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

House prices up nearly 2%

New figures represent biggest increase since September 2010

Money Insider: Pack the right plastic for your Easter break

With many consumers gearing up for the Easter break, it's a good time for a reminder of the charges you can incur when using your debit and credit cards abroad.

Buying a home is £1,440 cheaper a year than renting one

New figures suggest that buying a house is more affordable than renting in all UK regions

Average house price in England and Wales now £227,478

Proportion of households who own their home has dropped to its lowest level in 25 years

The Business Matrix: Thursday 7 February 2013

Halifax points to homebuying lift

Halifax points to homebuying lift

Would-be homebuyers are being persuaded back to the market despite a sluggish start to the new year, lender Halifax said.

Market activity has improved with sales in 2012 at their highest for five years, says Halifax

House prices up nearly 2%

New figures suggest the biggest rise since January 2010

Money Insider: Get a current account you can bank on

If you think all bank accounts are the same then you're not alone. In fact two-thirds of people in a recent Moneynet survey believe accounts ARE all the same. But I don't.

Union brands Lloyds a 'disgrace' as another 940 staff face the axe

Part-nationalised Lloyds Banking Group was labelled a "complete disgrace" as it announced plans to cut almost 1000 jobs.

What's new in the mortgage market for 2013

A roundup of the latest new products and rates launched since the start of the year

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 9 January 2013

Samsung rings up more huge profits

Halifax raises hopes of a healthier housing market

Some optimism is returning to the UK's housing market according to a new survey showing that a rising number of Britons expect house prices to climb rather than fall over 2013.

Julian Knight: We cannot keep soaking up the threat of flooding

Whether caused by climate change or home building, the tide will not be turned by insurers

Home prices to stay flat, says the Halifax

Property prices will remain flat across the UK next year as pressure builds on household finances, it emerged yesterday.

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