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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.

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

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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”.

Our hopes and dreams for Philip Hammond

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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.

Is London’s property bubble starting to burst?

London is in the middle of a property bubble. It’s inevitable that prices will fall. And it could happen sooner than many people think, says Matthew Partridge.

Our shrinking houses

New-build houses in Britain are among the smallest in Europe. But that’s not the real problem, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

An Englishman’s home is meant to be his castle – it’s more like a rabbit hutch

Britain not only needs more houses, it needs bigger houses, says Matthew Lynn. The solution, however, may not be popular with everyone.

Chart of the week: another housing bubble?

In London, first-time buyers have to cough up an absurd eight times the average annual wage to buy a house.

What Mark Carney’s measures mean for London house prices

The Bank of England governor has outlined three steps to cool the housing market. But will they do any good? Matthew Partridge investigates.

London property is heading for a long-overdue correction

The London house price madness continues. But as mortgage lending is tightened up, that could be about to change. Matthew Partridge explains.

The Bank of England has no intention of pricking the housing bubble

Don’t expect Mark Carney to cool Britain’s overheating housing market, says John Stepek. Here, he explains what’s really driving house prices, and what it means for investors.

Property price rises drive British Land profits higher

Commercial property developer British Land has reported a big rise in profits, driven in part by the buoyant property market.

What can be done about Britain’s housing crisis?

The housing sector is lurching into bubble territory and stock is insufficient to meet demand. What can be done about it? Simon Wilson reports.

This could be the pin that bursts the London property bubble

A big change is about to make the mortgage market a lot tougher for borrowers. Could this finally burst London’s property bubble? Matthew Partridge explains.

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