First time buyer
180,000 first-time buyers benefit from stamp duty cut
141,100 first-time buyers have bought properties without having to pay stamp duty and a further 39,400 have paid a discounted rate in the year since First Time Buyers Relief was introduced, according to the latest figures from HM Revenue & Customs
22 November 2018
Martin's 6 Lifetime ISA must-knows
LISAs launch this Thursday, and by opening one you can get up to £32,000 free
5 April 2017
Savers to be warned of risks before opening a Lifetime ISA
Anyone wanting to open a Lifetime ISA will first be made fully aware of how the product works, under FCA proposals
16 November 2016
First-time buyer bonuses under Lifetime ISAs to come at exchange, after Help to Buy controversy
First-time buyers will be able to get a state bonus towards a first home when they exchange under the LISA scheme
15 September 2016
Act now for rock-bottom mortgage rates
13 tips to slash costs for remortgagers and first-time buyers – check now if you can save, with rates down to 2%
14 April 2016
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
7 October 2015
Check your mortgage rate today as fixed rates have fallen to lowest-ever level
The Bank of England governor last week said the 0.5% base rate could rise which could mean low mortgage rates jump
22 July 2015
Guest Comment: Sarah Beeny decodes estate agent speak
Estate agent windows are a hotbed of flowery language. If you're baffled by descriptions, Sarah Beeny decodes them here
7 November 2014
Halifax paying first-time buyer stamp duty: is its mortgage deal any good?
Halifax will cover the cost of stamp duty for some first time buyers as one of many top mortgage deals
20 May 2013
Ed Balls: 4G mobile sale should fund housing boost
Balls will also use his party conference speech to state Labour could not reverse spending cuts immediately, if in power
1 October 2012
16 June 2021
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18 June 2021JPMorgan Chase has this week struck a deal to purchase UK digital investment platform Nutmeg. Both firms have confirmed there will be no change for Nutmeg customers for now, although they've promised a wider range of products and services in future.
Warning - certain Applaws, Pets at Home and Sainsbury's branded cat food has been recalled over fears it could be linked to fatal disease17 June 2021Pet owners have been warned to stop feeding certain dry food to their cats over fears it could be linked to a fatal disease. Certain Applaws, Pets at Home, and Sainsbury’s branded cat food made by Fold Hill Foods are affected by the precautionary recall but you can get a full refund from retailers.
17 June 2021The first-ever curriculum mapped financial education textbook – funded jointly by MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis and the Money and Pensions Service – has now landed in secondary schools in Scotland.
16 June 2021New mortgage deals are at their LOWEST EVER rates, with two-year fixes down to 0.95% and five-year fixes at 1.17% (though in some cases they load the cost in the form of hefty fees). That means huge savings are possible for some.
Tesco Bank trials new debit card that gives you extra Clubcard points during the first three months - and budgeting help16 June 2021Tesco Bank has quietly launched a prepaid debit card called 'Clubcard Pay', which it's currently trialling.
Martin Lewis: Why you shouldn't worry too much about your credit score – it’s not actually a real thing14 June 2021When it comes to finances, numbers are key – whether it's what you earn, your credit card balance or the interest rate on your mortgage, small changes can add up to a big difference. Yet there's one number you shouldn't pay too much attention to – your credit score.
18 May 2021If you started university between 1998 and 2012, or since then in Scotland and Northern Ireland, you'll have a Plan 1 student loan. While much is written about whether those with savings should overpay the current English Plan 2 student loans, there's little out there about Plan 1. I wanted to change that, so here's a video explaining how to decide...
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