Can you renovate your home without de-constructing your relationship?

There is already a phenomenon afoot in the U.S. which sees couples complete a dream renovation - and then get divorced. Gwyneth Paltrow's literary agent Luke Janklow and his restaurateur wife Julie split in 2010 shortly after a massive re-fit of their five-storey townhouse, which was then put on the market for just over $15.35million (£12.35million).

It's easy when you're 45 to say that one day you'll sell up the family home and move when you retire. It's much harder to do, when you reach retirement age, as many find out.

London and the North-West top the list of leasehold property hotspots

Some parts of the capital have 100 per cent properties being leasehold, while some parts of the North-East are all above 90 per cent, new research has revealed. It could be an issue for buyers as leasehold properties tend to take longer to purchase and come with additional legal obligations and costs.

Where will house prices rise the most over five years?

House prices will rise by more than £50,000 in some areas over the next five years, Savills forecast, as it mapped out potential property gains across the UK. The typical value of a home across the country will rise 13 per cent by the end of 2021. However, the biggest monetary gain is tipped for the South East, where higher prices combined with a larger percentage increase led to a forecast rise of £53,200 over five years.

Two-bed Modulhus house that can be built for £50K wins design award

Most first-time buyers can only dream of buying a home for less than £50,000. But the latest winner of an annual design competition shows that building one for that can be achieved. The Modulhus won over judges including Grand Design's Kevin McCloud and fellow TV property expert George Clarke. Designed by architects Barton Willmore and EcoMotive, it is a two-bedroom home covering 66 sq m and costs from just £49,644 to build.

With its glamour, sensuality and warmth, it's no wonder velvet is enjoying an enthusiastic revival. It's popping up everywhere, from the catwalk to the High Street.

The most viewed homes for sale this month include a luxury barn conversion with converted outbuildings, a detached new build mansion and a three bedroom apartment with a £1.5m price tag.

One of the last moated castles in England is for sale and comes with an old dungeon and

The 18 bedroom castle is on the market through estate agents Sotheby's for £3million and includes a library, billard room and a wine cellar, along with 20 acres of land. Some of the furniture is being sold with the property, with individual items open to separate negotiation

The rare beachfront plot with views over Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island comes with planning consent for two modern homes and costs an eye-watering £6.25m.

Homeowners could see the values of their homes plummet by as 20 per cent or more amid an increase in noise and air pollution, experts have warned.

If you suspect that your property has subsidence, here are the warning signs to look out for, so you can take action early and prevent the damage from getting worse.

The historic property in Crystal Palace, London, retains many of its original features despite an extensive renovation, including a working clock tower and turrets on the roof terrace.

Is this the grandest townhouse in Britain? Ten bedroom home in Belgravia goes up for sale

For a mere £30million, you can become the owner of this grand property in the exclusive London enclave of Belgravia. It comes with not one, but two, separate mews houses for use as staff accommodation, as well as a wine store, vault, several terraces, and space for two cars. The elegant Georgian home in Wilton Crescent is within a stone's throw of Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace Gardens.

Drawing on Abstract Expressionism - Jackson Pollock's paint flicks and drips and Mark Rothko's blurs of bold hues - the emphasis for interiors is on energy and vibrant colour.

A total of 20 separate homes are for sale at The Park Crescent in London, ranging from two to four bedrooms and costing between £3,950,000 and £20million.

A warning has been sounded that a big rise in rental demand could trigger a further crisis in the property market, as landlords are retreating after being hit with new taxes.

Homeowners and prospective buyers are being warned not to be seduced by eye-wateringly low two-year mortgage rates as they might not turn out best in the long run.

REVEALED: The most and least affordable places in the UK to buy a home - as average house

Regional differences mean Burnley in Lancashire is the most affordable place while Westminster in London is the least affordable, the latest research from the Office for National Statistics has revealed.

Reading is a commuter haven due to its 30 minute train journey into London. But this south east city offers more than just cheaper house prices than the capital.

Buying a small patch of land from your neighbour may seem initially like a straight-forward process, but here are some of the issues that could trip you up unless they are addressed.

Buy-to-let landlords are to face more pain after a regulator announced tough new rules - and some may have to put down an extra £15,000 deposit before they can get a home loan.

Landlords campaigning against the hacking back of mortgage tax relief were dealt a bitter blow today, as their case led by Cherie Blair QC was refused its next step.

Five things you need to know before buying a chalet in Europe

Make sure you consider our five deciding factors before buying a ski chalet to help ensure you make the most of your investment. They include a range of issues from choosing the right type of location to maximize the rental potential to taking advantage of comparatively low mortgage rates overseas.

While London remains arguably the tech capital of Europe, clusters of high growth tech companies based elsewhere have supercharged local housing markets.

The average house price in the Northamptonshire town comes in at around £183,345, compared to £740,000 in central London, Lloyds Bank said.

FEW of us relish plunging temperatures and the gloomy light of winter. But a new season is the perfect excuse to make practical and decorative tweaks that will keep you cosy.

Would you live on one of these £1million-plus houseboats?

The floating homes boast sleek interiors, such as 28 ft reception rooms, the latest designer bathrooms and, of course, roof terraces with spectacular views. They also boast Sonos sound systems and blue tooth remote controlled heating. However living on a boat requires plenty of maintenance such as filling up with water, emptying your toilets and moving your boat if you don't have a permanent mooring.

Two out of five renters in Britain never expect to be able to afford their own home - mainly because they are unable to afford a deposit or the mortgage repayments, claims new research.

The house in north London has been put on the market for £925,000 after being renovated with features that include a steel staircase, pink radiators and a copper letterbox.

Househunters looking for a £20million apartment require 24 hour concierges, underground parking as standard, with the option of separate staff quarters and even their own private swimming pool.

