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.

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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.

London property: expect further price falls

The gap between London property sellers’ hope and reality is widening, says Merryn Somerset Webb, as property sellers wake up to a market slowdown.

Buy-to-let investors: don’t fight the government

The government has given another clear signal that it has the buy-to-let business firmly in its sights. Avoid at all costs, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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A report says those born in the early 1980s have half as much wealth as those born in the 1970s. The best way to fix that is lower house prices, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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Changes to stamp duty are driving London property developers to give up on family homes in favour of filling the capital with tiny flats.

I don't dare bet against the prices of the best houses in the best parts of London

London property is clearly horribly overpriced. But don’t bet on prime properties in the best areas falling in price, says Merryn Somerset Webb

The “Bank of Mum and Dad” is just like any other bank – it wants a return on its money

Research suggests more and more parents are helping other people’s children get on to the property ladder. But they’re not doing it out of kindness, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They’re doing it for the money.

Brexit rattles London commercial property

UK commercial-property values fell by 3.3% in July, in one of the earliest indications of a post-Brexit slowdown in the sector.

Has Brexit marked the top for UK commercial property?

With Standard Life banning withdrawals from its UK real estate fund, could Britain’s commercial property market be about to crumble? John Stepek looks at what it means for you.

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