The secret of a successful house sale: a mezuzah

By Simon Round, March 5, 2009

With property prices in freefall, many home-owners who need to sell are desperately looking for way of maximising the price of their properties.

But according to a survey due to be released on Monday, the answer could be under their noses.

North London-based property website,, has revealed that houses and flats with a mezuzah on the front door are selling for approximately £10,000 more than those without the small cylinder containing Hebrew parchment.


Housing association fears cut in Barnet funding

By James Martin, February 19, 2009

The Barnet-based Jewish Community Housing Association fears the loss of essential services through local authority funding cutbacks.

JCHA currently receives £71,752 from Barnet Council’s Supporting People programme to pay for wardens and an emergency calls system for seven schemes and over 200 tenants, among them people with learning or physical disabilities.


£3.9m for Leeds housing

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2009

The regeneration of a sheltered housing complex for the Leeds Jewish community has moved a step closer after a £3.9 million grant from the government. The money will enable the construction of 46 two-bedroom and 16 one-bedroom apartments.

They will be built next to the Leeds Jewish Community Centre in Stonegate Road and will replace outdated bungalows at the Queenshill Estate site.

Construction begins in the spring and is due to be completed by the end of 2010. LJHA will then have 230 properties in its portfolio.


More space for worship advised

By Leon Symons, January 15, 2009

New housing developments should have a specific area set aside to create facilities for faith communities, according to a newly-published report.

Construction companies should be told that they must set aside half a hectare (1.23 acres) of empty land in developments to enable faith communities to erect their own buildings, said Cambridgeshire Horizons, the organisation which produced the report “Building for Faith in the Future” and which is responsible for identifying new communities in the East Anglian county.


A £100,000 row — over 4m of land

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2008

A dispute between two Sephardi families over a patch of land in North-West London ended up in the Court of Appeal this week.

Freddy Ezekiel and his son Mark are seeking to reverse a judgment made against them earlier this year over a site in Hendon which they agreed to buy from brothers David and Haim Kohali for £300,000 nine years ago.

But the judges were clearly exercised by cost of the one-day appeal, along with a previous eight-day trial. "It's not sensible litigation," said Lord Justice Mummery during Tuesday's hearing.


Saul Magrill is 94 and still hot property in the business world

By Candice Krieger, August 7, 2008

Surely, 94-year-old Saul Magrill is the oldest man in property? Cardiff-based Mr Magrill, who started his career 77 years ago, still works part-time as a commercial property consultant at Chris John & Partners.


Outcry as Defence Ministry authorises 20 new houses in the West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2008

Settlers in the Jordan Valley are unfazed by the international outcry against the Defence Ministry's decision to authorise the building of 20 houses at a West Bank settlement.

In an unusually harsh statement, Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband has described it as "a real obstacle to peace" and complained directly to Jerusalem. The US State Department and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon also condemned the planned expansion at Maskiot, in the Jordan Valley.


So who are the settlers?

July 31, 2008

"We are not settlers," was the blunt response of the press officer for the Beitar Illit local council, when asked to comment on the town's status.

"This is just the place where the government decided to build new housing for the Charedi community. We would have gone wherever they would have given us land."


£40m Leeds plan is hit by credit crunch

July 24, 2008
The credit crunch has forced Leeds Jewish Housing Association to rethink the £40 million redevelopment of its Queenshill estate in Moortown.

Association chairman Arnold Zermansky told its annual meeting that uncertainty in the housing market had prompted some revision of the plans.

Chief executive Sheila Saunders pointed out that "in the current financial climate, no scheme would go ahead without government subsidy".


Crunch counselling from a property pro

By Candice Krieger, July 17, 2008

As the UK property market continues to fall foul of the credit crunch, one of the industry’s most influential agents has some advice: brace yourself, be patient — and take a longer holiday.