We have found 10 very different properties currently for sale with asking prices that have been cut by a drastic amount - some even halved - since they were put on the market.

Leigh-on-Sea on Essex coast is happiest place to live in the UK

Leigh-on Sea won the accolade after scoring highly on a range of issues, including community spirit and a strong sense of belonging. It's homes, such as the one pictured above, have attracted London commuters looking for a slice on the coast. It wasn't the only seaside resort in the top ten compiled by property website Rightmove, with Troon, on the west coast of Scotland, taking second place.

The Old Mill comes with 360 degree views and is on the market for £525,000. It was built around 1779 and was a mill until 1908 when it was converted into a home.

The combination of low average house prices and good GCSE results means Heckmondwike Grammar School in West Yorkshire takes the top slot in the research by esate agent eMoov.

The most expensive home on the planet? French villa is valued at £250m

Villa Les Cedres is in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, a refuge between Nice and Monaco for some of the world's richest people. Built in 1830, the villa was sold in 1924 to Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, owner of the Grand Marnier liquor brand. It is now up for sale by its owner, drinks maker Campari and could fetch a believed world record £250m.

For those with variable mortgage deals or looking to remortgage, it is likely to translate into lower monthly mortgage payments.

The Star Trek actor - who played capital Jean-Luc Picard - has owned the £535,000 property for 25 years. It is described as having been the 'ideal retreat' for the Hollywood star.

Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania tipped as property hotspots for those looking for cheaper overseas holiday homes amid the slide in the value of the pound.

The average price of a home in Margate risen an impressive 12.5 per cent in the past year to an average of £202,276 following a change in fortunes in recent years.

Homebuyer converts public toilet that's now a one bed semi-detached house

The public toilets were knocked down and replaced with two semi-detached homes, each costing almost £70,000 more than that average price of a home in Britain. The developer reportedly found needles, drug packages, vermin and asbestos on the site.

Would you swap your city flat for a B&B; in the countryside? Our list of options include a £575K guest house on the Isle of Skye and a 21 bedroom holiday letting business in Cornwall for £1.9million.

If you've ever dreamt of owning a vineyard, here are some options that could make your vision become a reality, whether you have a budget of several hundred thousand or several million pounds.

A town on the south coast has been named as the most desirable place to live in the UK for young professionals - and surprisingly it's not trendy Brighton but its near neighbour

Grand Designs couple is selling farmhouse in Newbury after success with Two Cocks brewery

Phil Palmer and his partner Michael Butcher appeared on Grand Designs in October 2013 with a bold design for a contemporary farm home just outside of Newbury in Berkshire. They gave up their jobs in the capital to oversee the house build and start a new business, deciding on the new name of the Two Cocks Brewery and farmhouse.

Off the back of a tax squeeze, landlords may be thinking of quitting life in buy-to-let altogether. But is selling up and cashing in any profits a wise move?

Rather than ask what type of property you can buy with £1million around the world, we've upped the anti and looked at what you could snap up with £5million instead.

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Four million grown-up children are expected to be living with their parents by 2025 due to the lack of affordable housing, a new report has suggested. It is an extra million on top of current levels.

It was once synonymous with David Brent in the hit TV series The Office, but now Slough is gaining appealing with house hunters as prices rise ahead of a new railway line opening.

How much would it cost you to Escape to the Chateau?

For those brave enough to take the plunge, or just curious as to what they could get for the cost of a semi in the South East, here is our pick of six chateaux each with a price of less than £500,000. They include (clockwise from top left) an eight bedroom 20th century chateau for £374,676, a seven bed chateau in Upper Normandy for £333,424, and a twelve bedroom chateau in Normandy for £455,684. A five bedroom chateau between Toulouse and Bordeaux also costs £455,684, where as a seven bedroom chateau north east of La Rcohelle costs £410,41, and a five bedroom chateau east of La Rochelle costs £309,284.

Ardent film buffs can get their hands on a piece of cinematic history as a two bedroom flat above the Blenheim Crescent bookshop has come on the market for sale for £1,495,000.

The average price of a home in England will be more than £450,000 in 2030, new research mapping out what house prices could look like across the UK claims.

These details would pique the attention of many a struggling renter in the capital - particularly given figures published today that showed tenants typically pay almost £1,600 a month.

Grand Designs' homeowners make tidy profits from their TV-featured properties

Everyone loves a good Grand Design - something that has helped to make it one of the most popular property shows on TV. Yet after pouring everything into designing and building their perfect homes, some owners have decided to move on, with three Grand Designs currently on the market. The owners of a seven-bedroom castle in Yorkshire (left), left the owners 'exhausted and scarily remortgaged up to the hilt', according to the show's presenter Kevin McCloud (inset). The purchase and redesign cost around £900,000 and the house is on sale for £1,650,000. A four-bedroom 'doughnut-shaped' property in Milton Keynes (top right), which was built in a couple's back garden for £400,000, is currently on the market for £1million. The couple behind the build, Peter Berkin and his wife Chard, were at odds at the end of the project. 'Peter is going to be happy here,' said Mrs Berkin, before adding: 'It has been positive because I am still here with him.' Meanwhile a six-bedroom house in Newport (bottom right) is on sale for £1,795,000 with the owners refusing to be drawn on how much they had spent on the build.

The two bedroom flats do not have any windows. Instead they have light wells, which are vertical shafts roofed with glass to allow in natural light.

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A tranquil corner of Hampshire has been named as having the best quality of life in the UK for an impressive fifth year. Residents earn well above the average salary and are the healthiest in the UK.

Buyers opt for practical rather period features when it comes to securing a new home, meaning they will prioritise a good broadband signal over highly-rated schools.

New research by insurer Aviva found that the average amounts given by those over 45 to their children and grandchildren differs significantly depending on where they live.

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