Does your area pass the coffee shop test?

Independent coffee shop openings indicate an area is on the up, says new 'barista barometer' study which names south-east London neighbourhoods as the places to watch...

​Hot homes: London homes for £250,000 or less

You may not be able to buy in prime central London for under £250,000 anymore, but cast your net a little wider and there are still affordable homes to be had in the capital - from a one-bedroom flat with good transport links for £175,000, to a two-bedroom maisonette with a conservatory for £229,950 plus shared-ownership new-build homes from £40,000. Join us on a property tour across London, from Wandsworth to Hackney and Lewisham, in search of good-value homes. 

NewBuy scheme for first-time buyers

A scheme for buyers with just a five per cent deposit has been announced by the Prime Minister. David Spittles looks at the details and where to buy

Go south-east young buyers

SE postcodes are among the cheapest in the capital. David Spittles says a new exhibition offers some exciting choices for first-time buyers