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

The housing market varies greatly across the country

Number of people planning to move home has doubled over the last 12 months

"New Year is traditionally a time for planning and looking ahead, and moving home is again becoming a priority for many people"

Berkeley founder Tony Pidgley buys £11m flat amid dividend cheer

Berkeley founder Tony Pidgley is spending £10.5 million on one of the developer’s own luxury apartments in Belgravia, it was revealed today.

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.

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

The cars can be a money-spinner but HMRC will be watching in case you are regarded as trading in them

Classic cars can be the route to escaping tax while motoring to soaring profits

Investors are turning to classic cars as they don't attract capital gains tax. With CGT charged at 28 per cent for higher-rate taxpayers, and 18 per cent otherwise, savings can be huge.

Rentokil: Ratcatcher poisoned by contract losses

Rentokil's facilities management arm is following the wrong growth strategy, say critics

Foreigners price hedge funds out of Mayfair

Hedge funds are being priced out of their favoured London homes in Mayfair and St James's as wealthy foreign buyers snap up properties and landlords ramp up rents to levels even the financial elite cannot afford.

Safe-haven seekers propel prime London house prices to new highs

Property prices in prime central London locations jumped by 0.7 per cent to a new record in May as wealthy Europeans flocked to the capital looking for a safe haven for their money amid the Eurozone crisis.

The penthouse at The Shard (right) will be the highest home in Europe

Live the high life: the penthouse apartment with the best view in town

A vast £50m penthouse as large a seven-bedroom house has been planned for the top of the Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper, it has been reported.

Battersea Power Station offered for sale

One of the UK's most striking buildings is to be offered for sale on the open market for the first time in its history.

Job losses in City hit rental market

Thousands of City job losses are hitting London's top-end rental market as bonuses are slashed and banks cut back on accommodation budgets, according to the estate agency Knight Frank.

Don't worry, be happy: But do take care of the details, so your place in the sun is secure

Ten top tips to find your new home in the sun

Don't let your dreams of living abroad turn into a nightmare. Do your homework, says Chiara Cavaglieri

Call to end clock 'ritual'

A Tory MP called for a debate on happiness yesterday, and urged an end to the "depressing ritual" of turning the clocks back in the autumn.

Home suite home: Old seaside hotels are being turned into luxury flats

They're providing unique opportunities for investors andfirst-time buyers alike. Graham Norwood gives his star rating

Second-home ownership rises

The number of people who own a second home in Britain soared to a record level in 2009, according to research by the estate agency Knight Frank.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness