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Our expert views and commentary on what’s happening in the world of mortgages and sometimes beyond, along with our regular summary of what the papers say.

How to work out mortgage repayments - and why you should before buying your first home

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen buyers make over the years is not working out how much their mortgage repayments will be before they go looking at properties.One of the most common things that a lot of first time buyers do is fall head-over-heels in love with a property without considering all the factors involved; like interest rates, charges, legal fees or their monthly outgoings.Buying a house is probably going to be the biggest purchase...

10 Point Checklist for First Time Buyers in 2014

There have been so many changes to the property market within the last few years, that for first time buyers coming into the market right now, it’s like a whirlwind. Knowing the right places to look; the appropriate checks to ensure you do; and the changes in mortgage rates and house prices; it’s almost like you need a degree to understand everything involved in the process of buying a house.So here’s a quick guide to the most important things yo...

What the papers say - 3rd and 4th January 2009

The weekend money pages were full of New Year good intentions, with a range of credit-crunch diets, debt detox plans and financial resolutions to absorb.  In its ‘new year, new start’ feature, the Guardian urged readers to give themselves a money makeover by ensuring they have the best possible savings and mortgage deals, setting a budget and paying off debts. The Times also had a step-by-step guide offering readers some financial first aid. The...

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