buying

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

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 ...

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Buying a freehold home? Check the small print

Freehold means you hold your property outright for ever– but it’s often far from ‘free’. Inflated fees, rents and covenants can add hundreds to your annual bills, so ask your solicitor to check for hidden charges

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Revealed: Why 17 March is the best date to sell your home

Saturday 17 March is the best day to put a property on the market this year, according to new research.

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Give older homeowners tax break to ease housing crisis

Reducing the amount of stamp duty tax applied to older home buyers could alleviate the pressure on the UK housing market and free up much-needed housing stock.

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Rental round-up: cheaper to rent than to buy in London

Research by property portal Zoopla suggests it is cheaper to rent than to buy a property in over half (54%) of UK cities.

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Affordability worries hit home buyers

Almost half of consumers (49%) expect house prices to rise over the next 12 months, while just 10% expect them to fall, according to new industry data.

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New-build homes 'unaffordable' for eight in 10 families

The current system of housebuilding in England is failing families by producing high-priced, poor-quality homes that are ‘rigged’ in favour of big developers, according to a new report by Shelter.

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House prices up but outlook more subdued

House prices in the UK continue their upward trajectory, going up by 7.2% over the year to December 2016, with the average house costing £219,544.

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The AA launches competitive member-only mortgages

The AA has this week launched a pair of competitive new mortgage deals, although they are only available to AA breakdown cover members.

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Over half of Moneywise users happy for garden villages to be built near them

More than half (52%) of Moneywise.co.uk users agree with more garden villages being built - even if it’s near where they live.

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