Property

Dear Mary: How can I lie about my age and still use my Senior Railcard?

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Q. I was not brought up in England and don’t appear in Who’s Who. This means that there is no…

The hotels trying to turn Cornwall into Kensington

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Mousehole is a charming name; it is almost a charming place. It is a fishing village on Mount’s Bay, Cornwall,…

Are the Qataris ready for the curse of Canary Wharf?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

I’ve written before of a ‘curse of Qatar’ that might explain misfortunes attending the Gulf state’s UK investments, of which…

London’s real Olympic legacy: paying to build the stadium twice

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Giving London’s Olympic stadium a ‘legacy’ is proving to be a very costly business

How Italy failed the stress test (and Emilio Botín didn’t)

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Continuing last week’s theme, it was the Italian banks — with nine fails, four still requiring capital injections — that…

Prue Leith’s diary: I want to be green, but I’ve got some flights to take first...

18 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Please God, make me good, but not yet.’ I know the feeling. As I get older and more deeply retired,…

Why my friends love the idea of a nasty, stupid mansion tax

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I see all the flaws with a mansion tax, I really do. And yet some little piece of me, some…

Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such…

What will it take for us to stop doing business with Qatar?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Qatari money has flooded into London – but also into much less savoury places

Andrew Marr’s diary: Seeing shadows of Syria in Limousin’s ghost village

30 August 2014 9:00 am

No, no, no, you don’t want a house abroad — the paperwork, the taxes, the piping, the cost of the…

The squeezed middle is a myth

16 August 2014 9:00 am

With soaring house prices and low interest rates, the middle classes are doing rather well. But you’d never think so to hear them

You’ll mock me, but I have to ask: why don’t any of my friends have holiday homes?

9 August 2014 9:00 am

This is to be one of those columns that makes the writer faintly wish there wasn’t an internet. It would…

Sloane Rangers vs Arabs – the battle for Chelsea

12 July 2014 9:00 am

In Knightsbridge and Chelsea, tension simmers between Sloanes and super-rich Arabs

‘Dark pools’ are just another conspiracy of bankers against the public

5 July 2014 9:00 am

It was at the Mansion House dinner last year that a City gent two seats away announced himself to be…

How the internet can – and should – destroy estate agents

28 June 2014 9:00 am

The internet can – and should – bring it about

Gordon Ramsay joins in the posh invasion of Battersea

5 April 2014 9:00 am

London House is in Battersea, which some people call South Chelsea, but is more East Wandsworth to my mind; or…

The engagement-ring theory of property bubbles

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Google ‘the bread market’ and you get 135,000 hits, mostly from specialist food industry websites. Google ‘the property market’, however,…

Any other business: How François Hollande let France miss the global recovery train

25 January 2014 9:00 am

I’ve always respected stationmasters, but that sentiment is not universally shared. A distinguished friend of mine across the Channel described…

How to make money from the Scottish referendum

2 November 2013 9:00 am

An investor’s guide to the Scottish referendum

How mansion taxes will make us all poorer

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Mansion taxes may be inevitable – and will make us all poorer

This isn’t a property bubble – it’s a reason to improve London’s transport

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Everyone —including me, if I’m honest — has been talking about a new property bubble. But is it for real?…

My mansion tax solution: hit rich foreigners. But no one else

14 September 2013 9:00 am

I am surprised no more attention has been given to Martin Vander Weyer’s suggestion in The Spectator two weeks ago…

What Vodafone should do with its huge windfall: invest it in the next Vodafone

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Vodafone, which has just collected an £84 billion windfall from the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon…

Welcome to Big Venice: How London became a tourist-trap city

10 August 2013 9:00 am

London is at risk of becoming a tourist trap full of second homes