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Property investors beware – the people want house prices to fall

Attitudes to property are shifting. Now, most people believe a fall in house prices would be a good thing. And that’s bad news for buy-to-let investors, says John Stepek.

The death knell for buy-to-let?

Buy-to-let has been an investment phenomenon, with record low interest rates a boon for a generation of private landlords. But the party’s coming to an end, says James Ferguson.

Where to look for property bargains

New tax rules will make residential property in the UK less attractive to buy-to-let investors. But certain areas of the country have more potential than others, says John Stepek.

What Corbynmania and buy-to-let have in common

The rise of Corbynmania is a reflection of the anxiety in Britain, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Politicians should take note.

London house prices begin their slide

George Osborne’s recent policy moves suggest he’s keen to see that slide continue, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Is the UK property market facing an 18-year slump?

One of America’s most unorthodox economic forecasters says the UK property market – and London in particular – has peaked. Now, we’re looking at 18 years of decline.

Osborne is right to target buy-to-let: it only makes Britain’s housing woes worse

Tax relief on buy-to-let rental income has skewed the housing market, says Bengt Saelensminde. George Osborne was right to tackle it in his summer Budget.

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.

'Property crowdfunding' may look tempting, but it's very risky

Using crowdfunding to buy property to let is tempting, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it carries an awful lot of risk.

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