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02 Apr

Factsheet: Mortgages

A mortgage is a loan from a bank or building society that, because it is so large, is secured against the property you are using it to buy. This means that if you default on your monthly repayments the lender can take...

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02 Apr

Money factsheets: How to organise your finances

‘How to’ guides for a wide variety of personal finance issues including: claiming benefits, taking out a loan, interest rates, buying a house, insurance, pensions, savings and taxState pensionsTax credits Continue reading…

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02 Apr

Factsheet: Buying a home

You can navigate your way through what can be a long and complex process by following these stepsBuying a home can be a long and complex process, but typically it involves going through these steps: Continue reading…

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02 Apr

Let’s move to Cromer, Norfolk: a very 1902 kind of place

The crab, the pier, the fishermen’s cottages… but it’s a long way from anywhere but NorfolkWhat’s going for it? Cromer is a very 1902 kind of place. One half expects to see a non-ironic mutton-chop or a waxed moustache in the queue...

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02 Apr

How can my brothers split the proceeds of a house sale fairly?

Two of them put in £75,000 each and the other £3,000, but they don’t have a deed of trustQ Three of my brothers owned a house together, which they recently sold. Two of the brothers put £75,000 each into the house and...

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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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