UK property

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.

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”.

Stamp duty's effect on Britain's property market

The rise in stamp duty is having an effect on the London property market. But what about house prices in the rest of the country?

The five forecasts every investor should heed in 2017

After the political upheavals of 2016, a period of profound social and economic change is upon us. John Stepek looks at the big trends investors must be ready for next year.

Our hopes and dreams for Philip Hammond

Stamp duty is one of the worst taxes we have, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Philip Hammond should replace it with an inflation-linked capital gains tax on primary homes.

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