House price growth in February 4.4 per cent apart from in London | Property | Life & Style

England is seeing an annualised rate of house price growth of 4.1 per cent and the average property price in Wales increasing by 4.8 per cent. The Land Registry data is used as an empirical measure of pricing due to the fact that it records every residential transaction in England and Wales. Therefore, whilst issued later than other house price indices, the report is widely seen by the finance and property industry as the most accurate with regards historic property values. This latest report suggests that, as other sources of…

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Car market dries up as drivers prefer NOT to buy DIESEL cars | Personal Finance | Finance

Just 13 per cent of drivers say they are now likely to buy diesel, according to a new report from Close Brothers Motor Finance, with sales particularly sluggish in the new car market. Car dealers have also reported a shift in attitudes with almost half saying their customers are shunning diesel because of a combination of the emissions scandal, this month’s tax hike on diesel motors and fear of future government crackdowns on high-polluting cars. From April 1, new diesel cars started costing between £15 and £520 more in Vehicle…

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Why buying an iPhone SE right now may be a bad idea | Tech | Life & Style

Apple has already had a busy start to the year launching its all-new HomePod smart speaker and refreshed iPad which packs more power at a much lower price. Now it seems another new device could be on its way with rumours suggesting a updated iPhone SE might launch in the next few months. As spotted by French webiste Consomac, Apple recently registered a number of new devices with the The Eurasian Economic Commission – a Russian-language regulatory organisation. A total of 11 model numbers were in the filing with each…

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Buy-to-let market attracts NEW INVESTORS despite the glory days being over | Personal Finance | Finance

GETTY HOME TRUTH: BTL taxes are rising However, it continues to attract new investors who took out 5,200 buy-to-let (BTL) purchase mortgages in February, according to new figures from UK Finance. Director of mortgages Jackie Bennett said this is a drop of 8.8 per cent in a year but landlords have not abandoned the market: “The buy-to-let market continues to operate at stable but subdued levels.” If you are wondering whether BTL might still provide a steady income for your retirement, Rob Bence, co-founder of landlord portal The Property Hub,…

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WhatsApp scam uses shocking new ploy to TRICK YOU, how to avoid it | Tech | Life & Style

WhatsApp users should be aware of a new scam doing the rounds on the successful messaging platform. Unlike previous scam messages that have circulated on the Facebook-owned chat app, this latest message actually contains an element of truth. The WhatsApp hoax encourages users to forward on the message, like the chain-mail messages that used to plague email users in years gone-by. The first half of the message is a hoax, warning users of a so-called “Martinelli Video” capable of hacking your smartphone when viewed on your device. However, the second…

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Gemma Atkinson announces shock career move post-Strictly and it leaves some ‘DEVASTATED’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

The actress, who made it to the final of Strictly Come Dancing last year, has seen her career go from strength-to-strength since the BBC series and now her next move has been announced. The 33-year-old took to Twitter to confirm that she would be fronting a new breakfast show for Hits Radio, and she was soon inundated with replies from her 234,000 followers. Gemma Atkinson started: “So excited to be joining forces with @GethincJones and @davidvitty on the brand new Hits Radio breakfast show.” The former Hollyoaks favourite continued: “Starting…

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