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Given our national obsession with property prices, Tim Walker’s novel is bound to hit a nerve. His fictional couple, the Manvilles, bought their large north London home at a knock-down price in the 1990s, and it became the key to two aspects of their family life. Jerry, a successful advertising executive, undertook all the original plumbing, electrical and redecoration work; Pen devised a series of popular children’s books, The House on the Hill, whose “cheeky brat with the ridiculous schemes” is modelled on, and named after, her real-life son Conrad: 15 years on, they have done a loft conversion, and divorced.

House prices in London and the South-east are rising fast

House prices growing at 'fastest annual pace since 2007'

Year-on-year increase of 6.3%  in prices is the highest annual rise seen since November 2007

European migrants 'will be denied housing benefit if they are on job-seekers allowance'

People moving to this country from Europe who are unable to find work will be denied housing benefit, according to two senior Conservative cabinet members.

Belfast police hunt for group of extremists after seven attacks in 10 days on Polish residents

A group of extremists is being hunted by police after a series of attacks on Polish people living in Belfast.

Mourners visit the home of Margaret Thatcher in April 2013; her Belgravia house will go on sale after major refurbishment

Baroness Thatcher’s £12m Belgravia house to go on sale after major refurbishment

A development company has bought the property and is getting it ready to sell on

A 2 bedroom flat to rent in Skeldergate, York YO1, on with Mudd and Co for £1,200 pcm (£277 pw)

Property news roundup: Annual rent rises halved in 2013

Plus, the rise of the first time buyer, the importance of smell, and Generation Rent

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the UK should not

London Mayor Boris Johnson warns UK should not 'slam the door' on super-rich foreigners

The London Mayor's remarks came after the Chancellor announced an "oligarch tax" in the Autumn Statement last year

Gerard is one of the younger residents of James Turner Street in Winson Green

Benefits Street: West Midlands Police chief owns house on James Turner Street

The West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has been a James Turner Street landlady for almost 12 years

Anglesey residents fear shale gas speculators will be able to evict them from their homes

Calls to abolish outdated rights for lords of the manor that 'serve no purpose in the 21st century'

The title is a hangover from the feudal era and does not automatically bring with it physical property, but entitlements and duties that would have once been held by a medieval seigneur are often included

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House prices risk becoming 'unsustainable' as sales hit six-year high in December

Mortgages at the fourth highest monthly level since December 2007

Windmill Rise, Holgate, York YO26. On with Stephensons at a guide price of £190,000

Biggest jump in house price confidence among homeowners in the North

UK homeowners predict 7.2 per cent increase in property prices in the first six months of 2014

15 bedroom detached house for sale in The Bishops Avenue, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London N2. On with Knight Frank for £65,000,000

One in three people spend under 30 minutes choosing a new home

And two thirds of people looking at properties online say they have no intention of buying or selling

Barratt sales up 71% lifted by Help to Buy scheme

Barratt Developments, the biggest builder by volumes, has unveiled a huge 71 per cent rise in sales reservations to £1.26 billion — inspired by the Government’s Help to Buy scheme

The house was designed by David Austin for Sir David McMurtry

Owner of Gloucestershire mansion featured in Sherlock chooses to live in smaller home

Sir David McMurtry hosts charitable events, and fashion and film shoots at the property

National Crime Agency reins in attempts to seize tycoon Israel Perry’s assets

The new National Crime Agency is facing a major embarrassment after it abandoned most of its attempts to seize the UK and US assets of Israel Perry, the Israeli tycoon who is also suing the agency for £10m for compensation of losses allegedly caused by the lawsuit.

Green surroundings, four bedrooms, four reception rooms, a garden.... and a couple of bodies buried in it

For sale: Four-bedroom terraced house, £650,000 – with previous owners' bodies in back garden

This property could be the ideal family home; situated in a leafy suburb in south-west London, it comes complete with four double bedrooms, four reception rooms, and a reasonably sized back garden. The only problem is that the previous owners are buried under the flower bed.

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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