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

How to find the best digs in town

Accommodation for students is more costly than ever, so it pays to shop around

Take your job for a test run: On-the-job training lets graduates try a wide variety of specialisms

When Knight Frank offered Edward Plumley the chance to go to Paris as part of his graduate training to become a surveyor, he jumped at the chance. “When I was interviewed, they said there was a possibility to spend time overseas. I have French roots and was very keen,” says Plumley, who, like a growing number of graduates on these schemes, has a noncognate undergraduate degree (ie, not related to surveying) – in his case, a BA in international management.

Fields of gold: Investors discover lucrative haven in Britain's farmland

As house prices fall, the cost of rural land soars to record highs; Overseas buyers and flight from cities produce 40 per cent rise in values

The hardcore 'Penthouse', yours for $100m

Or, to be exact, $99,999,999: that's the price of porn publisher Bob Guccione's Manhattan townhouse

Northern waterways draw a rising flow of investors

Investment in the great Northern canal networks is being rewarded. By Cheryl Markosky

Fear of flying

The proposed second runway at Stansted has led many to expect prices to fall. But Gwenda Brophy finds the 'honeypot' villages of Essex are holding up well

Property: Who needs Mr Right?

Instead of waiting, single women are buying houses, says Gwenda Joyce-Brophy

Property: River of many returns

The Thames has been reborn as a vital part of the capital.

Estate agents miss out on London house price boom

Competition for business has put a squeeze on margins. Amanda Seidl reports

Property: It's grand up North

Northern cities are leading the way in urban regeneration. By Mary Wilson

Property: Three To View For a Highland Fling

THE TRESHNISH Islands off the island of Mull, covering 320 acres, are a seabird sanctuary and were once a strategic Viking base. There hasn't been a community here for more than 100 years. A naturalist's paradise (and where better to greet the millennium?). Knight Frank want offers over pounds 400,000 (0131-225 8171).

Property: Too many millionaires

So, you've made it in the City - what now? You buy a big house in the country, of course. But what if thousands of high flyers chase the same dream? Welcome to the new pounds 1m dilemma.
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