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The demand for second homes grows

Demand for second homes, or weekend homes, is growing this year as locations within two hours of London are seeing a spike in interest

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The prep school movers

Once, the flow of buyers out of London was driven by the promise of educating children at a country prep school. Is this changing?

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How to avoid inheritance tax

How can you pass on an estate worth more than £1 million to your children without surrendering a large chunk to the taxman?

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Village Guide: Ripley, North Yorkshire

With its picturesque castle and popular ice-cream shop, the small community has been crowned North Yorkshire’s best village to live in. Arabella Youens finds out why.

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To pool or not to pool?

Hurrah—it’s July and the summer holidays are in sight, but, given Britain’s unpredictable weather, what’s the appetite these days for swimming pools?

How to defend your home

Forget digging a moat around your house: these days, increasingly sophisticated and affordable technology is making security easier.

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Stamp Duty reform revealed

George Osbourne has revealed that Stamp Duty on home purchases is to be reformed from midnight tonight.

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Property guide to Shamley Green

We take a look at property in and around Shamely Green in Surrey, and consider why buyers are so drawn to the village when moving out of London for the…