We want to downsize but it's too expensive: Older homeowners told to make space for young families are locked out by high prices

Older homeowners told to downsize are locked out by high house prices

Critics say that if home blockers moved out, it would release properties for younger families who are trapped in small flats, but many who do want to downsize are trapped by the cost. Like many, Susan Sellor cannot find any reasonably priced homes she would like to move to.

Britons see 41% of monthly pay vanish on their rent - and Londoners have to spend half their income

Britons see 41% of monthly pay vanish on their rent as Londoners spend half

The average cost of renting a home in London is £1,472 - half the average salary of nearly £3,000 a month, according to data. Across the UK overall, the average monthly salary is £2,266 and the average rent is £935, meaning renters on average sacrifice 41 per cent of their pay for accommodation.

Ever dreamt of owning a home abroad? Here's how to do it - from mortgages, to tax and the legal traps

How to buy a home abroad - from mortgages, to tax and legal traps

Owning a property in sunnier climes is a dream realised by thousands of Brits each year - and with keen prices and a strong pound there are bargains to be had. But hurry, because these will not be around forever as economic recovery spreads across Europe. Paul and Caryn Hughes bought a home in Portugal.

Flowing with joy: Living near water can be pricey but it stirs the soul, says Rosie Millard

Flowing with joy: Living near water can be pricey but it stirs the soul, says Rosie

The Old Boathouse in Guildford, a converted Victorian boathouse which includes its own deck and mooring is on the market for £875,000 but do you need to be wet behind the ears to buy it?

Want to make a healthy profit from a student buy-to-let? Pick a Scottish university city (and avoid Wales and the North of England)

Want to profit from a student buy-to-let? Pick a Scottish university city

Edinburgh has beaten all other buy-to-let contenders in the student market, offering an average income of 6.11 per cent on a four bedroom property. But Middlesburgh landlords get the lowest yield of just 1.47%

Brummie good deal: Priced out Londoners invest in Birmingham - where they can buy two flats for the price of one in the capital

Brummie good deal: Priced out Londoners invest in Birmingham - where they can buy two

A report by PwC and the Urban Land Institute says Birmingham is set to overtake London as the most attractive city for property investment over the next 12 months. According to Knight Frank's Birmingham Report, there will be 18,500 new households in the city by 2019, with the rate of supply likely to fall short of demand by some 2,000 homes, which inevitably will push up prices.

Can't be bothered to get a survey done on your future home? You could risk shock repair bill of thousands for hidden horrors

Can't be bothered to get a survey done on your future home? You could risk shock repair

Four in five homebuyers choose to skip a survey of before before they buy costing an average£5,750 in repairs to their dream home. Forgoing a Home Condition Report, HomeBuyers Report, or Building Survey cost new home owners a total of £3.56 million collectively last year.

Brits expect to buy their 'forever' home by the age of 44 - and one in ten would spend £30k over the asking price to secure their property dream

Brits expect to buy their 'forever' home by the age of 44 says Tepilo

House buyers across the UK expect to be living in their 'forever' home by the age of 44, new findings suggest. But, one in three people aged 55 or over believe that no such place exists, research by Sarah Beeny's estate agency Tepilo said. As house prices in many parts of the country increase and a rise in mortgage rates looms, the average house buyer in the UK currently has a budget of £205,221 and will own two homes in their lifetime.

The 100 best places for families to live revealed: Do you live near a family friendly hotspot?

The 100 best places for families to live revealed

England's most family friendly places to live are not the high house price areas of the South East but locations in the more affordable North, according to a Family Friendliness index. We reveal the full list of the top 100 places to bring up a family and map them - so you can check whether one of the hotspots is near you.

Live like a supermodel: Natalia Vodianova's country pile goes on sale for £3million... complete with a spa and swimming pool

Natalia Vodianova's country pile in Selham in West Sussex goes on sale for £3M

She may always look glitzy on the red carpet, but as these images Lodsbridge Mill estate in Selham, West Sussex reveal, the rags-to-riches Russian supermodel has a far more understated style when it comes to staying in. Clockwise from left: The exterior of the grade II listed four-bedroom house, the rustic kitchen, indoor-outdoor swimming pool and main bedroom.

House prices in UK's largest cities jump by largest amount in 11 years - with Oxford and Cambridge the biggest risers

House prices in UK's largest cities jump by largest amount in 11 years

The cost of a home in Britain's biggest cities leapt to the highest quarterly level in 11 years, new findings reveal. With demand continuing to outstrip supply, house prices in major cities increased by 4.3 per cent to an average of £227,100 in the three months to July, Hometrack said.

From seagulls to wasps, don't get stung by pests: How to deal with a home menace - and what insurance covers

From seagulls to wasps, don't get stung in the wallet by pests: Seek expert help - and

A plague of pests is descending on homes this summer - wreaking havoc and expensive damage on those who fail to fight back. Due to a mild early summer there has been an explosion of wasps over the past few weeks that have been gatecrashing picnics and causing a nuisance at home barbecues and in pub gardens.

