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UK house sales to first-time buyers reach highest for 19 years

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The number of UK first-time homebuyers has hit its highest level since 2002, according to a new estimate. Despite the uncertainty generated by the pandemic and strong house price growth, the number of first-time buyer...

Jean-Marc Vallée, director of Dallas Buyers Club, Wild and Big Little Lies, dies aged 58

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Jean-Marc Vallée, the Canadian director best known for his work on Matthew McConaughey drama Dallas Buyers Club, has died aged 58. Vallée’s representative, Bumble Ward, said he died suddenly over the weekend in his ca...

Oregon to ban ‘gushing’ love letters to homeowners from potential buyers

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As Kira Hodgson, 33, rereads the “love letter” she wrote a year ago to the owners of the Portland, Oregon, home she now lives in, she starts to cry. “I can’t believe how vulnerable I was,” she says. “I don’t know any ...

Pet buyers should report dodgy sellers, says UK’s top vet

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Would-be pet owners should blow the whistle on dodgy sellers, the UK’s leading vet has suggested, as figures reveal practices are seeing growing numbers of pets presenting with conditions linked to suspected low welfa...

Labour to give first-time buyers exclusive access to new properties

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Labour plans to slash affordable rents and give first-time buyers exclusive rights to purchase new-build homes for six months, it will announce this weekend, as it bids to steal the Conservatives’ claim to be “the par...

Tiffany solicits help of Beyoncé and Jay-Z to draw younger buyers – will it backfire?

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Beyoncé has become the first black woman to wear the famous yellow Tiffany diamond, in the jewelry company’s latest attempt to rebrand itself for a younger, more diverse audience. The musician sports the “priceless” 1...

Morrisons talks up ‘responsible’ buyers – but how sincere is it?

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How much weight does the board of Morrisons truly attach to selling the company only to a “responsible” owner? A lot, one assumes, because the chairman, Andrew Higginson, used three of his four paragraphs of commentar...

With house prices through the roof, young buyers’ hopes go out the window

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House prices are soaring and gazumping has returned in property hotspots. The average cost of a home jumped by 13.4% in June from the same month last year, according to Nationwide building society. This is more than f...

UK concert and festival ticket buyers warned insurance may not cover Covid

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Concert and festival ticket buyers have been warned to check the small print before buying insurance to cover cancellations, after a survey found many do not know what cover they are paying for. Research by Which? fou...

Sanjeev Gupta’s Jaguar Land Rover supplier asks for time to talk to buyers

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Part of Sanjeev Gupta’s metal empire that faces the threat of administration has asked its bankers to give it time to try to negotiate with four potential buyers. It is understood that Liberty Aluminium Technologies, ...

UK libraries and museums unite to save ‘astonishing’ lost library from private buyers

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From the British Library to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, a consortium of libraries and museums have come together in an “unprecedented” effort to raise £15m and save an “astonishingly important” set of literary manusc...

Younger buyers discover joys of caravanning for Covid-era holidays

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Looking for a boutique hotel on wheels or a sporty model with room for your surfboard or kayak? Welcome to the UK’s growing number of caravanners – even millennials are itching to join in. The coronavirus pandemic has...

All that glisters: flood of fake ancient jewellery dupes buyers

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There is a “pandemic” of fake gold jewellery, primarily ancient and medieval, according to a leading British historian, who warns that forgeries extend to more recent pieces that any one might pick up in a market. Dr ...

Nationwide increases amount it will lend to first-time buyers

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The UK’s biggest building society is increasing the sums it is willing to lend first-time buyers in a move it said would enable homeownership for many people who have been frozen out of the market. Nationwide will all...

House price rises and how long to fix a mortgage: Q&A for first-time buyers

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The rates on two- and five-year fixed-rate mortgages are close – at Royal Bank of Scotland, for example, you can fix for two years at 3.18% and for five at 3.4%, which on a £160,000 mortgage means a difference of abou...

How to get the property you want: expert tips for first-time buyers

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Buying your first home is by turns exhilarating and terrifying. Lockdown has made things even more challenging: many urban renters are considering buying somewhere out of town where they can get more home for their mo...

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