It’s every amateur landlord’s conundrum, says Emma Lunn – whether to hire a letting agent to manage your rental property or go it alone.
Investing in property
Property has held up remarkably well since US sub-prime mortgages sparked the financial crisis. UK house prices, for example, have risen to record highs. But there's more to investing in property than buying a holiday home or buy-to-let.
Commercial property has become an attractive investment via, for example, real estate investment trusts (Reits) or even property crowdfunding. At MoneyWeek, you can find some of the best ways of money from investing in property.
UK house price indices
The Halifax and Nationwide indices are based on each lender's mortgage approvals, and exclude cash sales. Both are 'seasonally-adjusted' – the market is slower in winter and busier in spring. The Rightmove index is based on sellers' initial asking pricess, and the DCLG (Dept for Communities and Local Government) index is based on data including house prices, mortgages, transactions and land prices.
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A new real-estate investment trust – the Supermarket Income Reit – looks like it might could provide the kind of asset-backed, secure income stream that would traditionally be in demand from pension funds.
You may already feel that you are insured to the hilt, but landlords’ insurance is one that you really can’t do without, says Sarah Moore.
Home ownership has fallen sharply as house prices have spiralled out of control. The reason behind it is clear, says John Stepek. And there’s only one way to fix it.
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants as threatened to take the Home Office to court if it doesn’t re-evaluate its controversial right-to-rent scheme.
Changes to the way landlords are taxed have been accused of being overly harsh. Is that fair? Emma Lunn investigates.
The property market has fallen for the third month in a row. Is a dramatic fall in house prices on the cards, asks Sarah Moore.