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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.

Rent arrears: one more thing for buy-to-let investors to worry about

New rules mean it’s about to get a lot more expensive to get tenants in arrears to pay up, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The best place for buy-to-let investors? Birmingham

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.

Thinking of moving your buy-to-let properties into a limited company? That could prove expensive

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.

Buying to let in Scotland might be more profitable, but it's also more risky

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.

Buying in London? Try Battersea – there’s a proper property price crash going on there

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.

Property investors beware – the people want house prices to fall

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.

The death knell for buy-to-let?

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.

Where to look for property bargains

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.

What Corbynmania and buy-to-let have in common

The rise of Corbynmania is a reflection of the anxiety in Britain, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Politicians should take note.

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