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Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem 2019 housing manifestos explained

"The main parties have published their manifestos setting out their priorities should they end up in power. As usual, housing is a particularly hot topic. Take a look at what’s being promised before we head for the polls."

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Would you pay £5k for a park view or a whopping £60k to be near a Sainsbury’s Local?

"Looking for a home in a big town or city and fancy a tranquil view? New research has revealed just how much it will cost you. But it’s not only green spaces and water that come with a price premium."

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Is your home worthless because of cladding? And what to do if it is

"Thousands of people who own flats in tower blocks have found themselves unable to remortgage or sell their homes following the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017."

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Looking for a home ownership scheme? Try our new tool to find one that suits you best

"Many people are unaware of home ownership schemes, so we’ve created a tool to help you decide which one’s best for you."

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How to read a key facts illustration

"When a lender or mortgage adviser recommends a mortgage, they must give you a key facts illustration (KFI) document. As the name suggests, this document gives you the “key facts” about a mortgage deal."

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What’s fuelling the Bank of Granny and Grandad?

"Nearly a third of homeowners aged between 18 and 34 were given financial help by their grandparents to buy a property, our research found."

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Prices of new-builds have risen 5% more than other homes in the last five years

"If you fancy buying a newly built home, you might have to dig a little deeper. The typical price of new-build homes is rising at a faster rate than the rest of the market."

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5 ways to resolve an endowment mortgage shortfall

"If you have an endowment mortgage shortfall, you need to take action. If you don’t, you’ll still owe the lender the amount you originally borrowed when you come to the end of your mortgage term."

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Where UK house prices have risen by 171% and dropped by 1% since 2005

"We analysed the average UK house prices of 380 local authorities from January 2005 to July 2019 using data provided by HM Land Registry. Kensington and Chelsea, along with Shetland, have experienced the highest house price growth."

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Mortgage prisoners could now move to better deals

"Under new rules, announced by the Financial Conduct Authority, lenders will be able to use more lenient affordability tests for borrowers who are currently trapped on expensive rates and want to move to a new deal."

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