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Labour would make first-time buyers exempt from stamp duty for purchases under £300,000, Ed Miliband is due to announce.
The housing market recovery helped stamp duty revenues soar by a fifth in 2014-2015 to a record high of £8bn, according to research.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) may restrict the changes lenders can make to mortgage contracts after assessing the fairness of the existing regulations.
The government may "pare back" its Help to Buy scheme if the Bank of England (BoE) believes it threatens the UK's economic recovery, Nick Clegg has said.
Prominent economists have added to calls for the government to pull back from the mortgage guarantee element of its Help to Buy initiative, arguing it is no longer needed.
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Mutuals and building societies have doubled their net mortgage lending over the last year, figures from the Building Societies Association (BSA) show.
The government should reconsider its Help to Buy housing scheme, according to business secretary Vince Cable, who spoke of a "raging housing boom' in London and South East England.
The mortgage market is experiencing "strong upwards momentum" and gross lending may top £200bn for the first time in seven years in 2015, but there is little evidence of a housing boom developing, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).
The mortgage aspect of the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) is to be discontinued in light of improved market conditions.
RBS Intermediary Partners is to return to the mortgage market on Monday, the group has announced.
The government is undermining its own Help to Buy scheme by imposing a large tax burden on first-time buyers, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has argued.
UK house prices are now 5.8% higher than this time a year ago, according to Nationwide, but are still 7% off their 2007 peak.
Mortgage advisers are reporting a rise in Help to Buy enquiries, despite the fact they are unable to places cases yet.
The government's popular Help to Buy mortgage scheme could threaten financial stability if it is mismanaged, a group of MPs has warned.
The second part of the Help to Buy scheme will be available from next week after the Government brought forward the launch date by three months.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has warned the government's Help to Buy scheme will make it harder for would-be first-time buyers to get onto the housing ladder.
More than a quarter of home-buyers in England and Wales are now paying stamp duty at the higher rates of 3% or more, research suggests.
HSBC has launched the lowest ever fixed rate mortgage seen in the UK mortgage market with a 1.49% headline rate product.
Lloyds Banking Group is back in the black after announcing a profit before tax of £2.1bn for the six months to the end of June - and said it is on course to target IFA clients orphaned by the Retail Distribution Review (RDR).