Homes up £12,000 in a year as lack of property for sale pushes up prices - and agent forecasts an 18% rise by 2019

House prices up £12k in a year as Knight Frank tips 18% gain by 2019

House prices rose by £1,000 a month over the past year with the East of England recording the biggest gains, according to new official figures. Property inflation in the East of England hit 9.2 per cent in June, the ONS house price index reported, with the next largest annual gains seen in Northern Ireland, at 9 per cent, and the South East, at 7.7 per cent.

What's in an address? Properties with 'lane' in the title are typically £100k more expensive than those on a 'street'...

House prices vary by £100 depending if your address is Lane or Street

There are some regions where, however, this does not apply, with London's most valuable properties on 'streets' and Scotland's homes in 'closes' carrying the highest prices. Across the UK as a whole, homes on lanes are priced on average at £245,906, which is 22 per cent or £44,600 more than the typical UK house price, at £201,246, according to research for Barclays Mortgages.

Working from home can be a joy provided you have a dedicated and uplifting space 

Working from home can be a joy provided you have a dedicated and uplifting space 

More Britons than ever are working from home. According to the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, as of June 2014 there were 4.2 million home workers in Britain - 13.9 per cent of the workforce. While there are many pleasures in working at home - setting your own routine, no office politics, fewer disturbances - there is one great pitfall: you cannot leave your desk behind at the end of the day.

Liz Hurley cashes in on booming price of farmland: Actress triples her money in just 13 years as she sells nine-bedroom Cotswolds mansion for £9million

Liz Hurley sells her Cotswolds property for £9million

Liz Hurley, 50, bought the Grade II listed property (pictured main) just outside Barnsley, Gloucestershire, for £3.3million in 2002. She said at the time that she hoped to live a farmer's life and even bought cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and geese to prove it. The actress and model, currently starring in the US series The Royals, put the home up for sale for £6million but it languished on the market for nearly a year.

Why have your main living space downstairs when the best views are upstairs? Growing trend for 'upside-down' homes

Growing trend for 'upside-down' homes with bedrooms downstairs

The idea of inverted living - bedrooms downstairs, kitchen and living rooms upstairs - hails from Australia, where properties are designed to take in spectacular sunrises or sunsets. It's common in Sweden and much of Scandinavia, too.

Use yellow undercoat and turn shabby into chic: Five top DIY tips to tackle those nagging jobs that hang over you at home

Five top DIY tips to tackle those nagging jobs that hang over you at home

We all know how easy it is to let things slide at home. Good DIY intentions so often begin and end at the checkout of Homebase. Some might get as far as shifting the furniture, laying dust sheets and even taping off the skirting boards. Those who manage to roll on two coats of Elephant's Breath, congratulate themselves with a cuppa, before packing up and moving on to the next project. Weeks or even months pass. That piece of masking tape taunts; splatters of grey on the white ceiling whisper at failure.

Property values add £9k in a year to surpass November 2007 peak as 'drought of sellers' pushes up house prices

House prices up £9k in a year, says Land Registry

House prices In England and Wales have risen 5.4 per cent in the last year to reach £181,619 on average, latest figures from the Land Registry show. The £9,252 boost in values means the index has overtaken the previous peak of £180,983 set in November 2007.

The piers creating a buzz for homebuyers: Cromer and Bournemouth lead the way as more seaside towns regenerate iconic structures

The piers creating a buzz for homebuyers: Cromer and Bournemouth lead the way as more

Britain's seaside towns aren't just tempting day trippers. Increasingly, homebuyers are drawn to the coast and in many cases they are prepared to pay a premium to be there, says Fred Redwood. The pier in Bournemouth is an action-packed amenity with attractions such as an indoor simulated rock climb and a zip wire, on which thrill-seekers ride over the waves to the beach. There is also an abundance of property ideally suited to younger, first and second-time buyers.

Buy-to-let hotspots revealed: London top of 'buoyant' market for investors snapping up homes - but Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham rise

Buy-to-let hotspots: London top but Birmingham and Nottingham rise

London was closely followed by Birmingham and Bristol in the top 20 areas where buy-to-let properties have been bought in the last year, according to data from Barclays Mortgages. Nottingham, Manchester and Leeds also saw a big jump in demand.

The Bloomsbury set defied convention in their morals - and blazed a trail with their take on design. So here's how you can get the literary look 

The Bloomsbury set defied convention in their morals - and blazed a trail with their take

The Bloomsberries continue to seduce and scandalise - and a new TV series, Life In Squares, following their spider-web love affairs, begins next week on BBC2. You too can get the Bloomsbury 'look'. Colours are muted, fabrics worn and faded. Artist Duncan Grant, who lived with Vanessa at Charleston, turned his hand to textile design.

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