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Asking prices rise as house market confidence grows

Home sellers are finally growing in confidence, judging by a survey by Rightmove of more than 100,000 asking prices across the country.

Spanish affair: Well-established, upmarket developments, such as PGA Catalunya are seeing something of a resurgence

Luxury rally could bring sunny days back to property in Spain

There may still be hundreds of ghost developments, but there are signs that high-end resorts are leading a comeback

Rising property prices enable homeowners to increase their options

There's a spring in the step for homebuyers

A buoyant housing market and a good supply of funds are driving down interest rates and boosting sales

What is your ideal home?

When 3,500 homeowners were asked to choose what would make up their ideal home if money was no object, they didn't pick a mansion or modern ecobuild. Instead most of us aspire to have a detached Victorian house in the country.

Haatchi: He might not be a cuddly puppy or a lovely labrador, but this Anatolian shepherd dog has a heart of gold (despite, sob, losing his leg and tail after being tied to train tracks). He’s the constant companion of seven-year-old Owen Hopkins, who suffers from a rare genetic condition. If Haatchi doesn’t sound angelic enough, he and Owen spend their spare time raising money for a number of charities. Give that dog a bone.

Cutest at Crufts and beyond: It's the dogs of awwwwww...

As three-legged hound Haatchi wins the  people’s prize at Crufts, how do these celebrated cute canines compare to our hairy hero?

Jilly beat more than 20,000 other dogs to take the coveted Crufts title

You little beauty: rare dog breed Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen wins Crufts Best in Show

A Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen called Jilly was tonight crowned Best in Show at Crufts.

Doors open for second steppers trapped in their homes

Chiara Cavaglieri takes a look at schemes to help the 'forgotten' property owners who want to move on

Alas, when I logged on to try and put my cat Onion on the map, it was having teething troubles

Cat lovers of the world unite and take co-ordinates

Do you love maps? Do you love cats? If so, check out the Zoological Society of London’s latest promotional wheeze, which combines the two. Catography, if you will. The idea is that in the run up to the opening of London Zoo’s new Tiger Territory area (a £3.6m enclosure where endangered  Sumatran tigers will be living) on the 22 March, cat fans can add the location and name of their moggy to an interactive map of the world.

You can earn up to £4,250 a year tax free by renting out a spare room

Renting out a room can open the door to extra cash

Making money from spare space could ease financial problems. But stick to the rules, reports Julian Knight

The self-build boom that failed to get past the foundations

The coaltion's pledge to revolutionise the construct-your-own market has had a slow start, but there are signs of change, reports Graham Norwood
Rotherham, Preston and Doncaster were named as the towns and cities with the highest proportion of price-reduced properties

An improving market? More house-sellers stick to the asking price

Revealed: the top and bottom areas for reductions across the country

House prices near peaks seen before recession

Property asking prices have neared their pre-crisis peaks, according to the latest RightMove House Price Survey, published today.

'Urgent action' needed to protect tenants

Tenants urgently need better protection according to the Office of Fair Trading, after an analysis of more than 4,000 tenant and landlord complaints found that there was widespread malpractice.

Weather-proof your garden furniture

England isn’t the most forgiving country when it comes to the weather. While many of us invest in garden furniture for those summer months, weather-proofing it is essential all year long.

Safeguard your home improvement project: create a snagging list

If you employ a tradesman to carry out work on your property, then you should check for defects and document them in a list around two weeks before the work is due to be completed. This is when the tradesman serves notice and it will give him/her time to correct any flaws before the job is complete. Most importantly, this will happen before you part with the full sum of money.

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