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More turn to the 'Bank of Mum and Dad'

The latest research shows that the so-called 'bank of Mum and Dad' has doubled its average lending to a lucky number of grown children to help them escape the rental trap. The surprising figures suggest that parent-to-child mortgage loans have rocketed in the past five years, from a total of 8 billion to over 18 billion.  There is also a...

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Decorating for Sales Success

When you're preparing your house for sale, you'll come across a great deal of advice about presentation and visual impact. And certainly it's vital that you present the property to its best advantage, designed to appeal to your potential audience. However, conventional advice has generally translated into interiors being painted purely white and stripped of features and this doesn't always...

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Housing Zombie Nation

When it comes to the housing market, some market commentators are starting to use the word 'zombies' to describe an underlying problem in the economy. But what does this mean exactly? Essentially, it refers to the historically low interest rates which are effectively supporting a number of individuals who would probably not be able to make their mortgage repayments if...

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Low Rental Growth Anticipated in 2013

The rate of increase in British rents looks set to slow in 2013, as landlords invest heavily in their portfolios. Research shows that around 12pc of the original 'accidental' landlords are now planning to buy an additional property this year for investment purposes. The trend appears to be boosted by the fortunes of these landlords, who have found that renting...

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London House Price Inflation Continues to Grow

High house prices in the capital and South East of England are bumping up the national average cost of British properties by almost 46,000GBP, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The results highlight just how much of a gulf now exists between property values across the UK and how elevated London properties have become...

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Self-Employed People Grapple with Tough Mortgage Rules

Self-employed individuals hoping to get their foot on the property ladder are finding lending denied to them due to the toughest mortgage conditions in a generation. Banks are tightening their lending criteria to the extent that many self-employed people are struggling to get any kind of mortgage. And yet the number of people working for themselves is now at a...

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