Property The restoration game: Crossways in leafy Hanwell, west London, has failed to sell at auction and may continue to lie derelict

Plus Six Nations property breakdown, empty homes, homelessness, and rents in UK cities

Foxtons to float amid strong housing market

Foxtons, the estate agents chain, will float on the London Stock Exchange today with an estimated value of about £650m.

New York City housing: Is this the issue that will win the mayoral race for Bill de Blasio?

Rents are sky-high, while homelessness is back at Great Depression levels

Toni Bloomfield (pictured with her partner Paul Bolton) pays £98 extra a month in bedroom tax

Exclusive: 50,000 people are now facing eviction after bedroom tax

One council tenant in three has been pushed into rent arrears since April, while tens of thousands in housing association properties are also affected

Egyptian police arrest Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, Gehad El-Haddad

Police arrested Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad today, three security officials said, the latest high-profile detention in the army-backed authorities’ crackdown on the Islamist movement.

Brickies secure huge pay rises on back of new homes demand

Bricklayers' pay has surged 20% in the past six months as housebuilders struggle to keep up with a surge in demand for homes driven by the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, an industry boss said today.

2 bedroom flat to rent in Cross Street, Oxford, for £254 pw with Penny & Sinclair

Prices of flats and terraces up by a third

Detached property prices now average over £200,000

House prices to continue surge as bubble fears grow

House prices are set to increase far faster than first thought, according to Britain’s biggest online property site.

The economy is turning a corner? No, Osborne is just taking us all for a ride

In the labour market evidence suggests many, or even most,  are being left behind

Anthony Hilton: State must step in to avoid social catastrophe of housing shortage

You have to go back to the 1920s to find a time when we built fewer houses

Leap in housing orders builds hopes for UK economy boost

A £4 billion boost in new housing today sparked hopes that Britain’s builders will be able to keep pace with a surge in demand for new homes and boost the wider economy.

Barclays chief Antony Jenkins sounds alarm over boom in house prices and 'Help to Buy' scheme

Vince Cable cautioned against complacency on the state of the nation’s economic recovery

The so-called 'bedroom tax' will affect 660,000 social housing tenants

Why on earth has the UN stuck its neck into the bedroom tax?

There is no basis for a Brazilian ex-politician to lecture us on social housing

UN investigator Raquel Rolnik calls for Government's 'bedroom tax' to be axed

Raquel Rolnik, a former urban planning minister in Brazil, visited council estates, food banks and homelessness crisis centres in various parts of the UK

Deals of the week - Torquay, Kefalonia, America

Less than £200... The Agatha Christie Festival is celebrated in the writer's Devon hometown of Torquay from 15-22 September. Great Little Breaks is offering a two-night B&B stay, starting 15 September, at the Imperial Hotel for £189 per couple, including a three-course dinner. Greatlittlebreaks.com

Who is the typical first time buyer?

There were 26,100 first-time buyer sales in July, 8,100 more than a year ago

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