Britain’s house price bubble

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Britain's house price bubble

After the financial crisis, Britain's property market suffered a slump. But now house prices are rising fast, driven in part by the 'Help to Buy' scheme. Many people – us included – are worried we are now in bubble territory. So what does the future hold for house prices?

UK house price indices

London house prices: more problems in the new-build sector

The London new-build property sector is facing big problems, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We’ll soon be seeing real price falls.

The return of the liar loan and what that says about the housing market

The self-cert mortgage, banned by the FCA, is back. And the company offering them is overwhelmed by the volume of applications.

Signs that the London property market is cooling

Prices for top-end London properties are falling fast. And there are signs it could extend to the rest of the London property market, too, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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.

Britons just won’t give up on buy-to-let (but they really should)

George Osborne’s plans for buy-to-let property make the sector look decidedly dodgy. But that’s not stopped people thinking it can solve all their financial problems.

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.

Buy-to-let: don’t do it

A lot of people are getting in on buy-to-let with borrowed money. But it’s a risk that isn’t worth taking, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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.

Rent arrears: one more thing for buy-to-let investors to worry about

New rules mean it’s about to get a lot more expensive to get tenants in arrears to pay up, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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