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Average asking price for a house passes £300k

The asking price for a house in England and Wales has gone up, passing £300,000 for the first time ever, according to RightMove. Of course, estate agents wouldn't have anything to do with that, would they? Not while they're making those sad eyes at us about property prices! Anyway, they said that the growth of…

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Mortgages below 1% - what?!

Mortgages below 1% - what?!

According to Chris Pilling - the head honcho over at Yorkshire Bank - mortgage rates could drop to below 1%. It looks like there's going to be a mortgage price war on, which is good news if you're one of those people who can actually get a mortgage. He reckons that two-year fixed-rate mortgages could…

House prices at a record high

According to the folks at Rightmove, the asking prices from people selling houses have jumped to a record high. That's an average of nearly £300,000 on average this month. The exact figure they've come up with is £299,287 across the markets in England and Wales. Last month, the average figure was £8,324 less, and the previous all-time high…

Watchdog launches probe into 'mortgage prisoners'

The Financial Conduct Authority are launching an inquiry into the world of mortgages, in a bid to find out why some homeowners are 'unfairly trapped' by their mortgages. There's claims that older people are being stopped from switching mortgages by lenders, and that's not on. The FCA is going to look into whether or not lenders…

Bad landlords should face jail and heavier fines

Quick heads-up. In this article, we'll be talking about rogue landlords. Now, any mention of them sees some people's hair standing on end, and then they write a CAPSLOCK comment like "WHAT ABOUT BAD TENANTS? MY MATE HAD A HOUSE WHERE THE PEOPLE LIVING THERE...". These people, presumably, walk into cancer wards and start yelling…

Letting agent calls tenant "a bitch"

A tenant was concerned and frustrated with her letting agent. Her alarm hadn't worked for 2 years, and given that a burglar had fallen from her block of flats in Manchester, after being Tasered by police, she was keen to get it sorted. After chasing up this maintenance problem, with S&S Estates, Sarah Darlington got an unexpected response.…

Tenants 'abused' by landlords

Landlords, as we all know, can be awful and dreadful swine. Well, it won't surprise you that thousands of private tenants have 'suffered abuse' at the hands of our landlords, which include threats, assaults and harassment which could have (and should have) ended up with legal action being taken against them, according the charity, Shelter.…

Your mortgage might be getting more expensive

There's going to be a bit of chatter about bank rates today. The Bank of England's interest rate has been down at 0.5% since 2009, and it looks like it'll soon go up. As a result, so might your mortgage. In addition to the interest rate, there's a whole bunch of other factors that will mean…

Product Recall: Children's cycling product safety issues

As everyone gets into Tour De France mode, or indeed, the kids just like playing on their bikes because it is the summer holidays, there's a number of product recalls parents should be aware of. The first product that is being recalled is the Kandy Toys Boys and Girls Safety Helmet, which have been selling at…

How crime laden is your postcode?

Attention all curtain twitchers! Calling all the paranoid! You've been worrying about the state of the outside world for a while now, but for the most part, your worries have been based on guesswork and furiously biased news outlets who want to keep you jumpy and petrified. Well, no more! That's because you can find…

Product Recall: Choking hazard on Next baby cardigan

Parents should be aware that there's a potential choking hazard on a Next cardigan which is designed for babies. They say: "Next wants to make customers aware that there is a potential safety issue with the bobbles becoming detached from the sleeves. (There is a possibility that harm could be caused if this happens)." "Please…

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Behold! The smartnappy!

Behold! The smartnappy!

Wearable technology - whether you like it or not - is the hottest thing in geekworld. We've got smartwatches, glasses 2.0, virtual reality and now... drumroll please... SMARTNAPPIES! Developers will be writing code brown for the future of the diaper, with Intel bringing us the idea of an internet-connected nappy. Their idea is that future nappies…

Free medicine for children through Minor Ailments scheme

Getting sick is pain, but help is at hand where you can get free medicine over the counter at a pharmacy near you, if you use the minor ailments scheme. So how does it work? Well, go to your pharmacy and ask for the minor ailments scheme form, and fill out your order, and you could…

Shock as house prices are really high

Asking prices for houses are at a record high according to Rightmove. This is because of a shortage of homes and a high demand for properties. Insert your own thoughts about estate agents having a lot to do with it, here. Rightmove said new sellers' asking prices went up by 1.6%, which is £4,381 month-on month…

Is 2015 the best time to get a mortgage?

If you're looking to get a mortgage for a fixed rate on the cheap, according to Bank of England figures, now is a very good time to get on board. The cheapest mortgages are now even lower than the interest rates offered on some savings accounts with prices so low that there's 25 home loans priced…