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

Cautious optimism as US economic growth exceeds expectations

Travel on the road to recovery seen as modest but significant while Fed opts to stay the course on bond programme – for now

Chancellor George Osborne warned that 'mad' Help to Buy scheme could drive up house prices

But ministers insist rules over £12bn mortgage guarantees would ensure only 'responsible lending'

The first stage of Help to Buy was launched in April

Revealed: Fresh details on Government's Help-to-Buy housing scheme

Chancellor met housebuilders and mortgage lenders to flesh out plans to underwrite £130bn of mortgage lending

‘Millennium children’ will face acute housing shortage

Britain’s failure to build enough homes is set to put a colossal strain on the housing market when the Noughties baby-boomers hit adulthood in 2020, a report claims today.

UK house prices could rise 18% in next five years

Meanwhile, mortgage lending 26% higher than June last year

Money Insider: Zero per cent mortgage rate: where's the catch? 

When the press release detailing the latest mortgage products from Leeds Building Society landed in my inbox this week, it grabbed my attention when I saw that the home loans were being offered with an initial 0 per cent interest rate.

Average house price is now over £230,000

42% more first time buyers than a year ago

House prices to take eight more years to return to pre-recession levels

House prices could take until 2021 to return to their pre-recession peak in real terms despite a shot in the arm from the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, forecasters warn.

An offset mortgage can save you money on your interest payments, and potentially reduce your term, but it will end up costing you more

House prices show strong growth

House prices have recorded their fastest growth in almost three years in a further sign that the market is gathering pace, Nationwide has reported.

Simon Read: Sale and rent back won't be the lost dodgy money deal

Do you remember sale and rent back? Companies which flogged the deals targeted struggling homeowners with an offer to buy their home and then let them remain paying rent. They sold the deals on the promise of helping people avoid becoming homeless.

US builders seeing brighter times

America's housebuilders have turned positive on their industry's prospects for the first time since the housing crash.

Mortgage lending up 5%

Remortgaging and first-time buyers responsible for continued rise

First-time mortgage lending 'down'

Mortgage lenders have insisted that first-time buyer activity is strengthening, despite new figures showing that lending to this sector dipped for the first time since the start of the year.

Persimmon and Travis Perkins celebrate promotion to FTSE 100

Housebuilder Persimmon and builders' merchant Travis Perkins will celebrate promotion to London's top 100 share index today amid increasing optimism over the property market.

Home sales at three year peak

House prices predicted to rise nearly 30% over next five years

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