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Derbyshire launches first time buyer mortgage

Derbyshire Building Society has launched a first time buyer mortgage to help home-buyers get a foot on the housing ladder. It is a three-year stepped discount with a reduction off its standard variable rate, currently 5.59 per cent, of 2.40 per cent in the first year, 1.44 per cent in the second and 1.00 per cent in the third. It has a loan to value of 95 per cent in its core operating area, and 90 per cent elsewhere.

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HSA cashplan offers premium waiver on job switches

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