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Buyers need to find £33,000 deposit for first home

Monday, 13 August 2018 | News

Buyers are having to put down record deposits, averaging at £33,127 nationally, on their first home, as property prices for first-time buyers hit almost £209,000.

Half of first-time buyers 'sick with stress'

Monday, 13 August 2018 | News

First-time buyers are putting significant strain on their health, relationships and careers in their quest to take their first step on the property ladder.

Tenants struggle with 'broken' deposit system, says Which?

Friday, 10 August 2018 | News

A broken deposit system is placing financial pressure on renters in England, with tenants sometimes having to wait weeks to get their deposit returned or having a battle to get unfair charges removed, a Which?

Rental roundup: rents set to rise by 15% by 2023, while more landlords switch to company set-up

Thursday, 09 August 2018 | News

A supply shortage could push up rents up by 15% over the next five years, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Should I buy the freehold to my flat or should I wait for new rules that may make it cheaper?

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 | Question and Answer

Naomi Rennard, head of membership at HomeOwners Alliance, says: Buying the freehold of an apartment means, in reality, purchasing the freehold of the whole building alongside some, if not all, of your fellow flat owners ...

Equity release is a 'ticking time bomb', claims think tank

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 | News

There is a ‘ticking time bomb’ in the equity release mortgage sector, with companies significantly undervaluing the ‘no negative equity guarantees’ they offer borrowers, a new report claims.

Insurance-backed deposit schemes 'will give tenants nothing back'

Monday, 06 August 2018 | News

A report suggesting that deposits for renting a home should be replaced by a more affordable insurance-backed scheme has been criticised by a tenants’ campaign group. 

Interest rate rise: borrowers facing higher mortgage bills urged to fix

Thursday, 02 August 2018 | News

Households that are still on standard variable rate mortgages (SVRs) are being urged by brokers to consider switching.

Hidden fees cost borrowers an extra £900 on 'best' mortgage deals

Thursday, 02 August 2018 | News

Homeowners choosing the lowest rate mortgage deal with one of the UK’s big six lenders could pay almost £900 extra once fees and charges are factored in, according to analysis of fixed deals.

Lenders pledge to help 'mortgage prisoners'

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 | News

Lenders representing 93% of the residential mortgage market will be contacting thousands of ‘mortgage prisoners’ trapped on high interest rates to offer them a chance to switch to a better deal.