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.
New rules mean it’s about to get a lot more expensive to get tenants in arrears to pay up, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Buy-to-let is a risky investment to make right now. But if you really must buy a property to rent, you should be looking at Birmingham, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Moving a buy-to-let property into a limited company to avoid tax might seem appealing at first glance. But, as Merryn Somerset Webb, explains, George Osborne has plans to tax that heavily, too.
The one thing George Osborne and Jeremy Corbyn have in common: they want to end the great buy-to-let boom
The rise of Jeremy Corbyn means all political parties will be forced to debate social justice, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That means affordable housing – and getting tough on buy-to-let.
Scottish university towns yield some of the highest returns for buy to let investors. But with rent controls coming, and probably new taxes too, it’s a lot more risky, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The glut of new-build flats in London is finally having an effect on prices – with properties in Battersea down by 16% in the last year.
Attitudes to property are shifting. Now, most people believe a fall in house prices would be a good thing. And that’s bad news for buy-to-let investors, says John Stepek.
Buy-to-let has been an investment phenomenon, with record low interest rates a boon for a generation of private landlords. But the party’s coming to an end, says James Ferguson.
New tax rules will make residential property in the UK less attractive to buy-to-let investors. But certain areas of the country have more potential than others, says John Stepek.
The rise of Corbynmania is a reflection of the anxiety in Britain, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Politicians should take note.
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