Investing in property

A crackdown on the estate-agent cartel

Estate agent's board © Alamy

Estate agents don’t immediately spring to mind when most people think of illegal cartels. But it’s worth doing your research to make sure you’re not overcharged for selling your home.

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.

To avoid the time bomb at the heart of this sector you need to read our new investment report.

It'll arm you with everyone you need to become a well-informed buy-to-let investor.

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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.

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