Mira Bar Hillel

Mira Bar-Hillel is Property and Planning correspondent of the Evening Standard

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Bubble or no, it's a great time to be an estate agent

Their stores are spreading like toadstools as thousands of staff join the workforce

Gove's reaction to the censure of Israeli architects involved in illegal construction in the West Bank was to be expected

The Education Secretary's sensitivity on Jewish issues is nothing new

Workers inspect one of the 30-storey Red Road residential blocks in north Glasgow

Why I'll be celebrating the demolition of Glasgow's Red Road tower blocks

Too many of these concrete carbuncles are still standing

I dated Ehud Olmert once. His ambition stood out, but the corruption was yet to come

It was a taste for the high life that brought the former Israeli PM down

When councils shroud their deals with private developers in secrecy, you get the feeling something's up

Openness and transparency is on trial at the Heygate tribunal

What Ed should do with London's ghost houses

Just tinkering with council tax will not even address the tip of this iceberg.

HS2’s under-fire rail line, as it might look crossing the Birmingham and Fazeley canal

In search of financial support for flood victims and defences? Divert the HS2 budget now

Step forward High Speed 2 and defend yourself

The pinnacle of The Shard

Why the Shard stands proud – but empty

The oil-Rich Qataris failed to note those three basic requirement for success in the UK property market: location, location and – you guessed it – location

Mount Unpleasant: How the Royal Mail Group will make a fortune from selling flats to private investors

The proposal has dropped the amount of 'affordable' housing to a derisory level

Experts warn of a ‘notably strong’ property market and the creation of a new bubble

A bubble? No, this is a toxic housing crisis

The problem is, speeches won't build you a home - and neither will politicians

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