Halifax Home Finder – consumer app of the week

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A property search, house prices and mortgage rates all in one place – is this the ultimate homebuying/snooping app?App: Halifax Home FinderBy: The app was built by design company Grapple (which we wrote about here)Price: FreeAvailable on: iOS 4.0 or …

The Manchester Mortgage: how one city is solving the housing crisis

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Manchester council is providing affordable housing via a subsidised mortgage scheme for first-time buyersDemand for housing in Manchester is higher than ever before; as the city’s economy, job opportunities and population continue to grow, so does the …

Repossession capital of England still trying to build its way out of trouble

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Leaders of the former steelworking town of Corby hope it can build its way to prosperity, but many who moved there are trapped in negative equity”You could own this home for as little as £451 a month,” yells the advert for a four-bedroom townhouse set…

Crisis looms in repossessions hotspots

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Race is on to help homeowners most at risk if interest rates riseThe 75-metre-high tower of Lister’s Mill symbolised the power and status of Bradford during the city’s industrial heyday. It was the largest silk factory in the world, churning out the ve…