Property Purchasers

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Call for gazumping to be legally banned

As if buying a house in itself isn't frustrating enough, particularly in times when few houses are available and buyers are being incentivised by government ...
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Call for gazumping to be legally banned

As if buying a house in itself isn't frustrating enough, particularly in times when few houses are available and buyers are being incentivised by government ...
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How to pay no stamp duty at all

Here's a good wheeze. Instead of buying a townhouse property in Harcourt Street, Marylebone, for £6.4 million and paying huge sums in stamp duty, why ...
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Beware risks of retirement funded by property

It's not difficult to understand why people are attracted to property investment to provide income in retirement. The average UK house price has risen by ...
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Would setting fire to your property help?

In the sellers’ market we have today, you would probably expect to be in a good position to sell the property you bought 15 years ...
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Tight fit in the country for city folk

Moving from the city to a better life in the country has become something of a tradition since property values began to recover from the ...
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Mortgage lenders refusing to lend to recipients of Covid money

The long-term impact of Covid is beginning to be felt by people hoping to buy their first house or move home, as some of the ...
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Are property purchasers putting enough thought into home buying?

With a limited number of houses available on the housing market, the speed at which many properties are selling has prompted concerns over whether home ...
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Can I beat the stamp duty holiday deadline?

There are just six weeks to go before the end of the stamp duty holiday, when the threshold for paying the tax reduces from £500,000 ...
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Home movers to pay £57k more to move than before the tax break

The first Covid lockdown in 2020 caused the housing market to grind to a halt, leaving property transactions in limbo and home buyers and sellers ...
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Fixed rate and longer term mortgages offered

A flurry of 40 year fixed rate mortgages is expected to become available to offer property buyers longer term mortgages with a deposit of just ...
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Should home buyers worry about a longer mortgage term?

The Nationwide Building Society has said that most mortgages being taken out by first time buyer are for terms above the average 25 years. Indeed, ...
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Lockdown house viewers abusing rules

Estate agents have expressed concerns that lockdown house viewers are travelling out of their own area, sometimes driving hundreds of miles to view property, often ...
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New Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme open for first time home buyers

The government's revised Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme for home buyers is now open for applications from first time buyers in England. The scheme ...
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Shared ownership investigated

An investigation by the BBC’s Panorama programme has given an insight into some of the potential pitfalls of shared ownership. Giulia Trovato moved into her ...
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Ideal home available for Harry Potter fans

Harry Potter fan? You can now live in your ideal home, at the real-life refurbished Hogwarts! Harry Potter is undoubtedly one of the most loved ...
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UK’s biggest building society reduces deposit for first time buyer mortgages

The Covid pandemic caused wide disruption in the housing market and the number of mortgage deals fell dramatically between March 2020 to the beginning of ...
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Stamp duty changes increases pressure as housing market gets moving after lockdown

The governments of England and Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland have issued temporary Stamp Duty changes to encourage movement in the housing market that has ...
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Optimism returning to UK property market?

There is some reported evidence that the anticipated 'Boris Bounce' is beginning to be bear fruit, with the London property market in particular showing increased ...
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Bristol is 2019’s most sought after place for home buyers and renters

Property website, Rightmove, has crowned Bristol the most sought after place in the UK outside London for property sales and rentals during 2019. At the ...
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What square footage can you afford on your house budget?

In an exercise replicating a Office of National Statistics report published in 2017, that examined how much one square metre costs in different areas of ...
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Mortgage stress test – too high for the average family?

The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) has appealed to government to reassess the Financial Policy Committee's mortgage stress test for anyone wishing to climb the ...
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Would you head north for a 3-bed house under £100,000?

We all know that buying a property is one of the biggest and most important purchases you will ever make, but property in some areas ...
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55-plus free up a billion pounds through home equity release in Q1

In the sector's busiest start to any of the six years on record, nearly a billion pounds was raised by the over-55s in the first ...
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First time buyers must compromise to avoid high rents

In the long run, buying a house is less expensive than renting and most of us would agree that buying a house is worth the ...
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Advice and top tips for BOMAD

A staggering 3.6 million UK adults borrowed money from friends or family in the last twelve months, according to the Financial Conduct Authority's latest Financial Lives Survey ...
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25% of housing transactions dependent on ‘BOMAD’ (equivalent of £5.7 billion in mortgages in 2018)

The financial services group, Legal & General, has published new forecasts on the financial support provided to home buyers by the Bank of Mum and ...
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Nationwide takes on the ground rent scandal

The ‘ground rent scandal’ has caused some shocking headlines in recent months: Taylor Wimpey sold our freehold – it will cost £40k to buy it ...
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