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....From 1 April, the amount of tax relief they could claim on mortgage payments was reduced. The CML also said that the number of first-time buyers taking out mortgages had overtaken the number of people moving house for the first time since 1996. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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Mortgage loan: Lending to wannabe buyers falls as number of homes for sale dips image
....The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) recently reported that the number of homes on estate agents' books dwindled to a record low in March, with around 10 house hunters for every available property. The CML's senior economist, Mohammad Jamei, said: "First-time buyers and re-mortgage customers appear to be buoying the market, as low mortgage rates are encouraging borrowers to re-mortgage and attractive government schemes are helping first-time buyers. ...
Housing market moving sideways, lenders say image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 10:28:25 AM
....From 1 April, the amount of tax relief they could claim on mortgage payments was reduced. The CML also said that the number of first-time buyers taking out mortgages had overtaken the number of people moving house for the first time since 1996. ...
Buy-to-let slump after stamp duty change image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 09:57:25 AM
....The latest figures are the first indication of the first full year since the tax change was made. Landlord house purchases have stayed low but first-time buyer mortgages have started to pick up. ...
House prices in UK shift to lower gear image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 10:33:40 AM
....3%. The recent slowdown in house prices will be cheered by potential first-time buyers, who have seen property values rise at a much faster rate than interest on savings. ...
How to be on the winning side as mortgage war hots up image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 06:00:37 AM
....The more you have, the better the rate. Most first-time buyers will not have the bulky deposit required to get the very best rates on the market – Springall says the average two-year fix with a 40% deposit has a rate of 1. ...
How YOU can get up to £2,500 cashback from your mortgage  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 03:59:00 PM
.... But mortgage fees and higher rates may not make the cash offer as generous as it first appears. For example, Halifax is giving £1,000 cashback on a number of its mortgage, including its first-time buyer 1. ...
Falling real pay shows the British economy is still struggling | Larry Elliott image
....But the period of relatively strong growth since the middle of 2012 has been based on two factors: the fall in oil prices, which has since been partly reversed, and the willingness of consumers to take on more debt, which has limits. Growth this year will depend less on the housing market, which has topped out because property is unaffordable for first-time buyers, and more on the ability of exporters to take advantage of the depreciated pound. ...
'My parents want to help me but can't': readers on affording their first home image
....5bn this year to help them buy their first home, according to recent reports. But what about those who cannot afford to do this? We asked readers for their experiences of being first-time buyers, and parents who have given their children financial assistance. ...
Mortgage approvals dip for second month image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 09:49:42 AM
.... . "It is a good time for borrowers, with lenders keen to attract business from first-time buyers, home movers and those remortgaging. ...
How ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ can help children buy home WITHOUT having to hand over cash image
....28 per cent for five years. But with mortgage rates at record lows, experts have said it parents should consider all first-time buyer options before opting for guarantor rates. ...
Parents '10th biggest mortgage lender' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 09:52:41 AM
....This is up from the £5bn of lending estimated in L&G's equivalent survey a year ago. The average first-time buyer requires a deposit of about £26,000, lenders say. ...
Are your parents helping you to buy your first home? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 09:25:58 AM
....”. If you are someone who is a first-time buyer we’d like to hear about your experiences of asking your parents for financial help. ...
'Bank of mum and dad' to lend £6.5bn this year, report predicts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 05:01:18 AM
....Parents are predicted to lend more than £6. 5bn this year to help their children get on the property ladder as first-time buyers continue to struggle to afford homes. ...
Smaller deposits raise hopes for UK first-time homebuyers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of April 2017 11:01:13 PM
. Easier access to mortgages with a small deposit has offered some glimmers of hope for first-time buyers struggling to get on to Britain’s housing ladder, according to a new report. ...
Our flat was perfect  – until planners let a restaurant open below image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 06:00:22 AM
.... Hanoi Pho is still there. Flats above A1 premises may seem like a more affordable option, especially for first-time buyers as we were, but when a shop has the potential to become a restaurant overnight, even if only for a limited period, the smarter move is to look elsewhere. ...
House prices fell again in April, Nationwide says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 07:25:06 AM
....". Last week, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said the UK's housing market was in "neutral gear", with a shift towards first-time buyer and remortgage customers, away from home movers and buy-to-let landlords. ...
