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Online mortgage applications are set to double. And why it’s cheaper to build your own home...

The 16,000-square-foot duplex penthouse is part of the One Hyde Park complex in Knightsbridge

Pussy riot: Photographer Alexandra Crockett's book Metal Cats celebrates the metalheads who have a soft spot for their moggies

On stage, they are the lords of darkness; back at home, they can’t wait to cuddle up to their kitties

Oscar Quine and his seven-year-old Jack Russell, Billie, enjoying the hospitality at The Arch hotel

It's a dog's life at The Arch - the latest five-star boutique hotel catering for Britain’s pet-pampering boom

Pipless fruit salad and peppermint tea on the menu for Oscar Quine's overfed Jack Russell Billie

An artist's impression of an apartment living room at the Battersea Power Station

Sales open for flats in Battersea Power Station in May - but at £800,000 for a studio they aren't cheap

For more than 30 years it has lain abandoned and derelict on the south bank of the River Thames, but Battersea Power Station is about to be reborn as a luxury residence – with towering asking prices to match its vast white chimneys.

Emma Reynolds visits the block of flats in Walsall, where she used to lived with her mother

Sell off land so people can build their own homes, says Labour minister

Shadow housing minister will challenge power of councils and developers to help self-build projects

Mike Penn’s sleek home and its up-to-the-minute interiors sit behind a mews entrance in Fitzrovia

Smart shades of grey

Inspired by New York lofts, photographer Mike Penn turned a central London office into a cool urban living space and created the perfect backdrop to hang his pictures

It's a fix: when Simon Read saw his bill for roof repairs, he felt he was being overcharged

The day I took on the tradesmen's guild

When Simon Read, The Independent's personal finance editor, hired a roofer to repair storm damage, he was shocked to see that half the bill consisted of travel time. So he wrote about it – and all hell was let loose

Promised Land: Letchworth, Herfordshire (pictured above in 1912), is one of only two true garden cities built in England

Why garden cities are streets ahead

As George Osborne plans a new garden city at Ebbsfleet, Sarah Rutherford hopes he'll remember the progressive ideals upon which these urban utopias were founded

Jason Lynn with Ricky the Standard Poodle, as they celebrate winning the Best in Show category of Crufts during the final day at Crufts Dog Show on 9 March 2014 in Birmingham, England

Crufts Best-in-Show: Ricky the poodle really is the top dog

Ricky the poodle won the world’s biggest dog show prize after being named Best-in-Show at Crufts from more than 21,000 entrants.

Jim Blackender, pictured in front of his prefab in July 2009, was the leader of a fight to save the prefabs from demolition. He now lives in Kent; his prefab home is now boarded up

Prefabs in peril: Britain's largest remaining estate of the postwar homes is under threat

They were built to last only 10 years. Seven decades on, the 187 homes of Britain's largest remaining prefab estate stand strong. But now the local council is set on demolition – so one photographer has given the residents the least their extraordinary homes deserve: a museum

Safe as houses? Sir Peter Bottomley says there is a growing political will to protect leaseholders

Our campaign for the rights of leaseholders may lead to a new law

Readers, property professionals and MPs back Independent on Sunday drive to legislate against dodgy practices that ensnare homeowners

Phone home: The first house bought on a mobile using the Barclays Pingit app

Buying your home with a mobile phone

Technology is an unavoidable part of the property market, but Barclays and auctioneer Savills have taken it a step further, says Chiara Cavaglieri

Snowball effect: The birthplace of the Games can claim its own legacy as investor interest increases

Buying into winter wonderlands is more than a game

With Sochi under way, Richard Way looks at Chamonix, in the French Alps, where the first Winter Olympics were held in 1924

Rural campaigners and lobbying groups obstruct the construction of new housing on Britain's 'green belt'

Britain is suffering from a housing crisis - who is to blame and how can we fix it?

The Independent's economics editor Ben Chu rates the possible culprits and touted solutions and asks how likely they are to help us get through this mess…

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