Claer Barrett is a former managing editor of Property Week and is the personal finance editor of the FT.
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Wake me up when September ends
In five months, Scottish voters will decide whether it is dusk for the Scottish independence movement or dawn for a new country. The property market is worrying about the consequences of a “Yes” vote.Claer Barrett reports.
Help to Buy hit home in Scotland
Will the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee exist in an independent Scotland? Claer Barrett reports
Looming referendum leaves retailers in limbo
Supermarkets are weighing up the implications of an independent Scotland. Claer Barrett reports
The wealth of nations
Sovereign wealth funds from across the globe are keeping Europe’s investment markets busy. Claer Barrett reports
Letters to our editor
After 10 years as a leader, Giles Barrie bows out this week. His past proteges pay tribute to the man who made them what they are today
Urban prophet: Richard Florida
Richard Florida is the thought leader of the “Future Cities” movement that is redefining global real estate. Claer Barrett met him. Photographs by Nick Cunard
Defending London’s Honor: The Honor Chapman Memorial Project
The capital’s crown as the world’s top city is under serious threat. This is the warning from the Honor Chapman Memorial Project. Claer Barrett reports
Bloomsbury set inspires co-op shops for voids
People’s Supermarket concept is spreading across UK. Claer Barrett reports
Retailers on blocks for ‘Shopping Olympics’
… but there are questions over whether West End will be a winner. Claer Barrett reports
Luxury retailers loosen bonds to Mayfair’s most expensive street
Demand for prime means brands are spilling on to Dover and Albermarle streets
Is this the €nd?
Ailing property markets, weak economic growth and political tensions across the 27 states that make up the world’s largest economy are placing unprecedented pressure on the euro. Will it crack? Claer Barrett thinks the unthinkable and asks leading economists for their predictions
Payback time for Europe's powerhouses
The mood among listed property companies at the annual EPRA conference in Amsterdam last month was upbeat.
British estate agents are heading east on roadshows for Asian investors, who are hungry for London residential property. Claer Barrett reports
Here’s some advice: sack your IFA!
So-called independent financial advisers have been given a roasting in the press this past week – and most of my contacts in the property world are secretly rubbing their hands with glee.
Breakfast: the new lunch
Claer Barrett sets her alarm and meets the dealmakers for a round of toast
Are social networking websites time-wasting distractions, or can they help business? Claer Barrett finds out how many property companies are plugged in
Vulture clubs: Buy-to-let property investment
Buy-to-let property investment clubs have a new sales pat: cash in on the credit crunch
Hands across the water
Claer Barrett meets Barry Cox, associate director at DTZ’s Bangkok office, and Chris Halliwell, manager at DTZ’s Bangalore office
Good morning Vietnam
Vietnam’s economic boom has excited cross-border investors.
Clash of the Titles
Title disputes threaten to deprive investors of land they thought they had paid for, but insurance could provide a back-up.