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

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
The Government last week moved to clamp down on a tax loophole whereby non-doms with split employment contracts will no longer be able to avoid duty by putting their earnings through low-tax foreign jurisdictions

Chancellor comes knocking for fat foreign incomes: Government moves to clamp down on tax loophole

Non-doms with split employment contracts will no longer be able to avoid duty by putting their earnings through low-tax foreign jurisdictions

Carpetright's turnaround floored as profit and revenue fell in the first half

Tough conditions in Europe muted the modest success of Carpetright’s “self-help” efforts in the UK, as profit and revenue fell in the first half.

What will happen to property prices in 2014?

Latest reports forecast continued rise though not a 'housing bubble'

The Week Ahead: Analysts are betting Betfair is onto a winner

Place your bets ahead of tomorrow when Betfair reports its half-year results.

Stabbed lawyer Peter Maine ‘may have killed himself’, police say

A solicitor at the centre of a fraud investigation may have stabbed himself to death, police said.

House prices surged by 6.5% over past year, Nationwide reports

Latest monthly increase of 0.6 per cent took average UK house values to £174,566

Bank of England curtails Funding for Lending Scheme amid fears of housing bubble

FLS will focus solely on boosting loans to businesses from 2014

Five questions on: Britain's debt crisis

Debt crisis? Didn't David Cameron say we're on the road to recovery?

Luis Suarez applauds the Anfield faithful

Transfer news: 'Luis Suarez to Real Madrid? Only for £100m' says former Liverpool striker Steve Nicol

Nicol believes forward could command fee if he impresses at the World Cup

More than £9 billion mortgage overpayments made every year

Gross mortgage lending shows strongest performance in five years

Personal debt in the UK totals £1.43 trillion

£1,430,000,000,000 (that's £1.43 trillion): Britain's personal debt timebomb

Average household debt is now £54,000 - double the level a decade ago, despite record low interest rates, and ministers fear that failure to pay back loans and credit will leave thousands at risk of losing their home

Mortgage arrears and home repossession figures falling

But there are still fears about the potential impact of higher interest rates and higher mortgage payments

Average-income first-time buyers make up the bulk of 2,000-plus who have taken up the scheme

Controversial Help to Buy scheme aids social mobility, claims David Cameron

Figures show average-income first-time buyers make up the bulk of 2,000-plus who have taken up scheme

A 2 bedroom flat to rent in Skeldergate, York YO1, on with Mudd and Co for £1,200 pcm (£277 pw)

Renting out spare rooms earns homeowners more than £3 billion a year

1.7 million in the UK now rent out their spare rooms, claims new report

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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

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