Could you live on a canal boat? What you need to know

On the face of it, canal living makes economic sense. A 30 ft-long vessel is £20,000, up to £30,000 for 70 ft. But what’s it like to be one of the estimated 15,000 people who live on a boat in the UK? Nick Corble, the author of A Beginner’s Guide To Living On The Waterways, gives us the inside track on life on the water.

Brexit-fuelled panic in the housing market has failed to materialise - but we're just starting to negotiate Britain's exit deal. Will house prices fall as Osborne predicted? We take a look.

There's nothing more irritating than tripping over your bike in the hallway. But, happily, there are a range of ingenious solutions for getting your bike off the floor.

Cheapest places to buy an overseas holiday home revealed

The best value places for Britons to buy a holiday home overseas have been revealed in a new list, with Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece topping the rankings. The prospect of a £91,000 Bulgarian bolthole tops a list that feels like a throwback to the days when daytime TV was awash with programmes featuring far-flung holiday homes.

Just when you thought mortgage rates couldn't drop any lower, challenger bank Atom has broken a new record with five-year fixed rates starting at just 1.29 per cent.

Savills shows where semi-detached homes cost £1m

The average price of a semi-detached property has soared in some parts of the country, including areas of Winchester and Bristol where typical values have reached more than £1million. The exclusive report by estate agents Savills found that average values of such properties have climbed 20.9 per cent during the past five years, up from £199,000.

Grand Designs eco home for sale in Cambridgeshire

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud described the Hexagon House in the Cambridgeshire Fens as a success 'despite all its quirks' - which included an 800-year-tree trunk as a central staircase. It was built by carpenter Kelly Neville and his wife Masoko for £300,000, including the cost of the land.

Brighton is one of the most popular towns to live in outside of London (despite the unreliable commuter journey into the capital) with house prices increasing 47% in almost a decade.

The wild and remote archipelago off the north coast of Scotland won the accolade for the best countryside living after scoring well on education, crime rates and leisure.

English Heritage has launched an initiative to measure the spread of clothes moths across the country. They are handing out free clothes moths traps to help gather moth data.

Vancouver Trump Tower two bedroom flat on market for £1.3m

The £1,316,906 apartment has doubled in price since being bought 'off-plan' by an investor in 2014, and it has not been lived in since it was bought. It is part of the latest development to be built under the Trump brand and was completed in Canada's city of Vancouver at the end of last year.

St Moritz is a favourite among celebrities from Pippa Middleton to Claudia Schiffer, but it's notoriously hard to buy property for non-Swiss. One firm's found a - slightly convoluted - solution.

The biggest gap was in London's Haringey, where the average home rose in value by £91,000 more over two years than the median earner living there took home after tax.

House prices in Kensington and Chelsea are up 648 per cent in two decades, from £297,768 to £1,857,287. But the steepest increase is in Hackney, where values are up 702 per cent, claims Lloyds Bank.

The rate matches the lowest ever seen on the British mortgage market - and a similar deal was offered by HSBC last year, but it was pulled by the bank in December.

Britain's top 10 most popular homes for sale on Zoopla

All of the 10 most viewed homes on property website Zoopla last month are detached homes with at least five bedrooms, but the cost varies widely, from £350,000 to £4million. The list contains some lavish homes, including, a substantial six-bedroom house in Cobham, Surrey, top left, a home with a cinema and gym, in Kingswood, Surrey, top right and bottom left, and a house with an astro-turfed playroom in Southampton, bottom right.

The luxury home cinema includes Meyer sound, the same type used in Hollywood's finest screening rooms - but can you recreate your own version with a more modest budget of £10k?

There's a new kid on the Scandinavian block of interior terms. The Swedish art of lagom is the hottest new trend - and broadly translates as just the right amount.

Leasehold has been a traditional part of the housing market, but there are areas where 'urgent reform may be need', the Government has said.

The location of this luxury designer apartment explains the hefty asking price. It is in the heart of London's fashionable Belgravia, with Harrods just a stone's throw away.

Wilton Castle is for sale through estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff for £1.5million and comes with the option to buy the title 'the Lord of Wilton Castle'.

Follow our eight point plan if you're the owner of a leasehold property and need to take action against a property management company offering a poor service.

