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Where have all the 'for sale' signs gone?..

Fewer homes have been on the market in 2018 than in any year of the past decade, the UK’s biggest mortgage lender has said. The Halifax said house-hunters have been left with relatively little choice, which means that prices have still risen as a result. House prices rose by 2.5% in the year to the end […]

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Why it's a good idea to make your move before 2019..

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No tax rises on petrol, says Theresa May..

Fuel duty is to be frozen for the ninth year in a row, the prime minister is to announce – saying the government is “on the side of “hard-working families”. Mrs May will tell the Conservative conference: “They are the people for whom this party must deliver.” A car is a necessity “not a luxury” […]

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Ryder Cup 2018: Europe thrash US 17½-10½ to regain Ryder Cup..

Europe thrashed the United States 17½-10½ to regain the Ryder Cup – prompting wild celebrations, tears, and one player dressing as a pillar box at Le Golf National in France. Open champion Francesco Molinari beat Phil Mickelson to get Europe to the 14½-point winning mark, simultaneously becoming the first European to win five points in […]

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New tax on foreign home buyers to help rough sleepers, PM says..

Foreign property buyers will face an extra tax with the money raised being spent on tackling rough sleeping, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. She said foreign buyers could face a surcharge of 1% or 3% on top of stamp duty to stop them driving up UK prices. Rough sleeping has been rising for the […]

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How boosting your home's EPC rating..

How boosting your home’s EPC rating could add to its value. So you want to sell your property? You go through all the usual steps in order to make it an attractive purchase, repairing things, a new coat of paint etc, trying to boost your kerb appeal. These are all great ideas to add extra […]

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Scammers steal half-a-billion pounds from UK banking customers..

More than £500m was stolen from customers of British banks in the first half of 2018, figures have shown. Industry group UK Finance said £145m of that was due to authorised push payment (APP) scams, in which people are conned into sending money to another account. But £358m was lost to unauthorised fraud, which includes […]

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Household debt: How much do we owe?..

Up to 8.3 million people in the UK are unable to pay off debts or household bills, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO). It says that HM Treasury needs to do more to understand the scale of problem debt, and how it impacts people’s lives. So what are consumers’ options when it […]

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House prices rise fastest in North West..

House prices in the North West rose the fastest in the UK compared with a year ago, according to official figures. Annual growth in property values in the region stood at 5.6% by July, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The biggest fall was in London, where prices dropped by 0.7% year-on-year. However, the […]

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UK inflation hits six-month high of 2.7%..

The UK inflation rate unexpectedly rose in August to 2.7%, the highest level in six months. Economists had expected a Consumer Prices Index rate of 2.4%. The pound rose after the data was released by the Office for National Statistics. Wages are still rising more than inflation, with data last week showing wages, excluding bonuses, grew […]