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

First time buyers add £1.9 billion the economy

Around £270 million is generated through stamp duty

Overcoming financial pain of the battle against illness

In bowel cancer awareness month, Edmund Tirbutt assesses the budgetary fallout that arises from dealing with such diseases.

ONS says past decade has seen the first rise in the percentage of households renting in almost a century

Proportion of home-owning Britons falls to 30-year low

ONS says past decade has seen the first rise in the percentage of households renting in almost a century

Buy-to-let investors increasingly using alternative finance

A record 36% of intermediaries list buy-to-let as most popular use for bridging loans

The Funding for Lending scheme has helped push mortgage rates to record lows

England and Wales drive 1.9% increase in house prices but Scotland and Northern Ireland lag behind

House prices climbed by 1.9% year-on-year in February, but England and Wales drove the increase while Scotland and Northern Ireland posted falls, official figures showed today.

Millions fear losing job would mean losing home

What would happen if you lose your job? Would you be able to afford your mortgage payments or rent?

One in three unable to pay rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job

New figures from housing charity show precarious nature of property market for millions

Market Report: Housebuilders have more room to grow

Pile into property was the call from City scribblers today. But not bricks and mortar. HSBC's analysts think the market is underestimating shares in the builders of houses. This may come as surprising to some – the UK housebuilder sector has already risen by an average of 24 per cent so far this year, outperforming the mid-cap index by 13 per cent. But HSBC's property team think the "Government's 'game-changing' housing market stimulus" announced at last month's Budget means the housebuilders are set to grow even further.

Only a third of first time buyers believe Help to Buy will help them

Average age of first time buyers is now 37

Money Insider: Avoid big banks for loans of less than £5,000

Interest rates on personal loans may be at record lows for those borrowing five-figure sums, but it's not all good news, with some lenders charging almost 30 per cent APR to customers who want a loan of £5,000 or less.

Fastest rise since 2006 in US property prices

There were fresh signs of improving trends in the American housing market yesterday, with residential real estate prices over the 12 months to January growing at their fastest pace since summer 2006.

'No amount of packed lunches and Saturday nights in will fatten your piggy enough' to be able to have a mortgage in London

The Emperor's New Clothes (24/03/13)

Buy your property, don't waste money renting, we're told. But Matthew Bell finds life is much less stressful if you don't own your home

Chancellor George Osborne (left) comes face to face with Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls outside the Millbank studios in Westminster today

George Osborne under fire: Labour brands Budget's home ownership boost scheme a 'subsidised mortgage for millionaires'

Ed Balls contrasts new measures with 'bedroom tax' saying claiming the Government will help people buy spare homes

Emma Buxton, 27, is an English teacher living in Gillingham, Kent, with her husband Paul, 26

Budget 2013: Home Ownership - A £600,000 house with a 5 per cent deposit: the future of the housing market?

Would-be homebuyers should be able to purchase a house worth up to £600,000 with just a five per cent deposit as part of a new Government scheme to kick-start the struggling property market.

Crown Prosecution Service employees admit making £1m of bogus claims for witness taxi fares

Pair produced invoices for fictitious cab firm

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