Investing in property

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Invest with the activists to earn higher returns, says Matthew Partridge

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.

Don't buy that house!

The positive climate surrounding the buy-to-let sector is unravelling – fast. A rash move now and you could pay a heavy price.

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Forget Brexit – UK property is a buy

Share prices in the property sector crashed by more than 20% in mid-2016 as soon as the news of the Brexit vote came through. Yet the market has performed much better than many expected. Property returns have fallen in the last year, but have still been positive.

Don’t be caught by conveyancing scams

Conveyancing fraud is becoming increasingly common, with 159 homebuyers losing their deposits to fraudsters last year, up 85% on 2015.

How to vet prospective tenants

Finding the right tenant is a vital if you want to be paid on time. Emma Lunn explains how to go about it.

A long and fiddly checklist for landlords

Buying a property and letting it to tenants may sound like easy money, says Emma Lunn – but it’s a fiddly and increasingly bureaucratic business.

New opportunities in P2P buy-to-let

More than £30m of buy-to-let mortgages from P2P property-lender Landbay have been securitised and given an AAA rating. But does investing in buy-to-let as an asset class make any sense? David C Stevenson investigates.

Money-for-nothing clauses will have to go

The government has announced a crackdown on leasehold agreements – and not before time, says Sarah Moore.

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