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Fixed rate mortgages hit a new record low today as competition among lenders intensified.

HSBC launched a two-year fixed rate deal at just 1.19 per cent, the lowest rate financial information group Moneyfacts has ever recorded.

 

Other lenders have also slashed their prices in recent weeks, with five lenders now offering two-year deals for less than 1.4 per cent.

The competition in the market has seen the average cost of a two-year fixed rate deal continue to fall, dropping to 3.27 per cent, down from 3.32 per cent at the start of the year.

Five-year fixed rate loans have also got cheaper, dropping to an average of 3.37 per cent, compared with 3.8 per cent at the beginning of January.

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Homeowners expect to see house prices increase 7 per cent in the first half of 2015, according to the latest report by Zoopla.

Zoopla's Housing Market Sentiment Survey suggested 88 per cent of homeowners anticipate property prices to rise in the next six months, with Londoners expecting to see the greatest gains.

The number of homeowners expecting an increase is down from 92 per cent last year, but is consistent with market confidence stabilising.


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Are you about to apply for a mortgage?
 
New rules being introduced this month means it is not going to get any easier.

The House Price Index is the largest, most up-to-date monthly sample of residential property asking prices. The index monitors changes in house prices both annually and monthly, providing a comprehensive view on the current state of the property market in England and Wales.

 

View Rightmove's January House Price Index here...

The number of first-time buyers in 2014 rose to its highest level in seven years, according to one of the UK's largest lenders.

The Halifax estimates that 326,500 people bought their first house or flat last year - a rise of 22% compared to 2013.

That was the highest total since 2007, at the start of the financial crisis.

The main reason was cheap mortgage rates, and government schemes like Help to Buy, which require small deposits.

Better job prospects may also have helped.

"Improving economic conditions and rising employment levels have boosted confidence among those thinking about getting on to the housing ladder for the first time," said Craig McKinlay, mortgages director at the Halifax.

 

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So, what are the new rates and what WERE they!?

 

OLD RATES: Up to £125,000 – 0% £125,001 to £250,000 – 1% (of the whole value) £250,001-£500,000 – 3% £500,001-£1 million – 4% £1 million-£2 million – 5% £2 million+ – 7%.

 

NEW RATES: The first £125,000 is free of charge regardless of how much you pay for the property. Anything you pay over and above £125,000 is then charged at the new rate of 2%.

 

Therefore, stamp duty on a £150,000 property is only charged on £25,000 at 2%. The amount charged will be £500.

Under the old system this would have been 1% of £150,000, which is £1,500.

 

Therefore, those buying between £250k and £300k will especially save money. On average, savings range from hundreds to thousands of pounds.
 
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