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How to get a better deal on your mortgage

March 30, 2016

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  All mortgages are not created equal and getting a great deal with a favourable interest rate can save you a lot of money over the life of the loan. There are many different mortgages to choose from, so how can you be certain that you are getting the best rate available? Here are some [...]

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Part exchange: the key to a new home

January 26, 2016

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  With the hard times we are going through right now it looks like part exchange is the best option for those interested in buying a new-build home. Part exchange is a type of contract that allows you to trade in your home as part of the payment for your new home, avoiding the stress, [...]

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Top 10 energy saving tips to keep warm and save cash this winter

October 17, 2015

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With that rather enjoyable Indian Summer coming to an end and colder weather fronts gathering strength just off our western shores, it’s about time you started thinking about how you are going to keep warm this winter, whilst not breaking the bank in the process.  Here are the Money Lion’s top 10 energy saving tips on keeping [...]

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No chance of getting a step in the door for first time buyers

November 1, 2013

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No chance of getting a step in the door for first time buyers

Research from the Home Builders Federation has suggested that first time buyers would have to save every single penny that they earned for two years in order to have enough money for a deposit to buy a house. Even if first time buyers hold out for 5 years it will still take 45% of their [...]

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Zoopla.co.uk builds on Thinkproperty.com

July 15, 2012

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Zoopla.co.uk builds on Thinkproperty.com

Zoopla has bought Thinkproperty.com from the Guardian Media Group. In a sign of the teams you could read about this consolidation in the UK property portal market in the Zoopla blog.

Zoopla don’t just get a great brand. They’ve managed to secure themselves as the exclusive search partner for the Guardian.co.uk.

We agree with the wise words of Property Owl who hoot that there are still too many portals and that Zoopla now face the challenge of the integration. In particular Property Owl’s suggestion that an industry wide standard on property feeds would is an interesting idea and worth looking at.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a fully equiped 3 bedroom des res

June 17, 2012

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a fully equiped 3 bedroom des res

Despite all the claims from the Government and reports from banks that the housing situation is getting better in the UK, it seems that this opinion is not shared by everyone. Either that or the relentless increase over past years in house prices, as rises continuously kept pace with or outstripped the comparatively meagre rises [...]

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Increased regulation to be introduced to protect cave house renter

May 5, 2012

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Increased regulation to be introduced to protect cave house renter

Hoorah! for the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). Following swiftly on from an announcement by the National Landlords Association, that UK housing tenants are more in debt than at any time since the late 1980s, and with the global financial crisis still making lenders cautious about taking on first-time buyers without requiring a big [...]

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New Year, same housing situation?

January 10, 2011

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The Halifax has announced that according to their figures, house prices were rising at an annual rate of just 5.2% in December, half the rate seen just three months earlier, the first time there had been an increase in the past four months.David Kuo, head of personal finance at Fool.co.uk, said: “The long-overdue correction in [...]

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The perils of the property ladder: has anyone noticed the silence?

July 26, 2008

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There was a time when every conversation was focussed on property and every other TV programme was about property makeovers. Everybody wanted to get into property and those already on the ladder seemed fixated on becoming wealthy overnight. Remember those media-nominated millionaires who bought property for thousands and sold it for a million? How excited [...]

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Choosing a different kind of security

July 5, 2008

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I liked the heading in the Sunday Herald last Sunday (3rd July 2008) … “Sharp fall in first-time buyers casts a long shadow over housing market” Oh I hope so. 1) I am fed up with my friends becoming anxious about getting on to property ladder, especially when they have to give up their social [...]

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