Nationwide figures show 'relative stability' in annual rate of price change while mortgage approvals remain low

House prices in the UK jumped by 0.6% in October, more than offsetting the previous month's 0.4% fall and bringing the average cost of a property to £164,153, according to Nationwide building society.

The lender's monthly house price index...

Q Our offer of £250,000 to buy a house has been accepted, but it has emerged that the seller wants to sell the property for £245,000 and for us to pay (the remaining) £5,000 to cover the agent's commission. I believe this is all above board, but we would rather buy the house for £250,000 with a cash deposit of 10% and a mortgage of £225,000 than us...

The strong tourism industry in Spain is helping support the country's property market, with sales volumes increasing in September.

Marc Pritchard, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey de Espana, revealed that his firm experienced a 22 per cent rise in the number of real estate transactions in September, compared to the same period in 2011....

With Spain expected to announce a further fall in gross domestic product (GDP) today (October 30th), those analysing the country's property market will be waiting anxiously to see how this will impact upon the sector.

The poor performance of Spain's economy over the last year has already caused property prices to go into free fall, with the...

Real estate in Spain is hoping to attract more foreign investment over the next year, following the creation of a 'Bad Bank' in the country.

The government has created the bank as part of a condition of the European bailout, with the purpose of swallowing foreclosed property assets that put pressure on lender's books.

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Q I have decided to become a registered childminder – a process that will take up to three months – because my mum is no longer able to look after my 18-month-old daughter and we can't afford the nursery fees. The problem is our mortgage.

Currently, my husband and I have a part repayment and part interest-only mortgage with approximately £30,000...

When looking for investment property in Italy, it is important to consider the homes that will appeal to those looking for an authentic Italian experience. Puglia and its Trulli certainly fit this bill.

The area is at the heel of Italy's boot, bordered by the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Trulli are traditional circular properties built without...

The Cypriot parliament last week (October 26th) rushed through an amendment to the country's tax amnesty, extending the holiday by 14 months.

Under the law, penalties and interest accrued on back taxes before December 31st 2008 can be written off over 5.0 per cent of the total amount due to Inland Revenue.

This amnesty was set to end in March,...

I need a plan to suit my naval lifestyle, but as a first-time buyer this may not be easy

Q I am 21 years old and serving in the Royal Navy. Recently, I have begun thinking about what to do with my money and making decisions that will benefit me in the future. I have no outgoings and very few savings, which I am planning to turn around as I'm...

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