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First-time buyer mortgage need-to-knows - from low rates to Help to Buy ISAs

Now's a stonking time to get a mortgage. Rates are close to rock-bottom but you should look at your finances first

Halifax glitch leaves some bank accounts off credit files

If you've upgraded your Halifax Current Account, your credit file may not be updated due to an IT bug

Beware split tariff mobile contracts if you're about to apply for credit

If you're planning to buy a latest model phone from O2, be aware that you'll actually be taking out a loan

Shopping online at Next? It could hurt your credit rating

If you're buying online from Next for the first time, beware a threat to your chances of getting a loan or mortgage

Rent payments on credit files 'should help tenants'

A new scheme to put rent payments on credit files will start next year, understands

100 days to Christmas: 12 do-nows to spend less on the big day

The best time to start saving is January, but with 100 days to go till Christmas, there are still ways to save big

Missed credit card and loan payments on the rise

One in five Britons have deliberately skipped a loan repayment in recent years because they cannot afford it

Water bills to be added to credit reports

Paying water bills on time could help you get a credit card or mortgage, as Yorkshire Water accounts will be tracked

Missed rent payments could cost you a loan or mortgage

In the coming months, late rent payments could appear on your credit file, which lenders use to assess applications

A payday loan could cost you a mortgage

Lender GE Money will not approve a home loan application from a borrower who took out a payday loan in the past 3 months

Exclusive: NatWest and RBS reveal refund process following IT meltdown

The RBS Group has today explained the full reclaiming process for those hit by charges or lost interest

U-turn means flatmates' poor credit won't harm you

Tenants won't be rejected for a mortgage or loan because their flatmate has a poor credit score, following MSE pressure