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Prices rose by 2.6 per cent year-on-year to £166,898 on average

House prices have grown fastest in years, says Halifax

2.6% year-on-year growth to average £166,898 marks biggest annual uplift since September 2010

London's exclusive property prices given a reality check

Even the wallets of wealthy buyers are showing the strain of London's inflated property market, with prices falling in Knightsbridge and Belgravia.

'Pick up' in house prices recorded in sign of market confidence, says Nationwide

House prices have recorded their strongest year-on-year growth in 18 months, in further signs that the market is gathering momentum, Nationwide has reported.

YummyPets: The new social network for your furry friends

Tech-savvy dogs and cats can now interact with their animal brethren on a new social network for pets.

Brits are the main buyers on the Algarve, where summer temperatures can hit 30 degrees

Starved of sun? Algarve offers Brits attractive property escape route

There's plenty to attract property buyers and investors, writes Monica Woodley – not least a resilient market

Tough property market causes rent price hike

Rents are rising throughout England and Wales for the first time since November 2011, according to LSL Property Services.

On shaky ground Dubai is the world’s second-most booming property market – but prices are still 35 per cent down on 2006 levels after a $10m bailout from neighbours Abu Dhabi

The winners and losers in overseas property game

Exotic, obscure locations were the place to buy in 2006 but the game has changed. By Graham Norwood

Help to Buy scheme boosts demand

Demand for property hit a three-year peak in April as state initiatives boosted the market.

A show jumping Rabbit clears a hurdle at the London Pet Show

Jump rabbit, jump rabbit, jump jump jump: Showjumping bunnies star at London Pet Show

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. The accompanying picture is indeed a showjumping rabbit, taking part in an agility test at the London Pet Show, which took place at the weekend.

Catherine Gagon, 26, is renting but wants to get on to the property ladder

Wealth Check: It's so hard to buy my first house thanks to the cost of renting

Catherine Gagon makes £35,000 a year but thinks she will have to move to cheaper accommodation to save up enough for a deposit

Cashing in on London is Britain's new property trend

Julian Knight reports on downpricing, where the capital's homeowners sell up to gain space or a better lifestyle
A new system allows cat owners to track their pets

When the cat’s away: new system allow owners to track their errant moggies' movements

A new way of tracking the movements of elusive felines is launched – much to the relief of Tom Cox

Bill Jenkins, pictured at his newly built home in Staines, Surrey

Tax change lays foundation for self-build boom in UK

Infrastructure levy exemption will make it cheaper for extreme DIYers

Property market in London shows signs of pre-crash vigour

London's property market is showing signs of demand not seen since before the recent property crash with key indicators reaching levels last registered in 2007.

Paws for thought: Gary Downie, founder of Streetkleen, isn’t one to shy away from dog mess

Fido strikes gold with Britain’s most noxious biofuel: dog excrement

Scourge of the nation’s pavements is to be turned into electricity

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