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Prudence Ivey

Editor, Homes & Property

Property News

Stamp duty cut: Kwasi Kwarteng cuts the property tax

The new, permanent cuts to stamp duty are effective from today

Sep 23, 2022
Buying & Mortgages

What is stamp duty tax and why do we pay it?

Stamp duty must be paid by the buyer of any home in England that costs more than £250,000 — so what is this tax and where did it come from?

Sep 23, 2022
Buying & Mortgages

What does the stamp duty cut mean for house prices?

Rather than reducing overall buying costs there are concerns the stamp duty cut will push up house prices

Sep 23, 2022
Property News

Cutting stamp duty could push up house prices and mortgage bills

Reports claim the Government is planning to reduce the property tax as part of efforts to boost economic growth

Sep 22, 2022
Property News

Comment: is the government really going to ignore first-time buyers?

The economic plans set out by the new government offer a boost to the richest homeowners while ignoring first-time buyers and renters

Sep 21, 2022
Property News

‘It’s no surprise people aren’t rushing back into expensive commutes’

Commuting costs may well start to be weighed against the cost of staying at home as energy bills rise

Sep 14, 2022
Interiors

Three London hotels to book for the design inspiration alone

In a city packed with world-class design at every turn, the most stylish London hotels never fail to deliver on the interiors front. Here are three we’re raving about this week.

Aug 26, 2022
Interiors

Paris’ concept-defining design hotel still ticks all the right boxes

An affordable stay in pricey Paris in a neighbourhood where you can live like a local

Aug 25, 2022
Property News

‘I don’t care how much you paid for your home, my pub was here first’

Hospitality is struggling after Covid, the last thing they need now is a burst of Nimbyism

Aug 24, 2022
Renting

Comment: Rent rises and bidding wars give slim hope to London renters

Renters face misery whether looking for a new home or renewing a tenancy in the current frenzied market

Aug 17, 2022
Buying & Mortgages

Interest rate rise pushes first-time buyer mortgages above £1,000pcm

Bank of England base rate increase of 0.5 per cent means first-time buyers and existing homeowners face steep rise in mortgage repayments

Aug 4, 2022
Buying & Mortgages

‘Letting renters borrow more isn’t homebuyer lifeline Truss thinks’

Spending half your income on housing is unaffordable whether you rent or own

Aug 3, 2022
Where to live

‘My characterful north-west London area hasn’t changed since the 90s’

Alice Wawrik of sustainable homeware brand By Alice reveals what’s to love about her north-west London neighbourhood.

Jul 29, 2022
Property News

Comment: must ‘sports-led regeneration’ lead to soaring house prices?

Almost 40 per cent of the new homes in the Olympic Park are ‘affordable’ but second hand house prices have doubled in a decade. Does it always have to be this way?

Jul 29, 2022
Interiors

Where to buy original art for less — and how to hang it perfectly

London’s best galleries, websites and auction houses for buying affordable original art for your home

Jul 22, 2022
Property News

Comment: ‘housing should be higher up Tory leadership hopefuls agenda’

Those living at the sharp end of the housing crisis will see little hope in the debates so far

Jul 22, 2022
Interiors

‘I love the sunshine but London homes must be built to beat the heat’

We need to future-proof our buildings against extreme weather

Jul 15, 2022
Where to live

‘London leavers can be tone deaf but housing crisis isn’t their fault’

Chirruping about the price of a pint outside London is not going to win you any friends

Jul 8, 2022
Interiors

Top London restaurant designer on adding luxury to small interiors

No flat is too small for opulence, says the interior designer behind some of London’s most stylish restaurants. Here’s how to create a glamorous atmosphere in even the smallest city flat

Jul 7, 2022