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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.

Bob Crow, leader of the Rail Maritime and Transport union, which commissioned the study, said: 'This latest research shows that the failures of privatisation are costing the UK hundreds of billions of pounds in social value.'

Bob Crow: 'I have no moral duty' to move out of council house despite receiving six-figure salary as RMT boss

The RMT general secretary said he was being victimised for living in a council property and it would be unfair on his family to move them out of it

David and Victoria Beckham buy west London home for £40m

The former footballer and Spice Girl are expected to invest £5m on doing the house up to their own specifications

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I feel like a traitor. Earlier this month – despite knowing how deleterious our national obsession with home ownership is to the young – I bought a one-bedroom flat in south London. I’m now a fully mortgaged-up member of the Kirstie Allsopp club.

Fighting neglect: ‘Property for a pound’ schemes have taken off in areas such as Liverpool

First-time buyers given a push across the threshold

From £1 houses to Help to Buy, Julian Knight looks at the schemes that help people on to the housing ladder

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Black children 'still getting raw deal' from the schools system, says Gove

Black children are still getting a raw deal from the schools system, the Education Secretary Michael Gove said.

One million households could be 'forced into renting' in property price spiral

AN extra million households will be forced into rental accommodation over the next five years as rising home prices out lock potential buyers out of the property market, new research warned today.

Stamp duty revenues jumped by 46 per cent to more than £1 billion as buyers capitalise on the government's housing scheme

Borrowing to fall to 'only' £105bn this year after Help to Buy boost

Side effect of property scheme is £400m gain in stamp duty this month

Only 107,950 homes were constructed in 2012-13

'Disaster' as UK house-building rate falls away

Less than half the amount of new houses needed to meet demand were built in the last year

The shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, centre, will promise to underwrite the building of several new towns

Labour pledges billions to build 200,000 new homes per year if it wins next election

The  programme would also provide a stimulus for the economy and create tens of thousands of jobs in the construction industry

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

North-South house price divide: turning into a chasm?

With the cost of homes in London soaring as rich overseas buyers 'colonise' the capital, some of the hidden effects are revealed

Gennady Bogolyubov has become a frequent visitor to London’s civil courts

Heard the one about the rabbi and the oligarch? Business deal turned sour sends shockwaves through London’s Chabad Jewish community

Gennady Bogolyubov and Rabbi Yonah Pruss' bitter legal battle over multi-million pound property deals looks destined for the High Court

George Osborne's Autumn Statement could see British expats hit with 28% tax on property they hold in UK, experts warned

Autumn Statement: Plans for new capital gains tax on wealthy foreigners could backfire on thousands of British people

Experts warn measures to make overseas investors ‘pay their share’ could also hit expats with 28% levy

A 3 bedroom bungalow for sale in Barff Lane, Brayton YO8, on with Stephensons for offers in the region of £239,950

Downsizing is the main reason for selling a home

Average age of those looking to downsize is only 40

London Mayor Boris Johnson says people should stop 'bashing' the super-rich

Boris comes to the rescue of the super-rich! But not for those who need a home...

In Earl’s Court, the Mayor is supporting the demolition of hundreds of council homes

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