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Recession will have lasted three years longer than any other in the past 100 years

EDL founder Tommy Robinson jailed

The 31-year-old admitted two counts of mortgage fraud

Davos 2014: UK bosses among the world's most upbeat on sales and job creation

The world's elite swept into Davos yesterday on a fair wind of rising confidence among business leaders as well as higher global growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund.

House prices in London and the South-east are rising fast

House prices growing at 'fastest annual pace since 2007'

Year-on-year increase of 6.3%  in prices is the highest annual rise seen since November 2007

Construction workers building new homes at a housing development in Filton, Bristol

Taylor Wimpey boss Pete Redfern warns against 'Help to Buy' extension

Taylor Wimpey chief Pete Redfern has warned against any long-term extension to the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, currently fattening sales and profits across the housebuilding sector.

James Moore: Housing market still needs support to build sales

Outlook Countrywide, the property services company that is an estate agent, a surveyor, and a letting agent (so everything to do with houses apart from the building of them) is sitting pretty.

Barratt sales up 71% lifted by Help to Buy scheme

Barratt Developments, the biggest builder by volumes, has unveiled a huge 71 per cent rise in sales reservations to £1.26 billion — inspired by the Government’s Help to Buy scheme

Are rising house prices leading to higher numbers of homemovers?

Meanwhile, more than a third of borrowers worry that their mortgage application will be turned down

Halifax predicts that house prices are set to rise across 2014 at a similar pace to last year

House prices rose 7.5% in 2013 but faltered in December, reports Halifax

Building Society forecasts an increase of between 4-8 per cent across the UK over 2014

UK house prices rose 5.5 per cent in the 12 months to last October

Housing market parties like it's 1999

The new year is starting with a bang with the number of experts expecting prices will continue rising at a 14-year high

Buyers at auction are often in the market for a wide selection of cheaper, quirkier properties than the average estate agents

Majority of people think it's a good time to sell their home

However, one in eleven facing rent or mortgage trouble in January

David Cameron: Prime Minister becomes catalogue man in most comically staged photoshoot of his career

Was Cameron's plan to rope in some ordinary-looking types to promote the Help To Buy scheme? It appears to have gone laughably awry...

First-time buyers are lured by lower interest rates and the Government's mortgage subsidies

First-time homebuyer numbers shoot up 28 per cent thanks to low loan rates

First-time buyers are still flooding back to the property market, lured by lower interest rates and the Government's mortgage subsidies. Transactions numbered 27,800 in November, up 28 per cent on a year earlier, according to the latest survey by LSL Property Services.

Resurgent demand and a falling supply of new homes helped to push house prices up by 4.4 per cent in the last year

House prices set to rise further after jumping 4.4% in 2013

Broader based recovery in housing market dependent on ‘real’ economic growth

Feast day: Christmas tea for a family in 1919. Menus change, but not the spirit

Christmas should be as much about the elderly as it is the young

Making time for our elders at Christmas makes the season more meaningful for all invoved

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has said he will increase rates when unemployment falls below 7 per cent

Remortgage now, ahead of the rate rises

When it comes to home loans the only way is up, so don't delay if you're looking for a better deal

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