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The 31-year-old admitted two counts of mortgage fraud

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

People outside an estate agent's window in London

First-time buyer numbers up nearly a quarter

Latest figures suggest the largest annual increase since 2001

Buyers at auction are often in the market for a wide selection of cheaper, quirkier properties than the average estate agents

Majority of people think it's a good time to sell their home

However, one in eleven facing rent or mortgage trouble in January

MBNA opens the door to a credit card price war

MBNA has fired the first shot in what is predicted to be a major credit card price war in 2014.

Money Insider: The economic roller coaster looks set to continue into 2014

Many are concerned the Help to Buy scheme is storing up trouble

Don’t put your boiler on the back-burner: check that you’re fully covered in the event of your central heating breaking down

Savvy Money: Going away? Make sure your home cover is leak-proof

Burst pipes or broken boilers are bad enough so don't let your insurance leave you high and dry

On the warpath: Whistleblower Paul Moore on Lloyds Banking Group’s 'pathetic' £28m fine

As Lloyds is hit with a fine for mis-selling, whistleblower Paul Moore speaks out

A third of first-time buyers don’t understand Help to Buy scheme

Confusion about the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme  is still widespread, two months after its launch, says a new report

House prices rising at fastest pace in six years, says Halifax

Prices rose by 1.1 per cent month on month to reach £174,910 on average

Banks are brought to account by switchers as growing number of people expect to be rewarded by their bank

There has been a rise in people moving their savings since an easier transfer system was launched

Five questions on: The wrong bank

The wrong bank? Is this the new Wallace and Gromit movie?

The great gamble of locking up your cash

A new 10-year bond is paying a glittering 4 per cent, but can that rate justify such a long commitment by savers, asks Chiara Cavaglieri

After Co-op, the building society bosses with no bank experience

The Co-operative began a root and branch review of its “democratic structure” last night in the wake of the mounting scandal over the drug-taking of the former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers.

Money Insider: Don't delay... make the switch and cash in with a new bank account

While we transfer our credit card balance without a second thought and shop around for a new mortgage deal each time our fixed rate expires, switching our bank account still seems to be seen as too much hassle.

The Government may overturn the banning of transfers from a child trust fund into a junior ISA

How to get a nicer ISA to boost your children's savings

Tax-free accounts for youngsters can provide wildly differing returns, so find a good deal

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