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 pricess, and the DCLG (Dept for Communities and Local Government) index is based on data including house prices, mortgages, transactions and land prices.

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How Universal Credit hurts landlords

Universal Credit is set to change the way that landlords are paid rent by tenants who receive benefits – and not necessarily for the better.

A low-cost way to buy global property

Sarah Moore looks at a cost-effective way of buying property abroad.

What Sweden’s wobbly housing market can tell us about bubbles

As property prices in Sweden come off the boil, John Stepek looks for clues as to what will become of Britain’s own inflated housing market.

A crackdown on the estate-agent cartel

Estate agents don’t immediately spring to mind when most people think of illegal cartels. But it’s worth doing your research to make sure you’re not overcharged for selling your home.

How to solve the problems with Britain's property market

Merryn Somerset Webb believes she may have might have a partial solution to the many problems of Britain’s dysfunctional property market. It involves inheritance tax.

We really need to sort out the housing market before it destroys our economy

High levels of debt can cripple an economy. And our cycle of property boom and bust means the most dangerous form of debt is the mortgage. John Stepek explains why.

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