Governments across the globe are grappling with the question of how to provide affordable housing for their ever-expanding populations. In the Netherlands many believe the solution lies not on land but on water.
Cruise by any of the canals in the Dutch capital and you'll catch a glimpse of people sipping cappuccinos on their floating verandas. Amsterdam, like many Dutch cities, is criss-crossed by an impressive network of canals.
A landmark ruling could have implications for letting agents and landlords in connection with the behaviour of tenants.
A noise abatement notice was issued by Poole Council in Dorset to letting agent Michele King on April 1 this year.
She appealed it but this week lost her case.
The authority acted after a string of complaints about a property which was managed by her business, Deluxe Holiday Homes.
Chile’s housing market took a slight hit during the global financial crisis of 2008, with home prices falling about 15 percent, but quickly recovered, with prices growing steadily since then, brokers said. The earthquake of February 2010 triggered massive investment in construction and infrastructure, which also raised home prices in Santiago, said Matt Ridgway, the owner and manager of Chile Investments, which assists international investors acquiring property in Chile.
A premature interest rate rise could present a "huge risk" to the British economy, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned.
The business lobby group said the UK's dependence on consumer spending and mortgages meant it was "particularly sensitive" to interest rates.
The warning came as the BCC trimmed its growth forecast for 2014 to 3% from 3.2% and for 2015 to 2.6% from 2.8%.
Work on an £11m bus station in Cardiff is expected to start next year as part of a development plan to revamp the city centre.
Cardiff council has opted for the Marland House and NCP car park site, which the authority owns.
Thousands will receive drones as Christmas presents this year but, as a recent near-miss with an airliner shows, the authorities face a battle to stop them being used irresponsibly.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have long crossed over from just being used in the military and specialist commercial sphere. They can now be seen in homes.
The Government has confirmed details of £2bn of funding to be provided to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) across England for infrastructure and housing development under the Local Growth Deals scheme.
England’s 39 LEPs, partnerships between local authorities and businesses, have decided on priorities for investment in their areas and have each agreed deals with the Government to receive a share of the funding towards specific projects in 2015/16.
A For Sale By Owner website says that a number of online agencies are really private sales sites in all but name.
Franki Chaffin-Edwards, of The Little House Company, said they are simply dressed up to look like agents, for no other reason than to secure listings on Rightmove and Zoopla.
Chaffin-Edwards, who is community and content manager at the private sales website, emphasised that her comments did not apply to all online agents but specifically to some of the cheaper operators.
Stamp duty on home purchases is to be reformed from midnight on Wednesday, along the lines of the system due to be introduced in Scotland, the chancellor has announced.
George Osborne said 98% of homeowners in England and Wales would pay less after the changes than they do under the current system.
Only people who buy homes worth more than £937,000 will pay more in tax.
The Bank of England has warned half a million families would be at risk of falling into mortgage arrears once it started to raise interest rates from their emergency level of 0.5%.
Threadneedle Street said the number of households running into difficulties would increase by a third to 480,000 in the event of a two-percentage-point increase in the cost of borrowing.
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