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

Rex FeaturesBank of Pa ’n’ Ma: Unlike in the time of the Waltons, above – possibly TV’s most famous multi-generation occupancy – many people buying their first home today have had help from parents

A three-in-one solution to the rising cost of buying a home

Having three generations under one roof can solve a host of problems, says Chiara Cavaglieri

Mortgages surge but Mark Carney says he will stop new bubble

Banks and building societies will grant almost 700,000 mortgages this year amid the biggest surge in lending since 2009, leading economic forecasters said yesterday.

House prices continue to rise in August

Average price of a house is now £170,514

Bank chairman admits spending taxpayer's bailout cash on beachside holiday home

A US banker is facing jail after using bailout funds to help his company buy a luxury condo in Florida.

People outside an estate agent's window in London

New figures show rise in first-time buyer numbers

First-time buyers in London at highest level since 2007 and up a third in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Money Insider: 'Interest only' sheds pariah status as mortgages revive

There has been overwhelming evidence this week that the mortgage market has woken from its long slumber and is once again open for business.

Warming up nicely: sales rising at Aga in home sales upturn

The upturn in the London and South-East housing market is pushing through to sales of upmarket stoves and cookers, Aga Rangemaster said today.

A general view of houses in residential streets in Newport, Wales

Buyer enquiries up in Wales

Welsh house prices have dropped £2,500 in the past 12 months

Rushing to buy could be an expensive mistake - if there's a bubble and price deflation, you're more likely to end up in negative equity and stuck with a property from which you can't escape

Beware of the bubble as home prices climb

Don't panic and rush to buy just because you're told prices are rising

Simon Read: How to avoid being caught out if the property bubble bursts

Such uncertainties have been a feature of the mortgage market for several years

The number of mortgages approved by banks to home buyers soared to a 17-month high in June

Loans to first-time house buyers at highest level since 2007

The number of buyers climbing onto the property ladder for the first time is at its highest level since the financial crash in 2007, figures revealed today.

The number of buy-to-let mortgages hits five-year high

Boom in buy-to-let mortgages could lead to unsustainable house price bubble

Mortgage availability at a five-year high as amount lent topped £5bn in second quarter of 2013

Clarity for homebuyers - but no surprise - in Governor's forward guidance

At first glance, this morning's news isn't. Homebuyers having been living in a low interest rate world for years now, and the early signs are that we won't see much change as gilt yields and swap rates, which dictate mortgage rates, haven't really flickered in response to Carney's words.

When the Heseltine family were moving home in 1973, people could look forward to decades of house price rises

Julian Knight: Home truth is your house may not be much of a pension

People may be disappointed if they bank on the equity value of property to finance retirement

Retired renters increasingly stepping off the property ladder

More than 40% of retired renters are former property owners and pay £423 a month in rent on average

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