Private viewing: Our tour of the pick of the property market
War of the Roses (and Wisteria too) Friday, 3 December 2010
The idea of country living is more alluring than ever. But as increasing numbers of out-of-towners buy into the rural dream, are locals being priced out of the good life?
House Doctor: 'Bailiffs keep calling for tenant who no longer lives at our flat' Friday, 3 December 2010
Question: I've recently moved into a flat with friends but we've been approached twice by bailiffs trying to collect debts for the previous tenant.
House prices slip again as buyers go missing Thursday, 2 December 2010
House prices could fall by 10 per cent over the next year, City experts forecast yesterday, as the latest data from Nationwide Building Society showed that property values slipped a further 0.3 per cent in November. Since the summer, the average British house has lost about £7,000 of its value.
Average home prices continue to fall Wednesday, 1 December 2010
The recent run of house price falls have wiped out most of the gains seen to property values during the past year, figures showed today.
The market premium: where house prices are booming Tuesday, 30 November 2010
As city-dwellers move out, values are soaring in smart market towns
House prices falling again this month, survey shows Monday, 29 November 2010
House prices have fallen sharply again in November, property analyst Hometrack said today, with a marked drop in the number of new buyers undermining the market.
House Doctor: 'Is there any way we can sell our home in the next four weeks?' Friday, 26 November 2010
Question: My wife has been offered a job in Europe that means we really need to sell our home within four weeks to release vital cash to help us to move. We've seen ads for "fast home-sale specialists" and property sellers that guarantee "90 per cent of your home value", and promise to sell your house within days. Are they legitimate? We're desperate to move but have no idea if these operators are real or not.
Squatters' rights - and wrongs Friday, 26 November 2010
As the Housing Minister pledges to shut the door on the "anti-social, undesirable and unfair" practise forever, a fierce debate still rages between property owners and their uninvited house guests
Home is where the heat is: The essential guide to keeping your house warm this winter Friday, 26 November 2010
From designer draft excluders to chic radiators...
The modern bargain hunt: 'We raided skips and salvage yards to furnish our mid-century home' Friday, 19 November 2010
You could call it alternative shopping," muses Paul Hedge, sitting in a butter-coloured leather and rosewood Ico Parisi chair from the 1950s. "We never go out intending to buy anything. But we've had to get cabs home from the theatre, because we happened to see a chair just lying on the pavement on the way there, and we couldn't let it go." A lot of knowledge, it seems, is a risky thing, particularly if what you know about is mid-century modern furniture and you happen to be passing a well-stocked skip or the sort of charity shop that hasn't been subjected to an intervention by Mary Portas. "Once you know what something is, and you've recognised it, you can't just leave it behind."