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The balance of power is shifting away from property owners

Right-to-buy, populist land-grabs and other dodgy deals demonstrate how power is being taken away from property owners and handed to tenants, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

It’s tough to get a mortgage – so why aren’t house prices falling?

With mortgage lending much tighter than it used to be, you might think house prices would have fallen. But they haven’t. They’re still unaffordable to most. Dominic Frisby explains why.

Two of Britain’s best property timers may finally be pulling out of the market

Former maths teachers Fergus and Judith Wilson became the ‘pin-up couple’ of buy-to-let property. Now, they’re starting to sell up. Dominic Frisby asks if you should do the same.

Forget London, Birmingham is the place for businesses, workers and house-buyers

Businesses, young people and rich foreigners are flocking to Birmingham. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what makes it such a draw.

Election 2015: could rent controls pop the housing bubble?

Ed Miliband’s rent controls brainwave won’t do anything to lower rents for hard-pressed tenants, says John Stepek. But it might hit house prices.

Compared to gold, UK property is starting to look expensive

At current prices, it takes 232 ounces of gold to buy the average UK house – up 60% in the last three years. Here, Dominic Frisby compares the two markets.

Here’s why you should avoid the most popular asset class in Britain

Investors’ appetite for stocks is nothing compared with their love for property. But anyone expecting big gains from bricks and mortar could end up very disappointed, says Matthew Partridge.

The train crash waiting to happen in new-build property

Thousands of new £1m-plus flats are being built in London. Locals don’t want them – so who’s going to buy? They’ve got bubble written all over them, says Dominic Frisby.

Why 2015 is a bad time to get into buy-to-let

With a general election looming in Britain, property is becoming a political issue. That’s bad news for buy-to-let investors, says John Stepek.

Back gold miners and the Nasdaq – plus ten more predictions for 2015

Dominic Frisby dusts off his crystal ball and picks his top 12 investment predictions for 2015.

Higher interest rates are coming – it’s time to fix your mortgage

The Bank of England has made it clear that interest rates will rise in 2015. So if you own a home, or plan to buy one, fix your mortgage now.

Autumn Statement: Osborne overhauls stamp duty, Isas and pensions

Kam Patel examines the main points of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, in which he revamped stamp duty and made changes to Isas and pensions.

House prices are starting to dip – but will they slide further?

House prices may have hit record levels, but they are finally starting to fall as buyers lose their enthusiasm. Matthew Partridge looks at what’s in store for the property market.

Timberrr! Are UK house prices finally starting to topple?

After years of rises, the UK’s house-price bubble may finally be bursting. Matthew Partridge looks at what’s going on in Britain’s property market.

Even if you want higher taxes, Labour’s mansion tax is a really stupid idea

Ed Miliband’s proposed mansion tax is a ridiculous idea, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It is impractical, expensive to collect, and will lead to a whole lot of unintended consequences.

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