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Join the jetty set

Living on a boat means you can wave goodbye to your surroundings when you please, and indeed for many, it's a shore winner. For those torn between living in the town and the country, who enjoy the buzz of the city as well as the tranquillity of the countryside, thankfully there is an answer. Live on a houseboat, and you could pitch up in London, Liverpool, Avon and Argyll - wherever the water takes you. As ...

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Buying a property at auction

If you get it right, you will get more home for your money. There are bargains to be had – often through repossession or intestacy – and the process is fast. The deal has to be tied up and paid for within 28 days of the hammer falling. As with a house that you were investigating through an estate agency, you view the property before putting your money forward. The basic details are in the auctio ...

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Search for the Perfect Mortgage

There are thousands of types of mortgage on the market. But before you sit down with your financial adviser, you might like to learn a little more about what’s available. It’ll help you decide on what’s right for your circumstances and budget. Scary things, mortgages. You feel as if you’re signing your life away as you settle for committing to 25 years of debt at a whopping 4.2 per c ...

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The living dream

While having a luxurious second home requires fortunes to be made, the next best thing is a dream holiday – and there are some outstanding places to choose from. Imagine you really have won the lottery, picked a winner at the Grand National, met a millionaire or inherited a fortune. Where on earth should your holiday of a lifetime be spent? You could always follow the example of Hollywood stars or int ...

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Home Insurance

What would you do if your worldly goods were destroyed, or your house fell down? In the hope that neither will ever happen, here’s our guide to finding suitable insurance cover. When a renewal notice pops through the door to celebrate the anniversary of your moving house, it may proclaim on the cover that it’s for your ‘home insurance’. But as we have all realised, that could refer t ...

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Buying property as an investment

 You can make a property investment work for its keep by joining the buy-to-let game. There is an element of risk, but as long as you calculate your chances of success, you should be quids in. Many people see buy-to-let as a safer way of investing their money than more traditional stocks and shares. After all, as long as the mortgage is met by the rental income, you're in clover, right? Inevitably, the ...

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Building Regulations

While building regulations may seem complicated, they have been developed to make sure you still have a roof over your head which won’t collapse and a floor under your feet which will stay dry for many years. Here’s what you should know. building regulations: technical requirements that we are legally bound to ensure are followed during construction works, to safeguard everyone’s health an ...

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