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Friday, 21 January, 2000, 14:43 GMT
Negotiate the Property Maze

Buying a home is the biggest purchase most people will ever make. It can be a confusing business, especially when prices are soaring. As the government tries to clean up the mortgage market, BBC News Online presents a round-up of the issues we have covered, from financial scams to successful house-hunting.


The Mortgages Jungle
Buyers who do their homework can save thousands of pounds on a mortgages. So the government issues a checklist of questions to ask before choosing a mortgage.

  • Website promises 'best mortgage'
  • Online mortgage market takes off
  • Endowments probe ruled out
  • Crackdown on tie-ins
  • Are mortgages a rip-off?
  • Top lenders shamed for scams
  • New standards for lenders
  • Crackdown on lenders
  • Consultation on legislation begins



    Homing in on a Special Agent
    We love to loathe them but most of us buy a home through an estate agent. Do estate agents earn their money and are there other ways of house-hunting?

  • Finding a house with your Mouse
  • Homes - a working divide
  • Sellers' information packs plan
  • Rip-off estate agents warned



    Housing: a bust to come?
    As property prices rise at 30% a year, it's good news for those who already own a home but frightening for first-time buyers. Are houses a good investment?
  • Housebuyers priced out of the market
  • No end to housing boom
  • Bust like the old days?
  • Buy-to-let: the pros and cons

    Homeowners hit by rate rise
    An interest rate rise can make all the difference between affording that dream home or not - but interest rates are famously unpredictable.
  • Interest rates up 0.25%
  • Interest rate guessing game
  • Why mortgages stay up
  • House prices 'could rise 35%'

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