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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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Figures at highest level since 2007

New survey confirms that the property market is becoming overheated

Fresh fears of housing bubble as demand soars and supply shrinks

New survey confirms that the property market is becoming overheated

Official figures have revealed that the Government is breaking its promise to ensure that a new council house or flat is built to replace every one sold to tenants

Ministers ‘breaking promise over new council homes’

The Government is breaking its promise to ensure that a new council house or flat is built to replace every one sold to tenants, official figures have revealed.

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The property that inspired Arnold Ridley's play

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Comes with its own Standard Gauge 1904 steam train and carriage

Mortgage approvals near 6-year high amid fears of a new housing bubble

Approximately 67,701 mortgages worth £10.5 billion were approved for house purchase in October

House prices surged by 6.5% over past year, Nationwide reports

Latest monthly increase of 0.6 per cent took average UK house values to £174,566

Islamic Gatehouse Bank to aid UK housing crisis

Britain’s mainstream banks may be reluctant to lend these days, but a Kuwait-backed Islamic bank is to become one of Britain’s biggest residential landlords with a plan to build 6,600 rental homes and gain from the shortage in decent housing stock. It promises to be one of the biggest privately run home building projects ever.

Free agent: Mark Carney is proving his independence on Help to Buy

There is, thankfully,  no disguising the fact that Mr Carney’s aims most certainly do not accord with George Osborne's

Homebuilders under pressure after Bank of England announces plans to cool down house market

Persimmon, Britain’s largest builder by market value, plunges to the bottom of the FTSE 100 index

Councils in poor areas saw their spending power drop by 21 per cent

Spending cuts hit poorest parts of England and Scotland much harder than affluent areas

Spending cuts have hit the poorest parts of England and Scotland much harder than more affluent areas, according to research published on Thursday.

10,000 people living on boats in London

The city needs better facilities to cope with demand for trend towards waterway living, says new report

McAfee claims to have lost the majority of his fortune during the financial crisis

Evicted anti-virus guru John McAfee on the run again

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