Investing in property

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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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Where next for house prices?

While London property continues to struggle, prices elsewhere in Britain are showing far more variation, says Sarah Moore.

Should landlords hire a letting agent?

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.

How can you take equity out of your home?

Many homeowners will have a substantial amount of equity in their house as a result of soaring property prices. It may be possible to borrow against this, says Emma Lunn – although caution is needed.

Tenants to bid for rental properties

Househunters will be asked to bid against one another to “win” a rental property if they use a property auction service that has recently launched in the UK.

The Volvo effect on house prices

Volvo’s decision to go solely electric could create an opportunity for canny buyers in the housing market, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Pick up a steady income from supermarkets

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.

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