16 Sep

How can we remortgage when my husband is aged 62?

We can’t find an affordable deal from a bank due to his age, despite having a lot of equityQ My husband and I are stuck in a bit of a Catch-22. Since 2004 we’ve had an interest-only mortgage of £153,000. Our house...

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16 Sep

Brexit uncertainty triggers first September fall in house prices since 2010

Rightmove says average price down by £730 as sellers wait to see how Brexit plays outHouse prices have fallen in September for the first time since 2010 as Brexit uncertainty continues to cast a long shadow over the UK housing market, according...

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13 Sep

Let’s move to Lancaster, Lancashire: it's grander than you might think

A slightly forgotten city of excellent pubs, doughty inhabitants and beautiful buildingsWhat’s going for it? Grander than you might think, Lancaster, if you think about it at all. Only intrepid tour coaches make it this far, leaving this slightly forgotten city of...

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13 Sep

Network Rail failed railway arch tenants in £1.5bn sale, say MPs

Taxpayers could face costs if space has to be repurchased for engineering works – reportNetwork Rail failed to act in the interests of tenants and taxpayers when it sold off £1.5bn of railway arches, sacrificing an important asset for short-term gain, according...

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11 Sep

Tenants complain over housing association’s ‘abysmal’ service

Inhabitants of L&Q estate say they face leaking roofs, poor plumbing and unreliable maintenanceI have part ownership of a flat at an L&Q development, Harrington Court in north London. Since moving in two years ago with my young family, we have experienced...

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10 Sep

Push review – a whirlwind tour of rocketing rents and personal tragedy

This powerful documentary, about a UN investigator travelling the planet to get to the bottom of the global housing crisis, lays bare a $217 trillion scandal‘I don’t believe that capitalism itself is hugely problematic,” says Leilani Farha, as she marches along a...

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10 Sep

Grand Designs presenter faces crisis over bond investment

Bondholders left carrying losses after attempts to restructure Kevin McCloud investmentA fresh crisis looms for the Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud after attempts to restructure property bond investments in his housing empire failed.Hundreds of investors – who were told last month they...

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09 Sep

I'm in a five-year mortgage deal – what if I decide to move?

I’m unsure what the process would be with remortgaging if we’re in a fixed-rate termQ I am hoping you can offer some advice regarding my situation. I am currently four years into a five-year fixed-rate mortgage with an interest rate of 3.5%...

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06 Sep

Let’s move to Ormeau, Belfast: catch it before the gentrifiers do

Ormeau is extraordinary for its ordinariness, and well located for Belfast’s big drawsWhat’s going for it? You can tell Ormeau Road has changed when a “locally sourced” ramen restaurant opens, selling handmade noodles and a Belfast-by-way-of-Hokkaido flavour fusion. Delicious. Love a ramen,...

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06 Sep

Property market resilient despite Brexit uncertainty, says Halifax

Average house prices rise for second month in row but recent political upheaval may dent optimismHouse prices edged ahead in August according to Halifax, with the property market showing a “degree of resilience” despite intense political uncertainty.Halifax said average prices rose by...

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