The only way to solve Britain’s housing crisis is to throw the door open to the free market, says Matthew Lynn.
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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John Stepek chairs our roundtable discussion to find out where our panel of experts think house prices are heading next.
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International Property Securities Exchange will enable owners of individual commercial properties to float their buildings on a regulated market.