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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.

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

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada