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Kylie&#39s home truths

Kylie Minogue tops the list of most wanted lodgers, with 41 per cent of men naming her as their ideal housemate, according to a survey of first-time buyers by Yorkshire Building Society.

However, the survey reveals that women are more practical, with 21 per cent opting for the cooking skills of Jamie Oliver rather than the good looks of Brad Pitt, who got just 13 per cent of the vote.

The survey reveals that the most important purchase for all new homebuyers was a bed at 36 per cent. However, the second choice differed between males and females, with 23 per cent of females preferring a washing machine compared with 28 per cent of males opting for a TV, DVD player or hi-fi.

The research marks the launch of a new range of mortgage products for first-time buyers available up to 100 per cent loan to value and offer a choice of fixed and variable rates.

General manager (marketing) Iain Cornish says: “Our research showed that mortgage-free living was what first-time buyers would miss the most so we have designed our new products without any major upfront costs.”

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