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Signs of the times: renewed activity in the housing market is held as a cause of celebration, but rising prices just mean your next home will cost more

Kate Hughes: House price rise doesn't have any bearing on real life

Your home might be worth more on the market, but you still need somewhere to live

In for a penny: More people are being caught in the inheritance tax net but one solution is to give money away

Rising house prices means more will face inheritance tax

Making use of your allowances now can reduce your IHT liabilities to the minimum. By Chiara Cavaglieri

The number of mortgages approved by banks to home buyers soared to a 17-month high in June

Loans to first-time house buyers at highest level since 2007

The number of buyers climbing onto the property ladder for the first time is at its highest level since the financial crash in 2007, figures revealed today.

Traditional estate agents are a less risky way of getting a quick sale

'Quick-sale' schemes finally come under the spotlight

Beware of companies which promise to find a speedy buyer for your home, warns Chiara Cavaglieri

Is buying property in Gibraltar a rock-solid investment?

The neighbours can be sticky but that hasn't stopped a flurry of property investment, writes Graham Norwood
Mogs have taken over from dogs as the world’s No 1 pet

It’s 10pm - do you know where your moggy is? Wildlife campaigner calls for cat curfew

The claws are out for cats who are free to roam at night. The wildlife campaigner Rosie Catford (no, really) of the Wildlives Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Essex has come out in favour of a cat curfew, of the kind already seen in some parts of the US and Australia, in a bid to save some of the “200 million birds and small animals killed by domestic cats every year in Britain”.

More homes on the market – but prices rise again

The booming property market paused for breath in July as more sellers dipped their toe in the water, new figures showed today.

The first stage of Help to Buy was launched in April

Revealed: Fresh details on Government's Help-to-Buy housing scheme

Chancellor met housebuilders and mortgage lenders to flesh out plans to underwrite £130bn of mortgage lending

Maybe investors should consider commercial rather than residential property?

Shares or property – what's best?

It's your choice because both bricks and mortar and stocks are on the up, says Julian Knight

Cheap prices put Spanish property back on the map

There are bargains to be had on homes in the sun, but be careful, warn Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight
Upcott Farm, a five-bedroom, Grade II-listed farmhouse near the north Devon coast

From city living to a country farmhouse

An idyllic retreat need not be a fantasy – as one couple found out

House prices hit boom levels as first-time buyers flood in

Almost a third of postcodes saw rising house prices in June – the highest amount since the peak of the housing boom in September 2007, according to figures published today.

An enterprising vendor in east London has given their bedroom a boudoir feel by leaving a racy fuchsia negligee, complete with bottle of red and two glasses on the bed for the estate agent’s snapper to capture

Who lives in a house like this? Some vendors will go to great lengths to sell their property

What’s the best way to sell your house to a potential buyer? Put a pot of coffee on to brew before they arrive or make sure there are fresh flowers in every room when your estate agent comes around to take some pictures for its online listing? Well, one enterprising vendor in east London has given their bedroom a boudoir feel by leaving a racy fuchsia negligee, complete with bottle of red and two glasses on the bed for the estate agent’s snapper to capture.

An offset mortgage can save you money on your interest payments, and potentially reduce your term, but it will end up costing you more

House prices show strong growth

House prices have recorded their fastest growth in almost three years in a further sign that the market is gathering pace, Nationwide has reported.

The downside of lodgers is having to share your home, just ask Rigsby, centre, in TV sitcom ‘Rising Damp’

On the house: How to make extra cash from your home

From taking in a lodger to renting out a parking space, Chiara Cavaglieri offers some ideas to generate income

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