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Will Interest-Only Mortgages Become the Next Bank 'Mis-selling' Scandal?

The new CEO of Barclays Bank, Antony Jenkins, has voiced his fears that interest-only mortgages may become the next high-profile 'mis-selling' bank scandal. If so, it could engulf banks in customer queries and complaints and potentially cost several billions of pounds in compensation. The bank is investing heavily in customer communications as their existing book of interest-only loans reaches maturity,...

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Good and Bad News for London Buyers

A recent survey by the Institute of Chartered Surveyors showed that house prices may rise by up to 2pc in 2013, which may indicate that the housing market has finally started to bottom out. However, the report also pointed to a growing divide between the London housing market and the rest of the UK. London properties are attracting a lot...

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Interior Design Trends 2013

Whether you're a home buyer or a seller, it's always worth knowing what interior design trends are on the horizon for the year ahead. And it's an exciting time of year too, as the latest collections are unveiled and provide plenty of inspiration and ideas to revive a tired decor or freshen up a home in preparation for a sale....

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New Builds or Period Properties?

A recent report has suggested that period properties can experience four times as much growth in value as new builds. But what are the factors that should influence your decision when buying? Money aside, fashion is a factor and new buildings can age quickly as architectural trends move on. However, period properties tend to remain strongly in demand and always...

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How to Have a Stress-Free Moving Day

Moving house is a notoriously stressful experience. Choosing the right removals firm is crucial, but there are other ways you can make moving day as easy as possible. Check you are insured Your home contents insurance may not cover you during moving days, so ask the removals firm if they offer insurance at an affordable cost. Usually this is costed...

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Tips for First-Time Buyers: House Viewings

So you've got your mortgage in principle, know how much you can borrow and are ready to start looking around at properties. Congratulations! This is an exciting time. It can also become stressful, however, so it's important to have an organised approach. Firstly, use websites and estate agents' windows to start to identify properties for sale within your target area....

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