Something is badly wrong with the housing market – so why aren’t we talking about it?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

In 1991, 67 per cent of 25- to 34-year-olds owned their own home. In 2016, that figure had fallen to…

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The divine comedy of Friedrich Nietzsche

26 October 2019 9:00 am

I’ve come back to the empty house for the second time in the six weeks since my mother died. The…

When right-to-buy is just wrong

5 October 2019 9:00 am


Why no one ever moves back to London

31 August 2019 9:00 am

In last week’s Spectator, Martin Vander Weyer replied to a couple with a baby who had sought his advice on…

Why you shouldn’t hate the little guys who buy-to-let

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Most industries have long since been seized by the big guys. Look at coffee shops, once a tapestry of micro…

Everything you’ve heard about millennials and money is wrong

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Millennials are often portrayed as wasting their earnings on soya vanilla lattes and Instagrammable holidays in exotic locations. A Barclays…

Don’t hate housebuilders who profited from Help to Buy. It wasn’t their fault

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Was Help to Buy a timely market intervention with a valid social purpose or a political gimmick that unintentionally showered…

Believe in the post-Brexit bounce

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Believe in the post-Brexit bounce, says Matthew Lynn

Whatever happened to the Brexit property crash?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Whatever happened to the great Brexit property crash? The stock market has been pummelled on occasion since the referendum in…

Who hires the most stretch limos?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Global warnings How much time do we have to save the world from catastrophic climate change? 5 years         (according to…

Markets are clever precisely because people are silly

29 September 2018 9:00 am

A month ago I wanted to travel to Bath for a 60th birthday party. From Kent, this either involves a…

How upmarket flats became Home Suite Home

2 December 2017 9:00 am

High-end flats used to have the odd gym or bar for residents. Now they offer everything you get at a five-star hotel

How can I prevent my husband from burning all my post?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Our own dear Mary wishes Giles wouldn’t automatically assume that everything she’s sent is junk mail

Buying housebuilders’ shares beats buying houses

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Safe as ’ouses, as they say. The housing slump of 2008 seems a long time ago now. Prices across the…

The one where I manage to lose £100,000

6 May 2017 9:00 am

A gentleman on Twitter ‘writes’ to say I’m boring him with my house move. ‘Snooze-fest’, says this chap, and he…

The moral case against building an extension

11 March 2017 9:00 am

If it takes any longer to find a buyer for my London flat I am going to start coming to…

Buy high: Alpine property is still a sound investment above the snow line

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Elliot Wilson says Alpine property is a sound investment if you pick the right resort and stay above the snow line

The risks and rewards of investing in apartment-block freeholds

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Is being a buy-to-let investor just a bit too respectable for you? There’s an alternative: become a landlord’s landlord and…

‘Unexpectedly re-available’ is a phrase that speaks to me

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Unexpectedly re-available is a very good phrase. I have often seen it applied to house advertisements and thought how fabulously…

Thank God for expensive lawyers!

25 February 2017 9:00 am

When you buy a house in Britain, there is an extensive and well-established series of checks you must perform to…

My kitchen kink is causing merry hell

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Fine, so I got it completely wrong. It turns out the sale of my flat was not held up by…

How many goals must an England footballer score to be knighted?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Match of the knights Emails emerged suggesting David Beckham would rather appreciate a knighthood. How many goals do you have…

Our high streets are reviving — don’t let bank closures mess them up

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Almost a decade after the financial crisis loomed, our high streets and town centres are full of life again: who…

The buyer of my flat has an unhealthy obsession with my wiggle

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The problem holding up my house move turns out to be a wiggle. Have you ever had a wiggle? It…

Dear Mary: how can my son entertain friends now that he is a lodger?

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Q. My son decided to go straight into work and has got a job. The problem is that it is…