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Halifax: home loans 'affordable'

Large deposits may be hindering house buyers, but for those on the property ladder, mortgages are at their most affordable for 14 years, the lender Halifax said yesterday.

Bank overdraft charges are 'too complex'

If you go into the red, it’s almost impossible to work out how much it will cost you. Consumer group Which? put that to the test and asked volunteers – including a maths PHD student – to calculate the charges of an unauthorised overdraft for four different banks.

UK's average house price falls by 1.3% in 2011

The UK's average house price fell by 1.3% in 2011 after a monthly decline of 0.9% between November and December, lender Halifax said today.

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Housing market 'not set for slump'

The "highly resilient" housing market will not suffer a slump in 2012 as many fear, but will instead remain subdued and stable, according to a forecast released by Halifax today.

Housing market 'remains stable'

The average house price was only marginally lower last month than at the start of the year as the market remained remarkably stable throughout 2011, lender Halifax said today.

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Surprise rise in property prices in October

House prices rose by 1.2 per cent last month, according to the mortgage lender Halifax. The performance means the average property price of £163,311 is marginally higher than at the end of last year.

Wealth Check: 'How do I build up my savings after buying a house?'

An IT worker emptied his account last year when he bought his first property. Now he wants to know how best to put away more money now and for the future

David Prosser: Housing is affordable – once you've bought it

Outlook On yesterday's warning from the National Housing Federation that home ownership rates are going to fall back to the levels of the 1980s, it is worth pointing out again that the affordability of housing has not been so good for many years.

Money Insider: Credit card battle fought on two fronts

Retail spending has become subdued in the current tough economic climate, but that hasn't stopped credit card companies from falling over each other as they try to persuade us to sign up for their new offerings.

House prices stabilise

Further signs of a steadying in the UK house market have emerged after figures from the Halifax showed prices rose by 0.3% in July.

Je t'aime, La 2CV

Owners of the much-derided vehicle have held the biggest car rally in French history. John Lichfield went along for the ride

Wakefield get shock Super League reprieve

Crusaders' late withdrawal stuns the Welsh club's squad and hands an unexpected lifeline to delighted Wildcats

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