House prices slide into 2009

House prices fell for the 15th month in a row during January, wiping a further £2,500 off the average cost of a home, figures showed today.

Mortgage lending falls to lowest since 2001

Mortgage lending slumped to its lowest level in seven-and-a-half years last month, as most banks and building societies continued to turn away customers with deposits of less than 25 per cent.

Unemployment fears increase pressure on Bank for rate cut

Downturn expected to be worse than the early 1990s

Bank meets as historic rate cut decision looms large

MPC urged to lower rates to near zero and print money

We're hoarding the cash that they want us to spend

Despite tax and rate cuts, Britain is now a nation of savers, not shoppers, finds Julian Knight

Pandora: Cameron falls foul of health and safety

David Cameron delighted the Conservative Party faithful during his conference speech in Birmingham on Wednesday by attacking that favourite target of Middle England: the petty bureaucratuic arbiters of "'elf and safety".

House prices plunge 10.5%

House prices are falling at their fastest rate for nearly 18 years as potential buyers stay away from the market, figures showed today.

Terry wins Adams' backing as Capello keeps his counsel

England's captain for tomorrow night's friendly against the Czech Republic – and more importantly the forthcoming World Cup qualification campaign – will be announced later today but yesterday one of the previous incumbents, Tony Adams, made it unequivocally clear who he would back to wear the armband.

How far will your mortgage take you along the road to an eco-friendly future?

Some plant trees on your behalf; others demand you meet strict energy-saving targets. Amanda Hall Davis on the lenders who've gone green

Building of new homes at its slowest since 1945

The number of new homes built in 2008 will be the lowest in any year since the end of the Second World War, the construction industry said yesterday, in the latest serious blow to Government housing targets.

Construction industry hit by worst slowdown in a decade

Britain's construction industry suffered its worst slowdown in more than a decade during May, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (Cips) said yesterday, as builders were hit by the slowing economy and a collapse in the housing sector.

David Prosser's Outlook: The Government was right on house prices: they're falling even faster than we thought

When Caroline Flint, the Housing minister, wandered into a meeting with her briefing notes visible to photographers, most of the attention focused on her embarrassment and the fact that the Government was now planning on the basis house prices would fall this year. But the depth of Ms Flint's gloom attracted less comment.

Losing interest: how banks are neglecting Britain's low earners

As wealthy customers enjoy bumper rates, the less well off are left languishing. By Paula Hawkins

Nationwide mortgage advances down 40 per cent

One of the UK's biggest lenders, Nationwide building society, has reported a sharp drop in mortgage lending over the past 12 months – a further sign of the decline in the housing market.

Brokers cry foul as borrowers are encouraged to deal with the lender

A group representing mortgage brokers has complained to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) that lenders are increasingly offering new deals only to customers who go to them direct.

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