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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.

Where are house prices heading?

If you’re looking for value in UK property, the pickings are slim – prices are soaring back to unsustainable levels, says John Stepek.

It’ll take more than a London luxury bust to crash UK house prices

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.

Are UK house prices about to crash?

If house prices in Britain do hit the skids, it won’t be because of the EU referendum vote, says John Stepek. The causes will be much closer to home.

Commercial property: should you join the rush for the exits?

In February, investors pulled more cash from commercial property funds than in any month since 2008. Natalie Stanton investigates why.

House prices: supply is not the problem

It might appear that a shortage of new houses to blame for Britain’s high house prices. But that’s not the real reason, says Edward Chancellor.

Looking for a buy-to-let property? Wait until 2019

Despite the drawbacks, buy-to-let property is still very popular. But if you want lower prices and higher yields, says Merryn Somerset Webb, put off buying for a few years.

Yet another snub for buy-to-letters

Last week’s Budget contained yet more bad news for the buy-to-let sector. Big landlords will now be subject to the new “second home” stamp duty surcharge of three percentage points.

Investing in property: Are holiday lets worth the slog?

With buy-to-let property becoming less and less appealing, landlords are hunting around for other options – such as holiday lets. But are they worth it?

Warning signs flash red in the capital's housing market

There’s one area that may be flashing a warning sign for the rest of London’s red hot housing market, says Matthew Partridge – new-builds.

London's property market is heading for a fall

House prices in London are well above their pre-2008 peaks. But it looks like things are about to change. Matthew Partridge explains what’s in store for London property.

First-time buyers: don’t touch property crowdfunding products with a bargepole

Property crowdfunding products aimed at first time buyers don’t help anyone, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They just add an extra slice of personal financial risk.

I may be buying a flat there, but I still think London house prices will crash

The future for London house prices is very clear, says Merryn Somerset Webb: they will crash.

Political risk and investing lesson number one: don’t be an easy target

The chancellor has made it clear that he has buy-to-let investors firmly in his sights. John Stepek explains what it means for the economy, and for the property market.

The world’s most bubbly housing markets

Swiss bank UBS has compiled an index of the most bubbly housing markets in the world. No prizes for guessing who comes top.

Britain’s housing shortage is shrinking – what does that mean for prices?

Business is booming for housebuilders, with over 150,000 homes built last year. John Stepek looks at what that means for Britain’s sky-high house prices.

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