The buying process

If you are a first-time buyer and have never bought a property before you may want to know what to expect.

Click here for a 10-step guide to the buying process, from having your offer on a house accepted to moving in.

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Homeowners feel force of tougher mortgage rules

Homeowners are starting to feel the effects of tougher lending rules put in place to protect borrowers from taking on large debts which may become unaffordable in the future.

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Quarter of working young people forced to live with parents

More than a quarter of working 20- to 34-year-olds still live with their parents, with many unable to afford to buy or rent a place of their own.

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Mortgage approvals fall to nine month low - Bank of England

Mortgage approvals for house purchases fell for the third consecutive month in April to the their lowest level since July last year, Bank of England lending figures have revealed.

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House prices continue march upwards

House prices continued to march upwards in most regions of England and Wales during April, the latest figures from the Land Registry have shown.

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Northern Ireland leads house purchase lending growth

Gross lending in Northern Ireland for house purchases increased by 41% to £240m in quarter one year-on-year, statistics from the Council of Mortgage Lenders has shown.

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Stamp Duty drives mammoth increase in tax revenues

An exceptional rise in stamp duty land tax receipts and rising employment delivered the government a tax take of £21bn in the last 12 months.

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Land Registry transaction figures fall across England and Wales

The number of Land Registry applications for property transactions in England and Wales fell in every single region in April, according to the latest official figures.

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BLOG: Why Lloyds' lending cap won't cool London house prices

Lloyds says its new mortgage lending limits will counteract rising house prices in the capital. Mortgage adviser Andrew Montlake disagrees...

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Lloyds caps mortgage lending to combat raging London market

Lloyds Banking Group is to limit lending to four times income for mortgages over £500,000 in a bid to combat the capital's swiftly rising property price inflation.

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Mortgage lending rises to £16.6bn in April

The prospect of the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) did little to slow down mortgage lending in April with £16.6bn completed across the month.

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Bank of England in no rush to raise rates

The Bank of England says an interest rate rise is still some way off, despite acknowledging the strength of the economic recovery.

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Online mortgage applications set to double

Online mortgage applications are expected to soar as consumers choose to deal with their finances over the internet, a report suggests.

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'Dangerous to ignore' housing bubble risk, says Bank of England

The Bank of England has issued a warning about the dangers of a bubble emerging in the property market.

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Stamp duty costs hindering three-in-four homebuyers

Wannabe homebuyers trying to scramble on to the property ladder are struggling to save enough money to cover both the deposit and stamp duty costs, according to new research.

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House prices soar in towns with falling unemployment

Homeowners in areas with the largest drop in unemployment have seen their property value rise by almost £136,000 over a decade, research by Lloyds Bank has shown.

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