A new report warns that recent changes to buy-to-let rules mean London house prices are about to get hammered. John Stepek explains why.
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.
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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.
The latest wave of globalisation is driving politicians to impose local solutions that could damage global trade, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Long-term returns from commercial property depend on the local economy, says Natalie Stanton.
The government is chipping away at the appeal of buy-to-let residential property, says Natalie Stanton, prompting some buyers to look for alternatives.
Equity-release products have a mixed reputation, and can offer poor value, says Sarah Moore. So, it’s important to think carefully before making a decision.
If you’re looking for value in UK property, the pickings are slim – prices are soaring back to unsustainable levels, says John Stepek.
Surveyors are predicting a fall in UK houses prices as the London luxury market falters. But don’t get your hopes up. It’s not the start of anything big.