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Stamp duty on UK property

Stamp duty has been unexpectedly overhauled, and once again Chancellor George Osborne has made an element of the tax system a bit better. (I know! I’m as surprised as anyone.)

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A landlord is somebody who gets deeply in debt to give you to have a roof over your head. Time for a Christmas card, after all? Sort of…

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New home owners shouldn’t get too smug about leaving their renting days behind. They’re effectively renting money from the bank!

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Why I’m not paying off my mortgage

With low interest rates and a recovering economy it’s more tempting than ever to invest rather than pay off the mortgage. Is it worth the risk?

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How it feels to be mortgage-free

Why paying off your mortgage may be the best decision you ever made.

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Some people spend 25 years working to pay off a mortgage then claim their house is neither an asset or an investment. Huh? No wonder we have boiler room scams.

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High inflation is hear to stay, but the good news is mortgages are cheap. Carefully taking on debt is looking like a no brainer.

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You know lots of people with houses worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, but probably a lot fewer with six-figure share portfolios. Why?

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House prices versus earnings

Like an Empty Nester cocooned in equity in a four-bed detached house overlooking the Green Belt who frets about what his daughter will do to afford a £200,000 bedsit in Brixton, I’ve got a split mind when it comes to UK residential property. UK houses still feel expensive, not least by the traditional measure of [...]

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Historical UK house prices

A good way to get depressed is to never buy your own home and then to take a peek at a graph of house price appreciation. Let’s see what we could have won!

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Are UK house prices too high?

Are UK house prices going to stay elevated compared to their old incomes or rent measures, and why does it matter?

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The new FirstBuy scheme will help first-time buyers get on the housing market, by giving them access to a new £250 million fund.

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House price predictions 2011

The house price predictions for 2011 are mainly for modest 1-2% falls, although a couple of bears expect double digit declines. Nobody expects prices to rocket.

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In this guest post, Rick Todd of Expat Investing considers whether buying a property overseas is a good decision, or just a complication on the otherwise blue horizons.

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Stamp duty for first-time buyers was scrapped in the budget, provided they contain themselves to spending less than £250,000. Easy, unless you live near London.

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First time buyers will pay no stamp duty on houses up to £250,000, but spending £1 million costs more

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