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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.

Investment Insider: What to do with your Royal Mail shares?

Investors must decide whether to keep them or take a quick profit

Development with a difference: The Salleresd’Aude village in France attracted little interest until it was marketed to the gay community

Salleres-d'Aude: Is this the ideal place to set up home if you're gay and grey?

Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight report on a property development with a big difference in France

Investment Insider: How can you ride the house price wave?

It's not only the builders that stand to stage a recovery

The next stage of Help to Buy is here, but will it really help?

As first-timers get new government aid to purchase a home, Chiara Cavaglieri looks at the pros and cons

House prices on climb as the regions spring back into life

House prices are rising at their fastest rate since May 2007 as London property surges ahead and many regional markets show their first positive growth for more than five years, latest research suggests.

As rents rise, there may not be a better time to buy

Cheap mortgages can help you, not your landlord, benefit from the market, says Chiara Cavaglieri

The 10 Best pet gadgets

From drinking bowls to collar-attached cameras and useful apps, we look at the best ways to care for your dog and cat

Soaring rents at 11-year high

Rents are at the highest level for more than a decade as house prices stretch beyond the means of would-be buyers, according to new research.

House prices to continue surge as bubble fears grow

House prices are set to increase far faster than first thought, according to Britain’s biggest online property site.

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Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

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Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
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How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
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The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
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Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Who is Oliver Bonas?

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