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Mortgages & property

Could listing on Airbnb put you in trouble with your mortgage lender?

Accommodation site Airbnb has seen bookings in London rise by 130% in the last year, according to new data from Colliers, with 4.62m nights of accommodation booked on the home-sharing...

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Renting versus buying: which will cost you more?

Buying a home often works out cheaper than renting – but high rent costs and huge deposit requirements are locking first-time buyers out of home ownership, according to data from...

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Landlords risk £5,000 fines under new energy rules

More than 300,000 landlords could be slapped with fines of up to £5,000 if they don’t improve the energy efficiency of their rental homes, under new rules coming into force next year. Earlier...

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Should you take advantage of a ‘tracker’ mortgage charging less than 1%?

HSBC has launched the cheapest tracker deal on record, but is now the right time to take a gamble on a variable mortgage? HSBC’s new 0.99% tracker is available for...

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From Carlisle to Cornwall: how much deposit first-time buyers are paying

Buyers in some UK areas are putting down over £100,000 as a deposit on their first home, even as others pay less than £15,000 upfront. New data from Halifax has revealed the...

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Bank of England crackdown: will new lending rules stop you getting a mortgage?

The Bank of England (BoE) has brought in tighter regulations for mortgage lenders, amid starker warnings about household debt in the UK. But what effect will they have on your...

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The future of property: Would you sell your home on Facebook?

Viewing a house, applying for a mortgage or making a property sale? There’s an app for that. Last week, Santander announced it would be bringing video link mortgage advice to...

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Are you a property boom winner…or did you lose out?

The rapid rise in house prices in the 1990s and early 2000s resulted in a £2.3 trillion windfall for homeowners – but how much you profited from the boom depends on when you...

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The risk of being a ‘secret’ landlord: what to do if you want to let out your home

Becoming a landlord is getting tougher, according to new data from lender Kent Reliance. A quarter of landlords who sought a loan in 2017 found it more difficult than previously....

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12 things buy-to-let landlords need to know in 2017

New data shows landlords are increasingly reluctant to buy property in recent months, following a raft of new regulations – but are you up-to-date with your obligations? Statistics from the Council of Mortgage Lenders...

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