Buy-to-let slump benefits first-time buyers, plus the best broadband firms image
....Hello and welcome to this week’s Money Talks – a roundup of the week’s biggest stories and some things you may have missed. Buy-to-let slump puts first-time buyers in the driver’s seat. ...
Taylor Wimpey to pay up to £130m to settle ground rent scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 11:35:12 AM
.... Taylor Wimpey created an investment asset class – the freehold – which it then traded to anonymous and murky investors, who hide their beneficial ownership behind nominee directors. “This ground rent racket is wealth erosion on a massive scale, which has fallen mainly on young first-time buyers and their families. ...
As first-time buyers, can we take out a buy-to-let mortgage? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:00:09 AM
.... So if your mortgage repayment was £1,000 a month, the monthly rent you received would have to be £1,450. What works against you is the fact that you are first-time buyers because it reduces the number of buy-to-let lenders who might be prepared to lend to you to around 20 (out of the 76 listed by Moneyfacts). ...
Canals offer alternative to London property ladder image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 08:56:18 AM
....It’s not hard to figure out what is fuelling this trend. Research from lettings agent Countrywide indicates the average London landlord charges between £1,289 and £2,318 a month, while Nationwide says the typical first-time buyer needs a £65,600 deposit to get a foot on the property ladder. ...
Asking prices for homes rise to record average of £313,655 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
....Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, said there were signs of a “strong spring market”, which should help to offset any jitters in the market before the general election on 8 June. The first-time buyer sector was driving the price increases, Rightmove said, after changes to previously generous tax rules deterred buy-to-let investors from competing for similar homes. ...
Low rates, tight margins: the mortgage market looks worryingly familiar image
....Hang on, though. It is clear that – just as with the Treasury and Bank of England’s Help to Buy scheme, which subsided deposits for first-time buyers – keeping the housing market afloat takes a constant layering of policies, one upon another, to keep even middle-income groups in the game while prices climb year on year. ...
Buy-to-let slump puts first-time buyers in the driver’s seat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of April 2017 05:59:06 AM
....”. Estate agents report that the withdrawal of landlord buyers has left the market freer for first-time buyers without pushing up prices. ...
Record low rate signals mortgage battle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 09:48:53 AM
....Since that surcharge came in, the buy-to-let market has become more subdued, as has the market for home movers. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said this fall had been cancelled out by a pick-up in lending to first-time buyers but, overall, the UK's housing market was in "neutral gear". ...
Yorkshire Building Society launches record low 0.89% mortgage rate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 11:01:02 PM
....9bn but lower than the figure for March 2016. Mohammad Jamei, the CML’s senior economist, said there had been a shift in lending towards first-time buyer and remortgage customers in recent months, and away from home movers and buy-to-let landlords. ...
Average UK house price falls £1,000 since start of year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 07:01:18 AM
.... Bank of England figures showed mortgage approvals fell for the first time in six months in February. “The softening in values and continued low mortgage rates are positive news for first-time buyers trying to get on to the property ladder,” said Zoopla’s Lawrence Hall. ...
Can I use my help-to-buy Isa to buy a property with my brother? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 06:00:19 AM
....A It is a key requirement of the help-to-buy Isa that to qualify for the 25% bonus that the government adds to your Isa savings when you buy a property, you must live in it. You must also be a genuine first-time buyer, the property you buy must cost £250,000 or less (£450,000 or less in London), be purchased with a mortgage and be the only home you will own. ...
Estate agents struggling to find homes to sell, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 11:01:10 PM
.... In separate data, the Council of Mortgage Lenders said buy-to-let lending plummeted by 44% in February compared with a year earlier. But the absence of landlord buyers appears to be leaving the market more open to first-time buyers, who took out 11% more house purchase loans than a year ago, said the CML. ...
UK house price growth 'picking up' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 09:33:40 AM
....". That number was driven by an increase in the number of first-time buyers. ...
Property’s equity can help your loved ones image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
. The Bank of Mum and Dad is more generous than ever before, offering financial help to more than one in three first-time buyers, according to new figures from the Social Mobility Commission. ...
