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Buy-to-let purchases increase ahead of stamp duty changes

An increase in buy-to-let purchases ahead of the stamp duty changes from 1 April 2016 is raising prices.

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London Help to Buy scheme launches

The new Help to Buy scheme for London has launched, allowing residents to buy a new home with a 5% deposit and a mortgage as low as 55%.

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Buy-to-let continues to rise

Buy-to-let lending decreased towards the end of last year, but overall was substantially higher than the previous year, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

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Two thirds of homebuyers pay below the asking price

The majority of homebuyers in the UK are more prepared to negotiate on the price of prospective property, according to research by Which? Mortgage Advisers.

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Care costs vary across country

The cost of care varies across the country a freedom of information request submitted by Which? has revealed.

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Cost of children's school equipment rises

Parents will spend an average of £164 on purchases for children starting the new school year, research has found.

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Consumers look to new payment technologies

Almost 4 in 10 current account holders think the rise of technology will eliminate the need to use cash in 10 years' time, research by Lloyds Bank suggests.

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A third of pensioners in debt

Almost a third of retirees were still in debt at the time they stopped work, research by Old Mutual Wealth shows.

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Protection insurers in record daily payout

Insurers helped a record number of families in 2014 with more than 350 payouts being made every day, according to figures published by the Association of British Insurers.

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Banks not meeting needs of younger customers

More than two thirds of people aged 18-34 think their bank fails to cater for the financial challenges younger people face, research by uSwitch has found.

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