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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

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

British houses are now less likely to be owned by the families living in them than a decade ago

Britons forced out of their castles and into landlords'arms

Inaccessible mortgages, stagnant wages and high house prices have all led to a the first drop in homeowners in 100 years. By Chiara Cavaglieri

High risers: Rental prices in London's Docklands recovered within a year of the market crash

Buy-to-let booms as investors seek real returns

Landlords have prospered as tenant numbers rise and mortgage rates fall. Alister Foye reports

The Funding for Lending scheme has helped push mortgage rates to record lows

England and Wales drive 1.9% increase in house prices but Scotland and Northern Ireland lag behind

House prices climbed by 1.9% year-on-year in February, but England and Wales drove the increase while Scotland and Northern Ireland posted falls, official figures showed today.

The Bluebird restaurant in London has launched a new dog-friendly menu to win over dog-owning customers.

The dog-friendly restaurants where the meat is best served on the bone...

On Friday, invitations went out to next week’s “VIP launch night of Bites and Bones” at the Bluebird restaurant in London. Held to celebrate a new dog-friendly menu, the event promises “doggie cocktails,  canapés and goodie bags”.

Julian Knight: Housing wealth that lifted parents is holding their children back

Whatever you might think of Margaret Thatcher, one thing is for sure: the explosion in home ownership that took place in her time in office increased the wealth of Britain's working class to a greater extent than almost any other move in our country's economic history.

The Haining estate is protecting by three residents who pay just £180 a month to live there

Dream homes for guardian angels

Chiara Cavaglieri finds out how you can live for very little cost in stately homes or empty hospitals, in return for fending off squatters and vandals

Murray Dellow has been trying to sell his beach hut at Holland-on-Sea since summer 2010

Beach hut sales all at sea as cold wind of recession blows

Prices are sinking as our long-running love affair with them is being soured by rent rises, vandals and arsonists, reports Graham Norwood

Rise in swift evictions for unpaid rent

Landlords are moving faster than ever to evict tenants who fall into arrears according to new figures from Sweet & Maxwell, the leading legal information provider.

The latest star of the BBC is a golden retriever called Miss Molly

Google, Amazon, The BBC: Office dogs are giving us paws for thought

It seems the latest star of the BBC is a golden retriever called Miss Molly. If you caught the politics show This Week you would have noticed that the  10-month-old dog was given free rein of the studio and so decided to have a wander around the set. She even had a snooze in the lap of guest David Starkey and cuddled up to Terry Wogan.

The Chancellor's Budget added new schemes aimed at getting the property market moving

Budget's incentive schemes cautiously welcome first buyers

Low-deposit mortgages were at the heart of the financial crisis but the Help to Buy scheme is a little different, writes Chiara Cavaglieri

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
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Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
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Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Getting young people to vote

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