Property prices of mobile homes reach £500k

Mobile homes were once considered unslightly blots on the landscape. But it seems they're undergoing something of a renaissance if some of the current asking prices are anything to go by. We have found a handful of such properties around the country with price tags higher than the average home in Britain - and in some cases significantly more. Pictured: A three bedroom property in Sandhurst, Berkshire has an asking price of £499,950. A home is in St Neots, Cambridgeshire is on the market for £250,000. One home in Bracknell has an asking price of £299,950 and a two bedroom mobile home in Denham, Buckinghamshire costs £275,000.

The party wall agreement. is, for those who haven't had the pleasure, a licence to print cash for chartered surveyors and lawyers. (One among many some might argue.)

The Office for National Statistics found that the average price of an 'entry-level' home in England and Wales is £140,000, requiring a deposit of £21,000.

Speaking at a conference in central London, Gavin Barwell MP said there was 'no silver bullet' to resolve the country's housing crisis - just a number of 'small adjustments'.

Would you pay £20m for this three-bed flat in London?

None of the homes have been completed yet, but already 60% have been sold on the luxury development, which is next to Waterloo station in London - a major railway and underground station. The developer has confirmed the cost of the penthouses, saying they are priced at '£20million plus'

Things may all be decided amicably when a partner moves in, but in the unfortunate event of a split the owner of the property may find their ex claiming they are due a stake.

The most expensive place to buy a house and commute into London included Oxshott in Surrey, while one of the cheapest is Chatham in Kent, according to the study by estate agents Savills.

Having a million pounds at your disposal was once a sure fire way of being able to afford a luxury property. But soaring house prices mean these million pound homes for sale may not be what you were expecting.

How to get TV show First Dates restaurant-style  lighting for your home

It's not only the love matches and the maitre d's Fred Sirieix that have made TV's First Dates such a success. The interior of the restaurant next to St Paul's Cathedral adds to the mix and has won hearts too. Here, we reveal where you can buy similar lights for your home with the help of expert interior designer Sarah Ward,

London's galleries are full of inspiring colour palettes and vibrant prints, so let be grey be gone and welcome brilliant brights into your home.

Modern timber frame homes offer flexibility and can be installed onsite within days. We take a look at your options if you're thinking of building your own Grand Design.

Buy one of these apartments, in Chamonix, France, and you can enjoy it for three to six weeks a year and get a small annual income. We explain how leaseback buying works.

The Government has publicly backed the development of 14 new 'garden villages' - but would you welcome or fight one of the new developments if they're in your neighbourhood?

Eaton Square in London's exclusive area of Belgravia has been unveiled as the most expensive street in England and Wales, with an average price of £16,944,000.

The policy is designed to help the thousands of tenants paying hundreds of pounds in upfront fees But it will end up hurting the people it was designed to protect.

REVEALED: The hidden secrets of a modern Welsh castle that costs £2.8M and looks like it was built centuries ago

With its stone turrets and black cannons, this Welsh castle looks as though it was built centuries ago. But the reality is that it was only built 22 years old and includes hidden stair cases, state-of-the-art invisible wall speakers and an electronic triple garage.

It was a hard fought interiors battle, involving painted floors that hadn't dried and new drawer handles that hadn't arrived. But the winner of the Great Interior Design Challenge has been announced.

The luxury apartment in London's Pimlico has a retro industrial feel with handmade pieces of furniture, including a bedstead made from scaffolding pipes and wooden planks

The Isle of Skye won the accolade following a survey of nearly 24,000 people by property website Rightmove, in a list that heavily featured seaside locations.

The places where you can still buy a UK home for under £50k

You may be under the impression that it's impossible to buy a property for £50,000 given the average British house price is four times that amount, but it can still be done. We've found five houses that cost less than £50,000, such as the property pictured in Bishop Auckland, which could be bought on 95% mortgage with a £2,500 deposit and a £10,500 salary.

The top 20 towns to turn a profit on self-build have been revealed by a developer - but there's one slight catch - you will need very deep pockets for these grand designs.

Do you live in one of the best places in the UK? This pretty area with Cathedral city wins

The district of Winchester - which includes the Cathedral city of the same name - received the accolade after scoring highly on a range of issues, including health and life expectancy, personal wellbeing, crime rates and weather. It also has good access to leisure facilities for socialising and downtime.




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