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Advocates argue that living small is not only more affordable but offers an ecologically-friendly alternative

House prices continue to rise as demand also increases

Around 21 per cent more Chartered Surveyors reported prices rose rather than fell in June, according to the RICS, which would make it the strongest month for house prices since January 2010.

'Out of control' letting agent fees are forcing tenants to go without food, says Shelter

Housing charity discovers agencies were charging renters more than £350 on average to set up a tenancy, on top of deposits and up-front rent

Anthony Hilton: Why this is one housing market to stay out of

If the way to stay young is to keep repeating your mistakes then the London investment community will surely be blessed with perpetual youth if it buys into the flotation of Foxtons.

Money spent on housing benefit could build tens of thousands of new homes, says union

"Ending corporate welfare will save taxpayers' money"

Thousands suffer in 'non-decent' homes

Nearly 460,000 families and more than 100,000 pensioners are living in potentially dangerous or seriously sub-standard rented homes, Labour said last night.

Tough property market causes rent price hike

Rents are rising throughout England and Wales for the first time since November 2011, according to LSL Property Services.

Social-housing landlords training staff to spot tenants at risk of suicide

Maintenance workers, call-centre staff and housing officers are being sent on courses after growing problems among victims of austerity reforms

First female chairman at Eurostar

Eurostar has appointed its first female chairman, with Clare Hollingsworth set to take over from the incumbent Richard Brown in June. Ms Hollingsworth was chief executive of the private hospital group Spire Healthcare, and managing director of Caledonian Airways.

Estate agents offer a valuable service for some, but will take more in commission than a private-sale website

Savvy Money: Going private to sell your house could pay off

A change in government regulations may tempt more people away from using estate agents

The code would contain mandatory rules for all companies owning more than 500 pubs and would aim to stop abuses of the beer tie

Cable in new bid to save vanishing British pubs by clamping down on companies that exploit freelance 'tied' publicans

Code of conduct plan  to help landlords fight harsh terms imposed  by property giants

What The Sunday Papers Said

Concerns are mounting over the commercial strength of what will be Europe’s biggest logistics park, a major selling point of the £1.5bn London Gateway superport being built 25 miles from the capital.

Charges: Stop firms hiding unfair fees in the small print

Annoyed by hidden charges? I am. When I buy flights or tickets to concerts or football matches I expect to pay the advertised rate. But you never do. There’s always an “admin fee”, “booking charge” or even “credit card surcharge” added on top. It’s sneaky and misleading.

Market Report: Countrywide debut cheers IPO market

Countrywide got off to a lively start on the London Stock Exchange yesterday as shares in Britain's biggest estate agent raced up 13 per cent to 397p, valuing the business at £848m. The shares had already been priced at the top of the range at 350p and experts said the high first-day premium bodes well for the £1.3bn flotation of Esure at the end of this week. The insurer is expected to be priced at the top of a 275p to 310p range today in time for trading to start tomorrow.

London rents 145% higher than in the North East

Average rent for a tenant in Greater London now accounts for 40% of income

Savills staff to get £100m bonus payout after profits soar

The estate agent Savills' 25,000 staff worldwide are set to share more than £100m in bonuses this year after the property consultant's profits jumped.

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