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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

Average home asking price hits £250,000 as confidence picks up

Average property asking prices have climbed above a quarter of a million for the first time, amid signs that the positive outlook in London has spread to every region.

Stagecraft: How to show your home in its best light

Sharp presentation can make all the difference in forcing through a sale. By Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight
If you are thinking of buying a property as an investment, now is the time to act with prices lower amid increasing demand for rentals

It's boom time for buy-to-let, so here's your homework

'Generation rent' is good news for landlords, but don't expect an easy ride, warns Chiara Cavaglieri

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.

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