House prices are rising at their fastest pace since their 2006 peak as the market revival spreads across the country.
The official figures on house prices have revealed important detail on what is happening where.
An industry survey says house prices are rising at their fastest pace since 2006 - but it may be a case of be careful what you wish for.
Cuts to housing support will put people in Newcastle at risk of losing their homes if they lose their jobs. A charity has identified Newcastle as a "worrying hotspot". Shelter analysed the impact of the Government's controversial Universal Credit reforms.
Under the current system, renters who have not claimed housing benefit in the previous year get the full cost of their rent covered for up to 13 weeks if unemployed.
Shelter warned that under Universal Credit a renter will only receive a standard amount towards their housing costs.
– Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter
This research highlights the frightening reality that as support continues to be cut, losing your job is increasingly likely to mean losing your home.
"The high cost of housing, rising living costs, and job insecurity are already making it incredibly tough for families to survive. Just one thing, like an illness or redundancy, can be all it takes to tip a family on a downward spiral."
The Government said that only a "tiny percentage" of housing benefit claimants receive help from the 13-week rule, which was designed 27 years ago.
It argues that the package of Universal Credit reforms will also give people a much clearer route back into work.
– Department for Work and Pensions
"This is an outdated and poorly targeted use of public funds that helps only a tiny percentage of housing benefit claimants for a short period of time and fails to support low income workers.
"In fact, three million households will be better off under Universal Credit, with people getting their housing support paid at the rate that reflects their personal circumstances, while also benefiting from better work incentives."
House prices are rising at their highest pace since 2006 and the North East has experienced one of the biggest increases in buyer activity in the country.
The new report has just been released by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The news is being celebrated by those who are selling homes but others are still waiting to see the benefits.
Rachel Bullock reports.
House prices are rising at their fastest pace since their 2006 peak, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The figures show the number of buyers in the North East of England is now rising faster than almost anywhere else in the country, partly because the region was hit hardest when the market crashed.
House prices are on the up and the number of people buying houses in the North East is rising faster than anywhere else in the country, according to a new report on the housing market from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).
Rics said the region, along with the West Midlands, had "suffered more than most" since the market crash but would now experience the greatest surge in activity.
Campaigners fighting against plans for a new housing estate in North Tyneside have won their battle. Last night councillors rejected proposals for 450 new homes at Holystone.
It's merely the latest victory for 'people power' over the developers.
People living in the Byker Wall estate are celebrating after the ownership of their homes was transferred to their community. Around two thousand houses have been handed over from Newcastle City Council following a multi million pound funding deal.
Last year £23m of council debt was wiped out by the Government enabling the Byker Community Trust to take over the running of iconic development. The tenants feel that now their future is in their own hands
The North East is receiving £7 million pounds to bring empty homes back into use.
The money is being given to five councils from Tyneside to Teesside.
One charity has welcomed the news but says it will not solve what it calls the housing crisis.