Stamp duty revenues rise by one-third

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Million-pound home buyers paid almost £2bn of stamp tax last year

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George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, gestures during the Institute Of International Finance Spring Meeting in London, U.K., on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. U.K. services grew faster than economists forecast in May and confidence about the outlook prompted companies to boost hiring. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** George Osborne ©Bloomberg
How George Osborne’s proposal for pension funds to pass tax free to heirs will work
– Josephine Cumbo
Almost four-fifths of properties that would qualify for Labour’s proposed “mansion tax”, being valued at more than £2m, are in London
– Adam Palin

Chart that tells a story . . . mansion tax

Proposed annual levy would target London homeowners

Rights for widows in intestacy revamp

Estates without a will are to be divided differently

Rules on second mortgages to tighten

City watchdog to subject borrowers to affordability test

Nationwide resumes Help to Buy for home movers

Building society reopens access to controversial scheme

Property finance in the crowd

As the sector grows, so do warnings of the risks

Six years for five from Virgin

Bank launches six-year fix at same rate as five-year

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Borrowers face pension dilemma

Pension savings could be used to repay home loans

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How to . . . cope with serious illness

Cover can help with costs and loss of income

Home lending rises but enquiries slow

CML reports first-time buyers up by 3%

More lenders cut mortgage interest rates

Nationwide, Skipton and Coventry launch new deals

Remortgaging set to rise

Rising house prices and economic recovery to spur increased activity

Scotland after the vote: property

Uncertainty haunts the market

Can the terms of my tenancy be changed?

My new letting agent says bills previously included in our rent are no longer

Investec ties up £180m Kensington deal

Bank offloads subprime mortgage lender to Blackstone and TPG

MMR is delaying mortgage offers

Research confirms anecdotal evidence of delays

London’s Victoriana beats new-build

Period properties have provided better returns

Mortgage rules ‘deter first-time buyers’

Almost 2m cannot afford first home, says mortgage insurer

TSB to foot council tax bills

Challenger bank offers help with bills

RBS mortgage fine ‘might not be last’

Brokers say watchdog is probably looking at others

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