A new housing development called Mill Junction has been built in Johannesburg, South Africa, using shipping containers and disused grain silos.
It is an attempt to address the shortage of cheap, university accommodation.
THE newly renovated Bonding Warehouse in York has been put up for sale as an investment opportunity.
Bought by York-based developer Grantside in 2012, the landmark riverside grade II listed building, off Skeldergate, has been converted into a mixed-use scheme of 11,000 sq ft of office space and four luxury penthouse apartments on the upper two floors.
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.
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.
Towns and cities such as Rickmansworth, Oxford and Brighton have overtaken parts of London as the most unaffordable places in the country to rent privately.
According to the National Housing Federation, Three Rivers in Hertfordshire – the local authority area which covers the towns of Rickmansworth and Chorleywood – is now the most unaffordable place outside London, with private rent swallowing up more than half of people’s gross wages.
In order to succeed, OnTheMarket will need to have at least the same number of listings as Zoopla.
And there is a warning that Zoopla could go “direct to the seller”.
None of Britain’s burgeoning number of online estate agents has succeeded in breaking into the Fast Track 100, a barometer of successful private companies.
The majority of people with mortgages could cope with a rise in interest rates, the Bank of England has said.
Just 4% of mortgage holders would need to take action if interest rates rose to 2.5% from their current 0.5% historic low, according to the Bank's annual survey of household finances.
Towns and cities such as Oxford and Brighton have overtaken areas of London as the most unaffordable places in the country to rent, according to the National Housing Federation.
Bicester in Oxfordshire has been chosen as the site for the coalition's second new garden city, the government has confirmed.
Up to 13,000 new homes are due to be built on the edge of the town, as part of the coalition's plans to help deal with the UK's housing shortage.
"I can confirm the government is putting its support behind Bicester," a Treasury spokesperson told the BBC.
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