house buying

Japanese knotweed wrongly knocking thousands off house prices because of out-of-date science used by mortgage lenders

Japanese knotweed is wrongly wiping thousands off the value of properties because lenders are relying on out-of-date scientific evidence, according to an investigation by MPs.

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Buyers' remorse: One in three homeowners searches for a new property within a year of buying one

As many as one in three (34%) of Brits admits they have searched for a new home despite having just bought a property, new research has found.

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Relief for mortgage prisoners? Changes to affordability tests could rescue many stuck on expensive deals

Mortgage prisoners may have cause for hope as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) concedes rule changes may be necessary to help them.

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Are Londoners fleeing the capital? Property money outflows reach 10-year peak

Londoners have spent more on property outside London in 2018 than any of the last 10 years.

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

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

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

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

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Bank of Mum and Dad sacrifice living standards to help kids buy a home

Nearly one in five parents and grandparents accept a lower standard of living to allow their loved ones to get onto the property ladder.

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

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.

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Half of first-time buyers 'sick with stress'

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.

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

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.

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