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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.

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Even the wallets of wealthy buyers are showing the strain of London's inflated property market, with prices falling in Knightsbridge and Belgravia.

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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.

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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

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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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