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Five Questions About: Mortgage price war

Are home loans getting cheaper?

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The worrying boom in house prices has cooled since the summer, boosting hopes that the market will soon return to stable growth, according to Britain’s second biggest mortgage lender.

Pension mortgages: 'The advice I was given was wrong and now I face losing my home'

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Autumn Statement: Cut in stamp duty 'will affect 98% of homebuyers'

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I asked last week for experiences of pension mortgages and many of you wrote in. The stories are instructive in helping me to build up a picture – one that is already looking quite alarming.

Barclays joins mortgage wars with two-year tracker at 0.79 per cent above base rate

This week Barclays became the latest bank to join a mortgage battle in which the cost of borrowing among a range of lenders has kept tumbling recently. On Thursday the bank cut rates on a number of deals, the highlight being a two-year tracker at 0.79 per cent above base rate.

Anyone over the age of 40 seeking a loan with a standard term of 25 years will be borrowing beyond a normal retirement age of 65, and is liable to find their options restricted

Why people in the 30s and 40s can’t get a mortgage anymore

Post-crisis, older borrowers are beginning to struggle

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Recovery hopes grow, as mortgage rates fall to lowest level on record

Market turmoil last month was behind the fall in mortgage costs

Amsterdam is attracting British buyers

Young Britons buying foreign homes as way of getting on to property ladder

Data from ONS shows that two million people between the ages of 25 and 44 left the UK in the decade to 2012

Ban home loan fees, whatever they're called

Lenders admit they charge excessive fees so they can lower the headline rate

Five questions on: Nationwide's 10-year fixed-rate mortgage

What's the deal?

Only six per cent of the 13,000 new homes bought during Help to Buy’s first nine months were in London

Money Insider: Help to Buy must be boosted by building

With little or no wage growth being seen in the UK, increasing house-price inflation could see the number of first-time buyers slide further, unless there’s a new accelerated house building programme

Money Insider: Make big savings with an offset mortgage

An offset mortgage is a smart and tax-efficient way to cut your mortgage costs, yet surprisingly only around ten per cent of borrowers are currently taking advantage of this type of home loan.

Five Questions On: Help To Buy

This is the government scheme to help first-time buyers, isn’t it?

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