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.
Britain's house price bubble
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.
Surveyors are predicting a fall in UK houses prices as the London luxury market falters. But don’t get your hopes up. It’s not the start of anything big.
If house prices in Britain do hit the skids, it won’t be because of the EU referendum vote, says John Stepek. The causes will be much closer to home.
In February, investors pulled more cash from commercial property funds than in any month since 2008. Natalie Stanton investigates why.
It might appear that a shortage of new houses to blame for Britain’s high house prices. But that’s not the real reason, says Edward Chancellor.
Despite the drawbacks, buy-to-let property is still very popular. But if you want lower prices and higher yields, says Merryn Somerset Webb, put off buying for a few years.
Last week’s Budget contained yet more bad news for the buy-to-let sector. Big landlords will now be subject to the new “second home” stamp duty surcharge of three percentage points.
With buy-to-let property becoming less and less appealing, landlords are hunting around for other options – such as holiday lets. But are they worth it?
In the last few years, London property developers have been converting offces into high-end residential homes at an alarming pace. But that’s no longer the case, as buyers are drying up.
There’s one area that may be flashing a warning sign for the rest of London’s red hot housing market, says Matthew Partridge – new-builds.
House prices in London are well above their pre-2008 peaks. But it looks like things are about to change. Matthew Partridge explains what’s in store for London property.
Don't buy that house!
The positive climate surrounding the buy-to-let sector is unravelling – fast. A rash move now and you could pay a heavy price.
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