UK property

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Britain's house price bubble

After the financial crisis, Britain's property market suffered a slump. But it wasn't long before house prices started rising fast, driven by cheap money and misguided government policies. Many people – us included – are now worried we are now in a house price bubble. So what does the future hold for Britain's house prices?

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.

Are we about to see the perfect housing market correction?

We could soon see an inflation-driven correction in the housing market. That won’t make anyone particularly happy. But it might be the least damaging solution to the house price bubble.

Fix your mortgage until after Brexit

With a two-year fixed mortgage – the most popular term – you could be shopping for a new mortgage just as the UK leaves the EU. It could be worth fixing your payments for longer, says Ruth Jackson.

The darkening shadows over the UK commercial property market

Commercial property investors are getting increasingly worried about the market – just as local councils pile in. It’s a recipe for disaster, says John Stepek.

Panic now: the housing bull’s turning bearish

A property crash always unfolds in similar ways: credit runs dry, a priced-out majority stymies demand, confidence falters. Sound familiar? Then prepare for the bear, says Jonathan Compton.

I warned you to avoid these five trades – but how did they turn out?

In September, Dominic Frisby picked what he saw as the five worst investments you could make. Today he checks on his “dumb” investments to see how they have done.

Are house prices heading for a fall? Here are two reasons why they might be

The growth in house prices is slowing. That could be temporary. But there are two big vulnerabilities in the housing market that point to a significant slowdown, says John Stepek.

Luxury London property market wanes

There’s a problem in London’s high-end property market – people just aren’t as keen on luxury property as they were a year ago.

The scandal of newbuild houses sold as leasehold

Property developers are selling more and more new houses on a leasehold basis. It’s a terrible deal for homeowners, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

For property investors, Birmingham beats London hands down

For anyone investing in or building property today, Birmingham is clearly a better place to be doing it than London, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How to solve the UK’s housing crisis

The problem in the UK housing market is not a shortage of housing but a surplus of speculation called by very low interest rates. Solve that, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and you solve the “housing crisis”.

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