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Halifax reveals NewBuy mortgage rates
Halifax has become the latest lender to offer deals for homebuyers with a 5% deposit as part of the government's mortgage indemnity scheme
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French mortgages get cheaper
Britons looking to buy a French holiday home can secure cheaper mortgages today than they could last year
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Smaller deposits attract higher rates
Homebuyers are being advised to think carefully about how much deposit they put down, as several lenders are making their rates less attractive for people requiring a high loan-to-value ratio
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Landlord tax relief under threat
The government's proposed cap could be extended to property expenses
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Top tips on how to add value to property
Homeowners are choosing to make improvements to their properties rather than move
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Few consumers switch energy suppliers
Average household energy bills now total 1,252 a year, with costs rising by 21% between 2010 and 2011
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Banks offer cheaper mortgages direct
Two big high street lenders offer cheaper rates on some mortgages deals through branches rather than brokers
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Landlords face tougher penalties
Landlords will face tougher penalties if they fail to protect a tenant's deposit in a government-approved scheme under new legislation
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FSA urged to act over 'mortgage prisoners'
A panel that advises on consumer issues has called for a strengthening of proposals to help struggling borrowers
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Buyers angry at HSBC mortgage delays
Homebuyers, estate agents and solicitors have said that bank's insistence on using just 43 legal firms has caused delays to purchases
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From The Financial Times

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