Lifetime ISA providers: Which banks offer a Lifetime ISA? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 7th of April 2017 04:51:00 PM
....The new LISAs give savers aged 18 to 40 the chance to get a 25 per cent kickback from the Government for every pound that they deposit. After the launch on Thursday April 6, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis described the LISAs as a 'no-brainer’ for almost every first-time buyer. ...
Landlord tax changes come into effect TODAY: 'Renting will be more expensive', say critics image
....”Buy-to-let investors are increasingly using commercial loans and setting up companies to buy investment property and instead pay corporation tax at 20 per cent, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA). Shaun Church, director at Private Finance, said: “By hitting landlords’ profits, the changes may ultimately make it even more difficult for prospective first-time buyers to get on to the housing ladder. ...
New Isa offers free cash deal to young savers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 07:58:00 AM
.... . This is effectively free money from the Government and gives first-time buyers a potential £5,000 a year in total towards their property deposit, plus interest or capital growth on top. ...
The Guardian view on house prices: the government lacks the political will to fix the broken market | Editorial image
....If the price of milk had risen in line with average house prices over the past 40 years, consumers would now be shelling out more than £10 for a four-pint carton: a sobering reminder of just how broken Britain’s housing market is. With price increases like these, it is little surprise the number of first-time buyers relying on family loans is now at a historic high, according to new research from the Social Mobility Commission: one in three rely on family help, and the proportion of 25- to 29-year-olds who own their home has almost halved since 1990. ...
Record numbers rely on parental cash to buy a property image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 11:08:30 PM
. The number of first-time buyers relying on the "bank of mum and dad" for financial help has hit a record high, according to new research. ...
'Bank of mum and dad' making housing market more unfair, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 11:01:43 PM
. The number of first-time buyers relying on family loans from the “bank of mum and dad” to fund their deposits is exacerbating inequality and impeding social mobility, a government-backed study has warned. ...
The death of the mortgage salesman is unfortunately premature image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 07:00:03 AM
.... If you have no idea what this means then that’s probably the idea – to keep you in the dark. The procuration fee is the commission a lender pays to the mortgage broker who procures the business of a first-time buyer or mover. ...
How one council is beating Britain's housing crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 07:00:02 AM
....But this is not a return to the era of 1950s and 1960s council building. What Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) is doing is partnering with contractors to build low-cost homes for first-time buyers and families alongside houses and flats to rent at affordable prices, and with tenants better protected. ...
New Nationwide deal for parents to raise cash from their home to help their children image
....Nationwide's head of mortgages, Henry Jordan, said: "Our Family Deposit Mortgage range has been launched in recognition of customer demand for a flexible and accessible way to use the wealth tied up in people's homes. "The aim is to help not only first-time buyers but also home movers to secure their own property. ...
Five-minute guide to…The resurgence of first-time buyers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 12:01:00 AM
....The screw will tighten in April, when higher rate tax relief on mortgage interest payments will begin being phased out. Steve Bolton, founder of Platinum Property Partners, warns that “punitive” tax changes may drive out landlords, but this will not necessarily help first-time buyers: “If it leads to a restricted supply of rental properties and higher rents, then it will be harder for tenants to save for a deposit. ...
Are these cashback deals  a carrot… or a costly stick? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 07:00:32 AM
.... However, while the most you can get is a lot higher, the average amount has dipped slightly – from £400 to £371 – over that period. Such deals are usually targeted at cash-strapped first-time buyers. ...
Homes cost more than seven times income image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 17th of March 2017 10:06:40 AM
....6 times). The official figures will make gloomy reading for potential first-time buyers whose wages have stagnated and who now see property ownership become comparatively more expensive. ...
Rents are 'out of step' with incomes, housing body warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:01:21 AM
....”. Sparkes said the government already helped first-time buyers struggling for a deposit. ...
Home ownership in England at a 30-year low, official figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 02:32:32 PM
....The report also provided fresh evidence that, for those who can afford to buy, the traditional 25-year mortgage may be on the way out. It found that almost all first-time buyers had taken out a repayment mortgage, and that 40% had signed up for a home loan lasting 30 years or more. ...
House sellers 'should pay stamp duty' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 01:38:01 PM
....Stamp duty should be a tax on property sellers, rather than buyers, to help those trying to buy their first home, a major UK building society has said. The Yorkshire Building Society said that nearly three-quarters of first-time buyers now paid the tax, compared with just over half in 2006. ...
