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

As rents rise, there may not be a better time to buy

Cheap mortgages can help you, not your landlord, benefit from the market, says Chiara Cavaglieri
A 3 bedroom terraced house for sale on Addenbrookes Road, Trumpington, Cambridge. With Bidwells for £495,000

Mortgage hunters go for brands

Brokers are increasingly popular with younger homeowners

Mortgage lending saw further signs of a “healthy recovery” in August as the value of home loans handed out grew by almost one third year-on-year, banks and building societies have reported.

Mortgage lending increases 28 per cent as 'healthy recovery' continues

Mortgage lending saw further signs of a “healthy recovery” in August as the value of home loans handed out grew by almost one third year-on-year, banks and building societies have reported.

A 3 bedroom property for sale in Hambleton Terrace, York with Reeds Rains. Offers over £200,000.

Mortgage lending "pauses for breath"

However, gross mortgage lending is 28 per cent higher than August last year

Young men aged between 15 and 24 were particularly vulnerable

Spike in suicide rate in Europe and US linked to financial crisis

UK registered 300 deaths above the expected rate in 2009, after start of crisis

The Bank of England has been urged to cap house price inflation

Bank of England urged to cap house price rises at 5% over fears of 'dangerous' debt bubble

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors publishes report arguing the Bank should consider imposing a 5 per cent cap on annual house price appreciation

Next CEO Lord Wolfson challenges George Osborne on rally claims

The head of one of Britain’s biggest retailers voiced doubt over Chancellor George Osborne’s recovery claims today, warning of a a “credit-led” consumer recovery and a house price bubble.

'Hubris and complacency': Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of over economy and living standards

Labour leader says the Coalition had presided over the slowest recovery in 100 years

Why don't people switch their mortgages?

Money savings rather than better service more likely to tempt those considering a change

'Significant increases' in homes coming onto the UK property market

Chartered surveyors reporting widespread increase in new instructions

Who is the typical first time buyer?

There were 26,100 first-time buyer sales in July, 8,100 more than a year ago

Halifax: House prices rise 5.4 per cent and will
keep increasing

House prices rose for the seventh month running in August and are set to continue increasing “gradually” for the rest of the year, Halifax, the UK’s biggest mortgage lender, said yesterday.

Halifax says house prices are set to climb ‘gradually’

House prices rose for the seventh month running in August and are set to continue increasing “gradually” for the rest of the year, Halifax, the UK’s biggest mortgage lender, said today.

A 3 bedroom semi detached house for sale in Beckfield Lane, York, on the market for £250,000 with Stephensons

House prices up more than 5% from a year ago

Rise represents the seventh consecutive monthly increase

Property prices rise at fastest rate since 2007

Low rates and improving economic outlook mean demand continues to outpace supply

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