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Des res: The newly transformed East Village near the Olympic Stadium in London

Estate agents full of cheer as house-price boom is set to return

For the first time in years, prospects are starting to look brighter across the whole of the country, not just in London

No house of fun: the regulators need to stop the descent of leaseholders into high charges`

Julian Knight: Managing agents rip off too many leaseholders

It is one of the great hidden rip-offs in our society: managing agents and the charges they levy on leaseholders.

Taking the plunge on houseboat living

With the cost of property soaring, canal life is looking more attractive than ever for some

Property: House prices forecast to rise 10 per cent

House prices will be 10 per cent higher in five years’ time than previously expected, the official forecaster said yesterday, in a prediction likely to stoke concerns that the Government’s mortgage market subsidies risk creating a destabilising house price bubble.

A slogan is for life: Clarissa Baldwin and friend

Canine crusade: Clarissa Baldwin - CEO of the Dogs Trust - has quite a tail to tell

Baldwin is the brains behind the slogan "A Dog is for Life not just for Christmas"

House prices surged by 6.5% over past year, Nationwide reports

Latest monthly increase of 0.6 per cent took average UK house values to £174,566

David and Victoria Beckham buy west London home for £40m

The former footballer and Spice Girl are expected to invest £5m on doing the house up to their own specifications

Fighting neglect: ‘Property for a pound’ schemes have taken off in areas such as Liverpool

First-time buyers given a push across the threshold

From £1 houses to Help to Buy, Julian Knight looks at the schemes that help people on to the housing ladder

Bidding war: Some sellers are accepting five or six offers in order to get the best price for their home

The curse of gazumping is back with a vengeance

The issue of greedy house sellers asking buyers for more cash has spread outside the capital. Julian Knight reports

David Cameron at an Altrincham housing development in September when he unveiled the scheme

Help to Buy: More evidence of a property boom (and why it’s a bad news story)

Help to Buy is boosting demand more than supply  of new houses

House sales 'set to return to pre-crash levels'

The number of property sales in the UK will return to pre-financial crash levels by 2016, according to estate agency group Hamptons.

Dogs signal to other dogs via their tails in ways hidden from humans. At top right is an inset image of the dog's heart rate while the dog was watching the video

What your dog’s tail wagging tells you about his emotions

Tail wagging means a lot more to a dog than “I’m pleased to see you”, research has shown.

Ben Chu: Our housing problems are worse than a bubble

Economic View
Some letting agents have been accused of preying on tenants and 'making fees up as they go along'

Tenants in the dark as letting charges spiral out of control

Unscrupulous agents are levying fees of hundreds of pounds with no justification, says Chiara Cavaglieri

Window Pain: Saving a deposit and then finding a mortgage can prove hard for older buyers

London house buying 'frenzy' sees prices jump 10% in just a month

Asking prices for London properties have climbed to £544,231 - £30,000 higher than the all-time record set in July.

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