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New mortgage range from Leeds & Holbeck

Leeds & Holbeck is launching a range of new mortgages, including a three year fixed rate loan of 4.74 per cent. This is fixed until June 1, 2005 on loans up to 90 per cent of property values with no extended lock-ins. This rises to 5.24 per cent up for 95 per cent. Borrowers can make capital repayments of up to 10 per cent of each year of the fixed rate period.

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