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02 Apr

Let’s move to Stirling: Edinburgh in miniature, with fewer stag parties

Once a stronghold of Scotland’s royalty, this historic town is a mighty fine place to liveWhat’s going for it? There’s no getting around Stirling. Well, OK, pedants, these days you can take the M9 or the Kincardine Bridge, or wiggle your way...

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02 Apr

We're a couple aged 76 – can we get help to buy a house?

We’re planning to return to the UK from Australia and wonder whether we can get a mortgageQ We are a couple both aged 76 who are currently living in Australia. However, we would like to return to the UK to be with...

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02 Apr

Homes with a mishmash of styles – in pictures

There’s a blend of different styles and periods at these quirky properties, from Kent to Yorkshire Continue reading…

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02 Apr

Let’s move to Brentford, west London: its finer moments are the grungier ones

It’s as if some deranged, power-filled local politician had spliced Putney with the lower reaches of PudongWhat’s going for it? Walking along the Thames, from Kew to Twickenham, you’d be momentarily excused for wondering where you were. Brentford is an odd place,...

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02 Apr

Should we remortgage our home to build an extension?

A neighbour sold a property like ours – without an extension – for 10% more than we paidQ We have been living in our five-bedroom home for the last four years. I don’t imagine we’ll move for at least another six years...

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02 Apr

Homes in areas of outstanding natural beauty – in pictures

Soak up the scenic views at these country properties, from Somerset to Cumbria Continue reading…

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02 Apr

How should I fund my help-to-buy home purchase?

I’m wondering if I should try to borrow more in a mortgage and get a smaller government loanQ I am currently in a process of securing a mortgage and help-to-buy equity loan on a new build with a purchase price of £420,000....

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02 Apr

Homes for sale in castles – in pictures

Treat yourself like a king with these five properties, from Buckinghamshire to Scotland Continue reading…

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02 Apr

Let’s move to Winchester: where all is right with the world

The streets are lined with the homes of your dreams… just don’t expect anything edgyWhat’s going for it? I sense that Winchester has never fallen on particularly hard times – perhaps when the Romans left? These days, though, the town, lush and...

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02 Apr

I need to sell my father’s cottage – what tax do I pay?

I’m the sole beneficiary under his will and I’m not sure if I need to to register it as my second homeQ I recently inherited my father’s cottage as sole beneficiary under his will; probate was completed on 7 February 2019. Reluctantly,...

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