Buying Process


RBS 'wanted critic's mortgage back'

A businessman who wrote a government report that criticised RBS has been told he can no longer remain a customer of the bank, according to the BBC's Panorama programme.

Mortgages | 25 Nov 2014

We Buy Any House pulled up by ASA

Website ‘We Buy Any House’ has been censured by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) for misrepresenting itself as an alternative to an estate agent while acting in a similar way.

Mortgages | 19 Nov 2014
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Retirees look to buy-to-let to invest pension pots

Retirees are looking to invest their pension savings in the buy-to-let market, according to a survey from the Bank of Ireland.

Buy to Let | 14 Nov 2014

2.5m over-55s plan to downsize in retirement

Four in 10 (41 per cent) of homeowners over the age of 55 plan to sell their current property, according to the bi-annual Prudential Downsizing Index.

Mortgages | 14 Nov 2014

Lloyds exits stand-alone protection advice

Lloyds Banking Group has announced it will no longer offer stand-alone protection advice across its Halifax, Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland branches after observing "significantly reduced" customer demand.

Insurance | 14 Nov 2014

Mortgage arrears and repossessions still falling

Mortgage arrears and repossessions continue to fall, according to Q3 data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

Mortgages | 13 Nov 2014
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Rural properties command 26% premium

Properties in the British countryside command a £46,600 premium, according to Halifax, with average prices 26 per cent higher than urban homes.

Mortgages | 12 Nov 2014

Annual house price growth slows to 8.8% - Halifax

Prices in the three months to October were 8.8 per cent up on 2013, despite annual house price growth tumbling since mid-summer after a peak of 10.2 per cent in July.

Mortgages | 06 Nov 2014

Second-steppers need to find £58,000 to plug financial holes

Home owners need to find £58,000, up £15,000 year-on-year, to plug the gap between their current home’s value and the cost of their ideal second property.

Mortgages | 17 Oct 2014

UK average house worth just over £200,000

The average price of a property in the UK has stabilised at £203,135, according to the latest Haart Housing Market Monitor.

Mortgages | 16 Oct 2014

Top tips: How to apply for a joint mortgage

Andrew Boast, conveyancing director at Share a Mortgage, gives his top tips for getting a mortgage with your friend, family member or unmarried partner.

Mortgages | 16 Oct 2014
Full-time IT positions down by nearly 10 per cent at London boroughs since 2012

London house prices up almost 20% in a year

House prices in the UK are up 11.7 per cent in the year to August 2014 with London prices surging almost 20 per cent in the past year, according to the latest official figures.

Mortgages | 15 Oct 2014

How to choose an estate agent

According to recent research two thirds of home movers have had issues with their estate agent. How do you pick the right one?

Mortgages | 13 Oct 2014

Two thirds of movers had estate agent trouble

Nearly two thirds (60 per cent) of people who bought or sold a property in the last five years had an issue with their estate agent.

Mortgages | 10 Oct 2014

Is home ownership a reality for the next generation?

Recent research found that 49 per cent of non-homeowners think they'll never get a foot on the ladder. Is it harder than ever to buy a house?

Mortgages | 09 Oct 2014

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