under 35s risk poverty in retirement because they are saving for a home over a pension

Thursday, 04 October 2018 | News

Millennials are prioritising saving for a mortgage over their pensions, risking the outcome of a lower income in retirement, new research from Prudential suggests.

Can I buy my council home with my kids?

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 | Question and Answer

Right to Buy allows council tenants to buy their home with the help of a discount on the purchase price.

Revealed: Britain’s most expensive streets, as the number of £1m-plus homes goes up by 20%

Thursday, 27 September 2018 | News

There are now 17,289 streets in Britain where the average property value is £1 million-plus, up from 14,417 in 2017, according to Zoopla’s 2018 Rich List.