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Only 34 per cent of first-time buyers in the UK were able to buy their home without any extra help last year

Lenders get innovative to give first-time buyers a boost

A new line of products have been launched for house hunters who have only a limited deposit. Chiara Cavaglieri sees how they compare

The average 5-year fixed mortgage has gone down from 5.41% to 4.55% since 2010

House prices rise at highest rate seen in seven months

Two-thirds of homeowners are predicting that house prices will increase in the first half of this year, as official figures show that prices have risen at the highest rate seen in seven months.

Don’t forget to include your garden when sprucing up your house to sell

Want to sell your property in a stagnant market? Do the spade work

Before the first viewer crosses the threshold ensure all the groundwork is in place

Montenegro is predicted to have the world's fastest growing tourism industry in the next 10 years

Whether for holidays or investment: Home in on abroad

British prices are in the doldrums, but sterling is on the rise, so now is the time to seek overseas options

Chemical burn cat gets new fur coat

A cat which suffered chemical burns to 60 per cent of its body causing its black-and-white fur to fall out is recovering and its coat is growing back.

Cats killed in Cannock cattery fire

Two cats are confirmed dead and at least 18 unaccounted for after a blaze ripped through a cattery, firefighters said today.

Can Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium become Britain's first cat café?

A bid to crowd-fund an eaterie where people can enjoy tea and cuddles with cats is gathering momentum

Little change on the home front in 2013 as things stay tight

Experts predict property prices will stay virtually flat next year. Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight report

Protect your home from flooding

During the winter months, heavy rain is frequently forecast. Not only is it unpleasant, it can seriously harm your property. Following this guide will help you to ward off the damage.

Should you improve your home or move?

A growing family places extra demands on space and while your two or three bed property may no longer satisfy your needs, selling and trading up isn’t the only option.

What you need to know to hire a good tradesman

To get the most out of your tradesman experience, it’s important that both yourself and the tradesman are happy. For this to happen you’ll need to be 100% comfortable with who you choose to hire. Doing your research before hiring is the best way to achieve this.

How to save money by making your boiler more energy efficient

Now that winter is upon us, many of us are spending more time indoors. Top of everybody’s checklist is a home that can deal with the cold days and nights ahead. Your first priority should be your boiler as it provides a great deal of warmth through heating your radiators.

Bank scheme still not helping first-timers

First-time buyers and those with small deposits have seen barely any benefit of cheaper loan costs from the Bank of England's Funding for Lending scheme so far, according to figures compiled for the Independent.

A unit at Vita's Tinlings site in Liverpool. Overseas students demand high standards

Students with cash drive demand for luxury digs

Off-campus living has changed, and the right properties can be good investments, says Chiara Cavaglieri

The Only Way Is Essex

TOWIE and Made in Chelsea turn-off house hunters

TOWIE, Made in Chelsea, Geordie Shore and The Valleys may be popular with viewers, but new research claims they are preventing people from buying homes in the areas they are set.

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