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.

House prices are sliding fast in London – and it’s spreading

UK house prices have been falling in “real” terms – after inflation – for while. But now the pace of decline is picking up. John Stepek looks at where the property market is likely to go next.

Investing in student property doesn’t stack up

Don’t be fooled by the attractive yields from investing in student property: the market doesn’t live up to the hype.

Off-plan property investments fail to pay off

Overseas investors who put down deposits as high as 80% on property developments have been left struggling to get their money back when the buildings failed to materialise.

New laws lean on landlords

Emma Lunn rounds up the latest news stories that affect property investors, landlords and homebuyers.

A good alternative to equity release

Retirement interest-only mortgages could be a better way to access funds than equity-release products.

Treat family mortgages with care

There is a product for most situations, says Sarah Moore, but make sure you know what you’re getting into.

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