Analysts proved wrong as 115,000 new mortgages agreed in July.
Residential property in England and Wales now accounts for about 40% of all inheritance tax paid.
Increasing by 30%, city bonuses reach a record high compared to £10.9bn for 2006.
Estate agents and industry pundits explain the reasons for their concerns about HIPs.
Repossessions rise and lenders tighten up but a slump is thought unlikely.
House prices rise overall but decline in London for the first time in 12 months.
The ill-fated launch of the Home Information Pack has hit another glitch as mortgage provider HSBC has said that it will not agree to provide mortgages unless the potential buyer does a full authority search themselves.
'Respect' initiative provides help, advice and aims to tackle underlying causes of behaviour.
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