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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.

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Janna Bullock, who sold property in Moscow, New York and London, is a society figure in Manhattan

The Duke of Westminster, the property tycoon and the missing millions: Britain's richest man may be called as witness in a multimillion-pound fraud claim

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Chinese billionaire Lam Kok feared dead along with 12-year-old son after helicopter crash in France

The hotel magnate, along with his young son, was viewing his newly bought chateau from the air

Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford had to issue an apology after falsely claiming a reporter took photos of his children

Rob Ford writes humiliating apology after false claim reporter took photos of his children

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has apologised after he claimed a Canadian reporter was “lurking” around his house, climbing his fences and taking photos of his children.

1 in every 105 households in England at risk of repossession or eviction

Newham in London named worst 'hotspot'

UK house prices set to rise 8% in 2014, says RICS

Surveyor warns the demand and supply imbalance remains the biggest challenge facing the residential market

Council Christmas card warns London tenants to 'pay your rent'

Postcard advises tenants not to 'overindulge' over the festive period

A 10 bedroom detached house for sale in Virginia Water, on for £12,000,000 with Hanover

Number of property millionaires up by a third

Wales is home to the fewest property millionaires in Britain

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

Could house prices rise another 8% next year?

"The current property market appears to show no signs of slowing as we approach Christmas"

Social housing tenants in trouble over the rent face eviction

Eviction notices to struggling tenants up by a quarter

Welfare cuts have sparked a dramatic increase in the number of eviction notices issued by landlords, a new survey reveals.

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

Government hides risks of controversial Help to Buy scheme

A secret paper on the house-buying scheme reveals officials’ concerns

The Bank of England announced that interest rates will stay at 0.5 per cent

Bank of England keeping an eye on UK 'microwave' housing market, says chief economist Spencer Dale

The housing market is capable of overheating with little warning, a senior Bank of England official said on Friday, amid rising concerns that the Government’s mortgage subsidies could be inflating a fresh property bubble.

Engineers examine the damage left by flash floods in Walsden, near Todmorden, West Yorkshire

New maps show fewer homes at risk of surface flooding

But five million properties in England still at risk

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