THE world’s largest carbon market has been holed below the water line. On April 16th the European Parliament voted to reject an attempt to bolster Europe’s flagship environmental programme, the Emissions Trading System (ETS). Carbon prices, already low, plunged. The emerging network of global carbon trading and European climate policy as a whole co

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Balearic property buyers will need to fend off competition from Russian investors, as the eastern Europeans flock to the country. Sotheby's International Realty explained that the islands are becoming more attractive to wealthy Russians, thanks to improved hotel and leisure facilities. Visitor numbers from this part of the world were up 23.4 per...

David Cameron ignores those living in modest homes blighted by the HS2 rail link at his peril

My Easter walk on Monday was tinged with sadness, because it took me through countryside that will no longer exist in five years' time. This is because, as wealthy landowners in the Chilterns look forward to the HS2 high-speed rail link being tunnelled...

Florida property has long been on the radar of UK investors, eager to establish a base in sunnier climes for the winter but without the challenge of a language barrier. Canadian buyers have the same idea it seems, with a new report from BMO Private Bank highlighting their role in the recent resurgence of the Sunshine State's housing market.

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It seems as though there is light at the end of the tunnel for South African property buyers, with the latest Absa house price index showing positive indicators in certain parts of the market. The report showed year-on-year growth in average home values of the middle housing segment reached an upper turning point in Q1 2013, while low interest...

As the Help to Buy scheme is launched, we ask whether the dream of buying a new-build home could turn into a nightmare of poor workmanship, delays, and unexpected costs

Homebuyers wanting a new-build property will be offered a lifeline from the government on Monday 1 April when funding for an interest-free loan becomes available, as part of the Hel...

Cairo real estate prices increased in Q1 2013 but the rise may not be reflection of the health of Egyptian property. Jones Lang LaSalle explained that values increased by eight per cent across Cairo's two satellite cities during the beginning of 2013. However, instead of being driven by demand, the hike is the result of developers looking to pass...

After a strong Easter period for the holiday rental market, investors will no doubt have their sights set on Spanish property. However, according to Taylor Wimpey Espana, those looking to benefit from the countless sun-seekers jumping on a plane this summer, should perhaps consider Mallorca instead. After all, over six million tourists visit the...

Kitchen leak will cost £7,500 to fix – so why didn't Connells' surveyor notice it before we moved in?

After moving into our new house we discovered that the glass roof over the kitchen/diner leaked.

The homebuyer report by Connells, for which we had paid £1,280, completely missed out this section of the roof and thus failed to draw our attention to...

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