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Kicking the Property Ladder: Why buying a house makes less sense than renting - and how to invest the money you save in shares, gold, stamps and more by Robin Bennett

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Chapter 1. Life on the Farm

WE LIVE IN a five-bedroom house about nine miles south of Oxford. Someone started to build it in 1630 and someone else finally got around to finishing the job in about 1940. One of the interesting things about our house – given the shortage of character properties in our neck of the woods – was that between the wars it was very nearly knocked down (it was apparently very cold to live in and, until very recently, it had a disappointing tendency to flood).

However, attractive lead-windows have been fitted, door frames sealed, roofs mended and ditches widened. It’s what you would call snug now, and when we light a fire in the living room this is generally just for effect and not to stop the children’s extremities ...

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