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    FirstBuy: How to access the government's mortgage schemes

    September 2, 2014

    The property ladder's first rung is at its most unattainable point, but two official schemes exist to solve the problem for Britain's first time buyers.

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    Guide to buying a property with friends

    September 2, 2014

    Buying a home with friends is a good way, and sometimes the only practical way, of getting onto the first rung of the property ladder. It is also becoming increasingly popular as prices have increased.

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    Guide to buying your first home

    September 2, 2014

    So you are ready to buy your first home. Presumably you have thought about it for a while, talked it over with your partner, family or friends, and are doing some Internet research before taking the plunge.

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    Guide to chain-free property

    September 2, 2014

    Most houses on the market are part of a chain of other property sales and purchases. Chain-free indicates a home with no such sequence.

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    How does the government's scrapping of HIPs impact you?

    September 2, 2014

    Once lauded as a sensible answer to the problems of gazumping, gazundering and other conveyancing nightmares, the Home Information Pack rapidly became a hated addition to the home buying process.

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    How to buy a house

    September 2, 2014

    So, you are looking to buy a property. It's an exciting time but it can be stressful too, whether you are buying a home for the first time, or you have bought a property many times before.

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    How to buy a newly built property

    September 2, 2014

    There are plenty of advantages to purchasing a newly built home. They tend to be more energy efficient than older houses or flats, they may include the latest fixtures and fittings and, of course, they are chain-free.

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    How to buy a property at auction

    September 2, 2014

    Lucy Alexander, presenter of long-running BBC1 show 'Homes Under The Hammer', tells you how best to negotiate the relatively risky world of auctions.