New homes 'unaffordable for eight out of 10 locally' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 01:38:32 AM
.... . "Help to Buy has played a significant part in the increase in supply by helping over 100,000 people, the vast majority of who are first-time buyers, purchase their own home. ...
‘Buy for Uni’ mortgage turns students into landlords image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 09:28:35 AM
....Interest rates David Hollingworth from London & Country Mortgages says that as the loans are niche products, the interest rates are higher than would normally be expected. “The rates are higher than would typically be available to a first-time buyer, even where parental security is being used, such as the Barclays Family Springboard deal that offers a three-year fixed-rate of 2. ...
Housebuilder Persimmon's profits rise amid 'confident' market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 08:32:01 AM
....However, it added that it remained "wary of the risks and increased uncertainties associated with the EU referendum result". Persimmon said the government's Help to Buy scheme remained "important" in supporting first-time buyers. ...
One in four UK families have less than £95 in savings, report finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:01:30 AM
.... Home ownership rose among high-income families to 90% from 88%. Aviva said declining rates of home ownership could be a sign of difficulties getting a mortgage for first-time buyers or families not considered “prime” borrowers. ...
New mortgage helps buyers meet Stamp Duty costs  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
. Barclays said its homebuyer cashback mortgage is designed to help first-time buyers or home movers recover the cost of stamp duty on their new property purchases. ...
Government willing to admit UK housing market is
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Ishaan Malhi, chief executive of online mortgage broker Trussle. com, says an awful lot is at stake for first-time buyers: “The current generation faces an almost impossible task to get on the housing ladder. ...
Welcome to rabbit-hutch Britain, land of the ever-shrinking home image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of February 2017 07:00:09 AM
.... The average price is £255,000, but if you want to buy a one-bedroom flat in its Lambeth developments in south London – Sail Street and Juxon Street – it will cost you £332,000. Nevertheless, that compares favourably with the latest official average first-time buyer price in London of £421,553. ...
UK house prices fell in January for the first time in five months image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 10:34:19 AM
....”. Halifax estimates that the number of first-time buyers rose by 7% last year to 335,750 – the highest level since the start of the financial crisis in 2007. ...
Theresa May to offer more security for renters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of February 2017 11:44:42 PM
.... By emphasising the rights of renters, as well as trying to boost house building, the white paper will mark a turning point for a party that since the 1980s, and the first council house sales, has promoted home ownership as a badge of success, while neglecting the interests of renters. The Tory manifesto for the 2015 general election spelt out plans for 200,000 new “starter homes” that could be bought by first-time buyers at 20% discounts, but said little about promoting the interests and improving the lot of so-called “generation rent”. ...
Are you a serious buyer? Estate agents can now ask you to pay up to prove it image
....Money has been contacted by a number of angry would-be homebuyers who handed over cash to an estate agent and are now battling to get it back. They include first-time buyers Geoffrey Taylor and his partner, Gemma Swistak, both 32, who paid the agent they were dealing with £900, and Ramesh Nehru, who handed over £1,000 to a different firm. ...
Mortgage affordability unchanged despite rising house prices, report finds image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 12:00:00 AM
....The proportion has remained the same despite average house prices having increased by 7 per cent over the past year. Halifax assumed that a borrower, who could be a first-time buyer or a home mover, had a 30 per cent deposit to put down. ...
Can I buy a flat while I'm paying off debts through an IVA? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of January 2017 07:00:30 AM
.... What you could sensibly do when your IVA comes to an end is to start putting the same amount you were paying into your IVA in a savings account. To benefit from a 25% government bonus (on savings up to £12,000), you could consider the help-to-buy Isa designed for budding first-time buyers. ...
Sharp rise in first-time buyers taking mortgages lasting at least 30 years image
. The traditional 25-year mortgage could be on the way out, with growing numbers of first-time buyers opting for deals lasting 30 or 35 years – suggesting that many will still be burdened with home loan debt in their 60s and 70s. ...
First-time home buyers at highest level since 2007, Halifax says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 01:35:41 AM
.... . The lender estimated there were 335,750 first-time buyers last year, the highest figure since 359,900 in 2007. ...
