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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.

Warning signs flash red in the capital's housing market

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.

London's property market is heading for a fall

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.

First-time buyers: don’t touch property crowdfunding products with a bargepole

Property crowdfunding products aimed at first time buyers don’t help anyone, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They just add an extra slice of personal financial risk.

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.

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