Investing in property

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 prices, and the ONS (Office for National Statistics) index is based on data including house prices, mortgages, transactions and land prices.

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Trading on a British obsession

Crowdfunding promises to “democratise” the property market, says Sarah Moore. But high fees mean poor investment returns.

Tapping students for cash

This student-property fund shocked investors with a dividend cut last year, but its shares now look better value.

Dark clouds gather over housebuilders

Housebuilders have been a good bet for investors, says Sarah Moore. But that could be coming to an end.

Estate agents, housebuilders and the outlook for UK house prices

For the last two or three years, the UK housing market has gone nowhere. Dominic Frisby finds out if that’s likely to change in 2018.

Landlords must get to grips with mould under proposed new tenancy law

Tenants may soon have the right to sue landlords who let properties that aren’t fit for human habitation. That makes it more important than ever that landlords inspect properties regularly, fix defects, and keep accurate records, says Emma Lunn

Court crushes leaseholders’ hopes

Leaseholders have been dealt a blow after a court ruling failed to make it cheaper for people to extend their lease or buy a freehold. Emma Lunn reports.

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