Markets rise as US homes see biggest price gains in years

S&P/Case-Shiller index reports prices 10.9% higher in March than a year earlier, spurring rally on US stock markets US house prices were 10.9% higher in March than a year earlier, the largest increase in close to seven years, according to a closely-watched index tracking home prices in 20 major cities. The news, and signs of […]
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Stamp duty choking housing market, say campaigners

HomeOwners Alliance says government’s stated policy of encouraging home ownership being undermined by duty The UK housing market is being choked by stamp duty, which has risen by more than seven times the rate of inflation since the mid-1990s, taking the typical tax bill faced by buyers to almost £6,000, a report by a homeowners’ […]
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An entrepreneur’s story of setting up a food business from home

Running a business from home has its challenges, but it’s convenient, cheap and a good option for a fledgling company Where you base yourself is a vital decision for all small business owners. Whether you go straight into office or shop premises, or decide to work from home, there are pros and cons for each […]
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Rent your home to pay for your holiday

Renting out your home when you go away can be profitable – but make sure you check the rules first Fancy making money from your home while you’re on holiday? Increasing numbers of websites are springing up which allow people to rent out their properties for short periods. But homeowners who take advantage of them […]
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Why Jelly is good for small businesses

Working from home can be great, but it’s good to interact with other business owners sometimes. That’s where Jelly comes in Working from home has many advantages but also a number of challenges, among which is the danger of becoming isolated. Working alone in your spare room may make you not only feel lonely and […]
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Mervyn King’s housing warning is too little, too late | Polly Toynbee

In a British economy addicted to property inflation, the government’s Help to Buy scheme threatens Fannie Mae-style disaster The French call it l’esprit de l’escalier, that brilliant thought on the way out, too late for some brilliant aperçu. Alas, that is Sir Mervyn King’s parting contribution as he warns that the Help to Buy scheme […]
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UK spends £2bn housing homeless in B&Bs, hostels and shelters

Rising private rents, lack of affordable housing, benefit cuts and low levels of home-building force costly short-term solution, investigation finds The UK has spent almost £2bn housing vulnerable homeless families in short-term temporary accommodation, according to figures that demonstrate the scale of Britain’s housing crisis. Rising private rents, a shortage of affordable housing and benefit […]
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Green Deal debt may have to be repaid before property sold

Homeowners wishing to sell may find buyers are not prepared to take over Green Deal loan attached to the property’s energy bill Homeowners taking out a loan under the government’s Green Deal energy efficiency scheme could find themselves having to pay off the debt before they can sell their property, according to consumer body Which? […]
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David Cameron hints coalition will reach compromise over childcare

PM confident of finding way forward over plans to relax child-to-staff ratios, also denying bias against stay-at-home mums David Cameron has indicated that a compromise will be found in the coalition over childcare after saying it would be wrong to become “frustrated” over differences with the Liberal Democrats. Speaking in New York before returning home […]
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A web business from home can put a strain on space – physical and personal

Selling online with the spare bedroom as warehouse was fine – to start. Now designers Rog and Cat How have taken on staff and moved into a studio When my wife Cat and I first decided to start up a business, we had plenty of ideas, enthusiasm and a very meagre investment. The only way […]
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