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Why what you post on social media could stop you getting a mortgage

Banks, mobile networks and insurers are snooping on customers’ social media profiles before deciding whether to offer mortgages or other deals. Lenders have l... read more

How do we avoid losing a multi-million pound home to inheritance tax?

I am writing with one of life’s most wonderful problems to have: what to do in the case of a very valuable piece of London property.  My parents were lucky e... read more

How to be the Bank of Mum and Dad without damaging your own finances

Most parents like the idea of helping their children onto the housing ladder, and with tough conditions for first-time buyers, it’s no wonder that the Ban... read more

Gone fishing: How to track down the ideal riverside property for anglers 

 Fishing is not a glamour sport but thanks to the BBC2 series, Gone Fishing, which followed comedians Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse on their fishing trips, ... read more

Why wealthy homebuyers love a rectory: The classic British village homes in hot demand

 Rectories have a certain romance. Some of our best known authors — Jane Austen, John Betjeman, Alfred Lord Tennyson, A. A. Milne and the Bronte sisters live... read more

House prices remain steady despite August rate rise

House prices remained steady last month, despite the Bank of England’s widely-expected interest rate rise. The average price of a home in the UK rose by 0... read more

How do I get out of my Help to Buy loan I took out with my daughter?

I bought a new home with my daughter using Help to Buy four years ago.  My daughter wants her name removed from the mortgage loan, which we had under the Help ... read more

Help to Build instead of Help to Buy would have made homes cheaper

Five-and-a-half years ago a struggling Chancellor rolled the dice on the property market, with a move that was both inspired and economically daft. Help-to-Buy ... read more

Shoppers urged to check bank statements after Cardnet terminals take double payments

Thousands of shoppers, restaurant and pub-goers were charged twice last week when they used their credit and debit cards. Cardnet, which processes card payments... read more

Meet the Wonga wannabees: Britain cheered when the payday lender went bust….But beware its rivals

Wonga is no more — but there are still dozens of other payday loan firms out there. And complaints are rocketing. The Financial Ombudsman received nearly 11,0... read more

More than half of mortgage lenders have now passed on the interest rate hike to customers

More than half of mortgage lenders have now passed on the interest rate hike to customers By Samantha Partington For The Daily Mail Published: 22:26 BST, 4 Sept... read more

Help to Buy has left us trapped!

Charles Malcolm and his partner Jessica Dawson were desperate to buy a house near their parents in Cove Bay, Aberdeen. The young couple had tried to scrape toge... read more

If you’re going away or need your pets looked after, a house-sitter could be the answer

Former finance professionals Neil and Karen Oddy, both in their 50s, have been home and pet-sitting for 18 months. They have visited new parts of the UK – and... read more

Is the Starling Bank personal loan any good?

Challenger banks are already stealing the spotlight in both the savings and current account market with better rates than their high street peers and clever mob... read more

Wonga collapse: What it means for current customers and those claiming compensation 

Payday lender Wonga collapsed into administration yesterday soon after it confirmed it had stopped taking new loan applications. The controversial lender said ... read more

One-in-three chance of London’s housing market crashing by the end of 2019, expert poll claims

There is a one-in-three chance of a ‘significant correction’ in London’s housing market by the end of 2019, a poll of experts suggest. Propert... read more

Are developers inflating prices of homes sold through Help To Buy?

When 27-year-old Lee Gornall and his fiancee Paige Augar saw posters for a block of new-build flats just around the corner from her grandmother’s house in... read more

Are developers inflating the prices of homes sold through Help To Buy? 

When 27-year-old Lee Gornall and his fiancee Paige Augar saw posters for a block of new-build flats just around the corner from her grandmother’s house in... read more

What is a pension? We answer what they are and how much you need to save for retirement

What is a pension? Our back to basics guide to what they are, how much you need to save – and whether yours really could disappear By Rachel Rickard Straus fo... read more

House prices in Belfast have fallen 28% in the past 10 years

In a quarter of the UK’s major cities house prices have struggled to recover in the decade since the financial crisis, new research shows. Prices in Belf... read more

These building societies (29 out of 45) have failed to pass on ANY of the Bank rate rise to savers

Millions of hard-pressed savers have been left in the dark over whether they will benefit from the increase in the Bank base rate. Although it is 24 days since ... read more

Mortgage lenders cut rates for those with a 5% deposit

Less than a month after the Bank of England hiked the base rate to 0.75 per cent, mortgage lenders are continuing to slice the rates on deals offered to borrowe... read more

London’s ‘uncharted waters’ as remortgaging levels reach 9 year high

Remortgaging activity in London surged to a nine-year high in the second quarter of this year, as buyer activity and house prices continued to fall. With homeow... read more

London’s housing market facing ‘uncharted waters’ as remortgaging levels reach nine-year high

Remortgaging activity in London surged to a nine-year high in the second quarter of this year, as buyer activity and house prices continued to fall. With homeow... read more