The leafy town only 13 miles from central London

Served by four train stations, with 30-minute services to Victoria and London Bridge, the south-London town of Purley offers a range of properties - with family homes the star attraction - and the regeneration of nearby Croydon that's set to be a game changer.

The average cost of renting in every London borough

A new report reveals the average cost of renting in London’s borough’s is  £1,461 a month. Discover the most affordable boroughs to live in based on private rental costs over a 12-month period throughout the capital, the cheapest areas include Barking and Dagenham (£864 a month), Bexley (£889 a month), Croydon (£916 a month) and Havering (£919 a month).

December auctions under £100,000: bag a bargain

Visit an auction this month and pick up a bargain property. We’ve previewed the catalogues and found a bundle of opportunities including an investment property on Fulham Broadway and a building plot in Catford.

End of stamp duty "holiday" looms

Record numbers of first-time buyers have been house-hunting since the introduction of the stamp duty waiver. Late starters have just a month left to save £2,500

Boris shakes up the suburbs

The Mayor promises young Londoners exciting homes and jobs across the capital's outer boroughs. Now his team is getting to work

Gifts for less than £10

Early shopping for presents can save you a fortune. Barbara Chandler checks out where to go for inspiring choices