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Mortgages & property

How landlords can use their income to beat new buy-to-let rules

Which? looks at how lenders are using top slicing to offer buy-to-let mortgages to portfolio landlords who struggle to meet new affordability criteria.

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Around 60,000 pensioners to be hit with mortgage interest shock

Thousands of pensioners could face paying off an addition loan when they sell their homes after the government ends its Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) scheme in April 2018, new...

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A £2 raffle to win a manor house? 5 novel ways to sell property

Which? looks at the more left-field methods people are using to sell their homes in a slow market, including bitcoin only sales and through raffles.

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Property agents face scrutiny over ‘unfair’ fees

Which? explains a new six-week government consultation into unfair practices by managing agents in the leasehold and private rented sectors.

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Stamp duty cuts proposed for energy efficient homes

The government has considered lowering stamp duty costs for greener homes, as a way of encouraging buyers and homeowners to make properties more energy efficient. Climate change minister Claire Perry...

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Mapped: how house prices have bounced back post-crash

Which? assesses new figures that show property prices in almost all parts of London and Wales are now above those achieved before the 2008 crash.

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Buy-to-let landlords face compulsory ombudsman scheme

Which? explains new proposals by the government to make landlords sign up to a property ombudsman scheme that provides redress if disputes occur.

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£10bn Help to Buy boost: will first-time buyers benefit?

Which? looks at plans to extend Help to Buy to aid 135,000 more home buyers and assesses whether the scheme remains a viable way to buy a home.

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Online tool predicts mortgage chances: are you likely to get approved?

A new tool from credit agency Experian promises to take the guesswork out of applying for a mortgage. The tool estimates your chances of getting accepted for a mortgage by...

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New buy-to-let rules: how portfolio landlords can still get a loan

Which? explains new the new lending rules that come into force for portfolio landlords today, and assesses how major lenders are responding.

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