22 Aug

Investors in Kevin McCloud's projects told they face huge losses

Many feel they have been fobbed off by Grand Designs presenter’s promised returnsTV presenter whose design for living turned sourSmall investors who sank millions of pounds into the TV property guru Kevin McCloud’s eco-friendly housing ventures have been told they could face...

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22 Aug

Greenland is off the market – but which other islands or towns could Donald Trump buy?

From Chilean isles to whole Italian villages, it is possible to purchase a lot of property in a hurry, even for non-billionairesIt’s been a while since the United States went around buying up bits of the world, and with US president Donald...

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21 Aug

HS2 delivery company spent £600m buying up properties on route

Comedian John Bishop and PM’s father sold their homes as part of compensation schemeThe comedian John Bishop has been one of HS2’s most outspoken critics – and may presumably be delighted that its future is in doubt – but he has also...

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20 Aug

Persimmon profits fall as housebuilder looks at repairing reputation

Company increased customer service spending by about 40% after criticism over qualitySales and profits at Persimmon have slipped as the UK’s second biggest housebuilder attempts to repair its battered reputation after criticism of its shoddy workmanship, huge executive rewards and an overreliance...

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19 Aug

Tell us about your worst experiences of letting agents and property viewings

Were there bugs crawling on the walls? Did the estate agent just lie to you? Share your experiences with usHit sitcom Stath Lets Flats, about an incompetent London lettings agent, returns to UK screens tonight. The show features some truly cringe-inducing attempts...

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19 Aug

I want to sell my UK home; can I avoid capital gains tax?

I’m a Jersey resident and hear that if I live in my UK house for a year, I don’t have to payQ I live in Jersey in the Channel Islands and am looking at selling a house in the UK that I...

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19 Aug

Britons indulge in surprise pre-Brexit house buying spree

Buyers looking to complete deals before 31 October, says property site RightmoveBritish house hunters have launched a surprise August buying spree before the scheduled Brexit date, with new data showing sales reached their highest point since 2015 during the usually sleepy summer...

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18 Aug

Sajid Javid denies floating idea of stamp duty for sellers

Chancellor had suggested he could look at various options, saying he was ‘a low-tax guy’Sajid Javid has quashed speculation that he could shift stamp duty on to sellers rather than buyers, just two days after suggesting he could look at the idea.The...

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17 Aug

How to build a climate-proof home that never floods

The Netherlands has found an ingenious way to combat rising water – build housing that does the sameCould climate change-resistant homes help solve the housing crisis? The Met Office’s conclusion was unequivocal. There is “no doubt” climate change played a role in...

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17 Aug

£6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike too | Patrick Collinson

Rents paid by university students have been rising by about double the rate of inflation for yearsSuper deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parentsUniversity – you know the fees, but what about the costs?When did it become acceptable to treat university students as...

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