Property The restoration game: Crossways in leafy Hanwell, west London, has failed to sell at auction and may continue to lie derelict

Plus Six Nations property breakdown, empty homes, homelessness, and rents in UK cities

A man in New York is now too scared to flush after his toilet exploded in his face

New York man is too scared to flush after toilet explodes in his face

The fearful man now goes to extraordinary lengths just in case it happens again

Surge in new homes but building sector slips back

A housebuilding surge failed to offset a summer blip for the wider building sector as industry output slipped back marginally.

Construction output suffers a fall despite homebuilding surge

The office for National Statistics said construction output failed to improve despite a homebuilding surge

Construction output suffers a fall despite homebuilding surge

The office for National Statistics said construction output failed to improve despite a homebuilding surge

It's not just David Weir. A chronic shortage of social housing is making life hell for thousands of people with disabilities

Press involvement has missed the big story in this scandal

Jim Armitage: Meddling governments don't help on housing

Outlook Successive governments, no matter how libertarian, always interfere in the housing market.

Jim Armitage: Reshuffle puts the Treasury in charge

Outlook The Coalition's view that clever financing is the way to solve our housing problems, rather than planned housebuilding programmes, was given flesh in the disappointed form of Mark Prisk, axed as housing minister in the reshuffle this week.

Inside Westminster: George Osborne’s housing boom will echo into the future

Mark Carney will be watching the housing market closely, a hint that he has reservations

The kitchen in the 4 bedroom semi detached house for sale at Walney Road, Heworth Village, York. On with Ashtons for £325,000

The kitchen is now the most valuable room in the house

UK homeowners have spent £413 on kitchen gadgets in the past year

Help to Buy: George, David and Ed were all missing for their basic lesson in economics

The cleverness of the politics lies in the invisibility of those who will lose out

Development quango sent staff to pottery classes

Former staff of a development quango were sent for patchwork, pottery and jewellery-making lessons at taxpayers’ expense, an investigation has found.

Trendy flats will not fix our housing shortage

As the Help to Buy scheme is extended to £600,000 homes today, Julian Knight asks how to meet the demands of both young families and retirees

High-LTV mortages bounce back

The high loan-to-value mortgage – widely blamed for the troubles of the likes of Northern Rock in the financial crisis – has made a dramatic comeback in the north of England as the Government’s Help to Buy programme starts affecting the market in key marginal constituencies.

American troops seen in front of a vast air raid shelter in Aachen, Germany, 1945

Postcard from... Aachen

The huge yet dilapidated former Nazi bunker fills one side of a street in Aachen’s sought after Lousberg residential area.

Help to Buy making biggest impact on the under-30s

"The scheme will help to stimulate the UK housing market over the short term like a shot of adrenalin"

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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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