In praise of broom cupboards

Eric Pickles would not make the ideal occupant of the original London broom cupboard — a 60 square-foot former janitor’s…

14 Nov 2015

A boom in naughty weekends

As with the awkward play-off between the possession and consumption of cake, there is a conundrum behind most property investment:…

3 Oct 2015

Why can’t I invest in private landlords?

Here’s an oddity. It might make an essay question for an A-level in personal finance, if there is such a…

23 May 2015

A sugar tax is simply a tax on the poor

Why is it that whenever anyone proposes a tax on the wealthy all hell breaks loose, but when someone proposes…

22 May 2015

Why not buy an office block?

From taxi drivers to hairdressers, half the world seems to own residential buy-to-let property. But why does hardly anyone own…

7 Mar 2015

Is your smartphone making you fat?

Matthew Parris is obsessed by an unsolicited app which landed on his smartphone and which, thanks to GPS tracking, is…

23 Jan 2015

Flat earth

There has never been a better time to buy a foreign property, or so the developers tell us. In fact, for as…

30 Nov 2014

Bad days for the buy-to-letters

Among the villains of modern life, buy-to-let investors feature somewhere between people who text while they’re eating and dog-walkers who…

8 Nov 2014

Crash Course

The question came to me the other week when I read about a youngish graduate in London living in a…

20 Sep 2014