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House prices continue to rise in August

Average price of a house is now £170,514

People outside an estate agent's window in London

New figures show rise in first-time buyer numbers

First-time buyers in London at highest level since 2007 and up a third in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Plans for future wind farms in Britain could be in jeopardy

Exclusive: UN ruling puts future of UK wind farms in jeopardy

Tribunal warns that the Government acted illegally by denying public participation

Foxtons set to double in size as it pushes to raise £55 million

London's most aggressive estate agent Foxtons today said it would double in size over the next five years as it announced plans to raise £55 million next month.

How emerging markets raked in the money

More than $1.1trn (£705bn) has been pumped into emerging markets since 2008 as investors deterred by rock-bottom interest rates and money printing in the West sought higher returns, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said yesterday.

Laura Steele is campaigning against the proposed housing development near the Warwickshire village of Lighthorne

A rural retreat near Stratford-upon-Avon? Not if you build 4,800 homes on it

Country idyll under threat - and residents fear Tory cronyism could be at work

A general view of houses in residential streets in Newport, Wales

Buyer enquiries up in Wales

Welsh house prices have dropped £2,500 in the past 12 months

UK house asking prices leap by 5.5 per cent in a year

There is more upbeat news for the property market today as the UK’s largest survey of asking prices reveals they have climbed 5.5 per cent in the last year.

GDP figures to keep UK on roll

Run of upbeat economic news could be continued by surprise revision on growth
Rushing to buy could be an expensive mistake - if there's a bubble and price deflation, you're more likely to end up in negative equity and stuck with a property from which you can't escape

Beware of the bubble as home prices climb

Don't panic and rush to buy just because you're told prices are rising

Chelsea tops property Premier League

If the Premier League was based on average house prices, Chelsea and Fulham would be joint champions, Arsenal and Tottenham would take the remaining Champions League places, and West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Stoke City would be relegated.

The number of mortgages approved by banks to home buyers soared to a 17-month high in June

Loans to first-time house buyers at highest level since 2007

The number of buyers climbing onto the property ladder for the first time is at its highest level since the financial crash in 2007, figures revealed today.

Homeowners at risk from rogue operators

Dirty tricks are being employed to maximise sale commissions

The number of buy-to-let mortgages hits five-year high

Boom in buy-to-let mortgages could lead to unsustainable house price bubble

Mortgage availability at a five-year high as amount lent topped £5bn in second quarter of 2013

'Very modest' house purchases now hit with high-level stamp duty

One in four homebuyers now made to pay at least £7,500 to Treasury

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