Brexit: doom or boom for UK property?

Illustration depicting UK property doom
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Two estate agents give contrasting views on what leaving the EU could mean for house prices and international investment

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Hugo Greenhalgh: countries off the gaydar

There are many parts of the world where homosexuality is banned — so what to do if you have to move to such a country?

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Kevin Rafferty: dream home made concrete

Idea to create our perfect house in Japan meant battling against a culture of disposability and bureaucracy

Carl Wilkinson: the mess we’re in

New York went some way with its ‘pooper scooper’ law but cities must do more to halt the tide of dog waste, says Carl Wilkinson

Illustration of a man at a museum by James Fryer
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Edwin Heathcote: the beauty of Brutalism

Once seen as ‘concrete monstrosities’, now even the National Trust is celebrating British modernism

Illustration of an estate agent
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Ed Mead: love your estate agent

It is time professional property brokers got some credit for making people’s dreams come true, says Ed Mead

Mansion tax illustration
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Ed Mead on pre-election nerves

Uncertainty over taxes is rattling the UK market but further investment in its top end seems inevitable

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Anna Minton on Britain’s ‘broken’ planning system

Why speculators are benefiting from rising land values instead of local communities as was originally intended

Izabella Kaminska: a London-only interest rate?

The logic behind the theory lies in the assumption that the UK capital is transforming into a sovereign city-state

Izabella Kaminska: Real estate’s deadly secrets

Why you may struggle to unearth the devil in the detail when you find your perfect property

Izabella Kaminska: a fridge too far?

Before spouting forth on smart appliances interfering with our consumer choices, think of the upsides they bring

Best of 2014 - In business there’s no place like home

Why a group of lawyers was prepared to pay ‘hedge-fund level’ rent to keep its office in the General Motors building

Izabella Kaminska: can our cities stay in the race?

The bigger the urban system gets, the more energy-intensive it becomes and the faster and bigger life needs to be to sustain it

The wasted power of Bitcoin

Could an energy intensive, electrical mining rig offer a smart solution to heating our homes?

Under threat: Britain’s green urban space

Where are the visions for new Arcadias and public parks that inspire others to follow? By Jane Owen

Crops v conservation: farmers’ dilemma

Farmers and environmentalists need to work together to ensure the industry is both productive and ecologically sound

Build like a Bond villain

If you’re not one of the elite, you’ll end up being a servant to them in some shape or form

London developers on unsteady ground

The city’s increasingly commodified real estate market is dominated by speculative foreign buyers

Best of 2014 - Izabella Kaminska: summits wrong

‘The hunt for fresh snow, the new scarce commodity, has begun to resemble a Klondike gold rush’

Capitalism’s threat to space

‘This is the point when a power-hungry billionaire finds a legal path to building his own Death Star’


The Perspective column gives a tangential view of the property world. It is written, mostly, by the FT’s Property Correspondent Ed Hammond.