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‘We own our house mortgage free after moving from Bromley to Norfolk’

How one couple managed to clear their mortgage shortfall with one home move

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‘I spent 4 years couch-surfing and house-sitting to save for a flat’

Four frugal years of house-sitting and sofa-surfing enabled this savvy dancer to save up for her first flat

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Whole Victorian house in Zone 1 priced less than average London home

Part of a former school, the Zone 1 cottage has a front garden and is being sold with the freehold.

Renting

London rents cheaper than monthly cost of a mortgage using 10% deposit

The monthly cost of owning a home, if you’ve bought using a 10 per cent deposit, currently exceeds the cost of renting a comparable property in the capital for the first time since June 2017.

Property News

11 London neighbourhoods where house prices are below the last peak

Returning to the capital? Now’s the time to take advantage of pandemic price reductions.

Property News

Everything you need to know about buying a home in London this year

The race for more space is on. Here’s how to make the most of London’s property market right now.

Buying & Mortgages

The pros and cons of 95% mortgages and other low-deposit options

With property prices up, a 95% mortgage sounds great... right? Ruth Bloomfield does the maths.

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The new loans putting home ownership in reach for more first-timers

From low-deposit mortgages to help from family and friends, here are the new loans for first-time buyers

Buying & Mortgages

What we know about Government-backed 95% mortgages starting today

The Chancellor’s new low-deposit mortgage guarantee scheme is available to lenders from today. Here’s how it works.

Where to live

The 10 cheapest postcodes in Zones 1 and 2 to buy a starter flat

Exclusive research has revealed the districts where buyers on a budget can expect to pay least for a home.

Buying & Mortgages

First-time buyers scoring post-lockdown deals on central London flats

There are deals to be found for those willing to make a bet on urban living returning

Buying & Mortgages

Meet the PR guru who left Clerkenwell to live on a boat in Costa Rica

Emma Whitehair found she ‘wanted to be in nature’ during the pandemic – so she swapped London for Costa Rica.

Buying & Mortgages

5 coastal towns luring London buyers who plan to commute post-pandemic

Sea, sand and sun-kissed beaches, Ruth Bloomfield finds out why London buyers are flocking south

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‘Stopped in our tracks’: Grenfell cladding crisis hits Olympic Village

A couple living in the former Olympic Village were ready to sell – then they found out their home had the same cladding as Grenfell Tower

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Why one couple left Herne Hill to rewild a Staffordshire dairy farm

Sam and Thom began lockdown living separately in London – now they’re preparing to relocate to a 55-acre, Grade II-listed farmhouse near the Peak District

Buying & Mortgages

Inside the London riverside homes that can only be bought by artists

Buyers need more than a mortgage to live in Jenny Price’s river home. Ailis Brennan visits the painter’s waterside enclave

Buying & Mortgages

Five up-and-coming areas where the average 5% deposit is under £20k

From areas welcoming Hollywood-funded film studios to the Crossrail-ready towns set to soar in value

Buying & Mortgages

The five best money saving apps to help you save for a house

Help yourself save for a deposit with these five money apps

Property News

Stamp duty holiday extension to trigger ‘spring stampede’, say agents

The tax break is expected to be extended until June in today’s Budget announcement

Buying & Mortgages

How to get a mortgage: what first-time buyers need to do to prepare

Wondering where to start? Here’s what you need to do to ready yourself for that mortgage application

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Do you live in one of London’s top-selling postcodes?

Buyer demand is still high but some sellers are holding off until spring, sending these local London markets soaring

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From Kensington to Peckham — where you can buy with deposits from £5k

This spring a series of new developments in some of London’s best-located urban villages from Maida Vale to Wimbledon will launch for first-time buyers with small deposits

Buying & Mortgages

Spectacular converted water tower for sale for price of a London flat

The three-bedroom conversion costs almost £10k less than the average London home

Buying & Mortgages

How does the new Help to Buy 2021 work and what are the pros and cons?

Applications open today for the new iteration of Help to Buy. Here's how it works and how to tell if it's the best option for you

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What to do if lenders say your dream home isn't worth what you offered

The values of more than half of London homes were cut in the past six months. If it happens to you, don’t panic.

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3 shared ownership London launches with flats from £70k for a share

Get on the London property ladder with a 25 per cent share of a one-bedroom flat from £70,000.

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Financial support extended for homeowners affected by coronavirus

The previous support appears to have stopped hundreds of evictions and repossessions. 

Buying & Mortgages

Where to look for new shared-ownership flats if you have a 5% deposit

New schemes on offer this autumn include homes with concierge service and landscaped gardens near good transport links.

Buying & Mortgages

Where to find the best new-build commuter homes near London

A converted Nash mansion and a contemporary take on the barn conversion are among new-builds in the commuter belt that won at the New Homes Awards.

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Good design and thoughtful architecture are key at these new homes

These homes all use good design to make them environmentally friendly as well as stylish

Buying & Mortgages

Where to find the best new first-time buyer and shared ownership homes

From a pocket of value in zone 3 to Crossrail hotspots on London's fringes, here's where to find the best new builds for budget buyers this year. 

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The best new family houses near London at three price points

In the outer reaches of London and the Home Counties are three outstanding new-builds fit for a family

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Evening Standard awards London's best new home scheme of 2020

We look at the finest developments in London and beyond, from regenerated derelict areas to converted mansions 

Buying & Mortgages

Top north and east London areas for buyers who want space and greenery

We find new homes along the London Outer Orbital Path, from Cockfosters in north London to Purfleet in Essex. 

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London's first-time buyer hotspots since lockdown ended

More than a third of London boroughs have seen a jump in sales to first-time buyers since lockdown. Here's where to focus your search.