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Help to Buy lifts high loan-to-mortgage loans

More evidence has emerged of the dramatic effect that Help to Buy is having on the UK mortgage market.

Halifax predicts that house prices are set to rise across 2014 at a similar pace to last year

House prices rose 7.5% in 2013 but faltered in December, reports Halifax

Building Society forecasts an increase of between 4-8 per cent across the UK over 2014

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