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

Countryside seeks to regain its placing in the Square Mile

Countryside Properties, one of the UK's biggest housebuilders, is aiming to return to the Stock Exchange in 2016, only weeks after being bought by a US hedge fund.

Mortgage approvals at their lowest for seven months

Meanwhile, house prices climbed £1,355 in February

Renters paid a total of £7.7 billion more in 2012 than in 2008

The number of private renters in England rose to 3.8 million in 2012, an increase of 23% since 2008, says new report

Home ownership among young people down by a third

Home ownership in England overall fell from 68 per cent in 1992 to 64 per cent in 2012

Travis Perkins rally is held back by a slide at Wickes

Builders’ merchant Travis Perkins has hailed a recovery in the UK’s stagnant housing market but the recent snow has hit trading at its Wickes DIY chain.

Warning over lowest ever mortgage rates

Meanwhile, number of households with mortgage arrears falling as repossession figures drop

Market activity has improved with sales in 2012 at their highest for five years, says Halifax

House prices up nearly 2%

New figures suggest the biggest rise since January 2010

FLS aid for home buyers hurts savers

The Bank of England's Funding for Lending billions are unlocking the mortgage market but savers are getting their rawest deal for nearly four years as banks fatten margins, it has emerged.

Taylor Wimpey flags profits leap on loans boost

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey nearly went bust in 2009 but hailed thawing mortgage markets today as it flagged up profits at the top end of City hopes.

Rory McIlroy has taken Tiger Woods’s place as Nike’s face of golf

Top dollar for Rory McIlroy who joins blue-chip brotherhood with Nike deal

Comeback Kid takes Tiger's place as Nike's face of golf – to the tune of $125m

1.4 million falling behind with rent and mortgage

2.8 million people have used an unauthorised overdraft to help with payments

Halifax raises hopes of a healthier housing market

Some optimism is returning to the UK's housing market according to a new survey showing that a rising number of Britons expect house prices to climb rather than fall over 2013.

Consumers continue long-running trend of 'paying back debt' on credit cards

Cautious households are paying back “virtually as much as they borrow”, despite a pick-up in people spending money on their credit cards and taking out mortgages, a high street banking report said today.

Welsh house prices continue to slide

Sixth successive monthly fall

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