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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.

Mayfair developers are hoping for a happy landing with Cambridgeshire airfield project

A pair of Mayfair high-fliers have plans for a disused Cold War airfield, says Laura Chesters

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Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
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Bread from heaven

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Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before