Take the long view with a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 07:00:21 AM
....19%. Broker firm John Charcol reckons 10-year lock-ins make sense for more mature borrowers looking to remortgage, but come with too many early repayment penalties to suit first-time buyers. ...
The Guardian view on the housing crisis: right to rent | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 07:21:18 PM
.... Without a steady supply of homes for rent, the conditions for today’s housing shortage were set. Private builders maximise value by preferring fewer, larger homes, unaffordable to first-time buyers. ...
First-time buyer subsidised homes 'will be built this year' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 09:23:52 AM
. Thousands of homes for first-time buyers will be built this year, according to the government. ...
House prices 2017 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 2nd of January 2017 11:30:29 PM
Why the UK economy could fare better in 2017 than forecasters predict image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 12:36:53 PM
.... That outlook will bring homeowners out in cold sweats but for anyone who has been trying to get on the housing ladder, a moderation in prices is long overdue. There is also a slither of hope that a government drive to address the UK’s housing shortage could help first-time buyers. ...
London house prices rise less than UK average for first time since 2008 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of December 2016 09:11:01 AM
.... In London and the south of England, however, more people have found themselves priced out of the market or having to borrow a greater multiple of their income. Among first-time buyers, median loan-to-income ratios are highest in London and the south-east, at around four times income; and lowest in Northern Ireland, at less than three. ...
Generation rent: official figures overstate UK home ownership - study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of December 2016 10:56:47 AM
....The Office for National Statistics said the UK owner occupation rate rose sharply in the two decades after Margaret Thatcher’s government allowed council tenants the right to buy their homes at a discounted price. But since the early 2000s, high house prices, weak growth in real incomes and tighter lending policies have combined to make home ownership harder despite a prolonged period of ultra-low interest rates and government subsidies for first-time buyers. ...
Home ownership 'overestimated by official data' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of December 2016 08:21:38 AM
....The same think tank reported in August that major English cities - particularly Manchester - had seen the sharpest falls in home ownership since a peak in the early 2000s. A spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "We've halted the decline in home ownership, with the number of first-time buyers up nearly 60%, and over 335,000 households helped into home ownership through government-backed schemes since 2010. ...
First-time buyer aid cash: SW England gets biggest share image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 03:35:17 AM
. The South-West has been awarded the largest share of a fund raised through extra stamp duty on second homes to help first-time buyers in England. ...
Home ownership by 25-year-olds halves in 20 years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 08:30:07 AM
.... . Responding to the LGA survey, a Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: "We've halted the decline in homeownership, with the number of first-time buyers up nearly 60%, and over 335,000 households helped into homeownership through government-backed schemes since 2010. ...
Housing worries image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 12:28:11 AM
....The government is attempting to help wannabe home owners, and has introduced a load of new restrictions. In Beijing, first-time buyers must now put down at least a 30% deposit. ...
Mortgage data points to slowdown in UK housing market in October image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 01:43:57 PM
....25% after the vote for Brexit. The CML said the amount borrowers were paying as a percentage of their household income to service repayments fell to a record low for both first-time buyers and home movers at 17. ...
Is property facing a meltdown in 2017? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 10:10:00 AM
....House price inflation may slow across the UK, but many buyers will remain locked out. Hayward adds: “We should avoid property Armageddon in 2017, but things will not get much better for first-time buyers, and those looking to up or downsize. ...
Buy to let: ‘We landlords are being vilified’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 10th of December 2016 06:59:07 AM
....Tenants who see themselves as toiling to pay their landlord’s pension, however, may see it another way. As Reuben Young of campaign group PricedOut says (see below), the changes are “fantastic news” and will level the playing field for first-time buyers competing for homes with landlords. ...
Days of the buy-to-let landlord are numbered, says Fergus Wilson image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 10:11:07 AM
....But he says much more needs to be done to protect existing tenants. “While first-time buyers will enjoy a more favourable market, the tax changes won’t make the slightest difference to the chronic instability of the private rented sector. ...
HSBC raises mortgage rates and pulls 'cheapest-ever' fix image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 01:35:57 PM
....”. Last month, the Council of Mortgage Lenders said home loan affordability had reached a “historic low” for both first-time buyers and home movers. ...

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