UK property

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

Buy-to-let investors need to do their sums

In his recent Budget, Philip Hammond promised there will be “more maths for everyone”. That’s going to be especially true for buy-to-let investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The buy-to-let boom is on its last legs – what happens now?

More and more landlords are throwing in the towel and putting their properties on the market. Is this the beginning of the end for buy-to-let?

Think twice before buying a new build

Living on a private estate might has snob appeal, says Emma Lunn. But it could also be more trouble than it’s worth.

The UK housing market is in deep freeze – but will that mean lower prices?

Britain’s housing market is freezing over – nobody wants to buy property at the moment. John Stepek explains why, and where things might go from here.

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.

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.

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.

What’s best to invest in now – stocks or houses?

Which is the better investment over time – stocks or property? Dominic Frisby attempts to answer the question once and for all.

Another dent to landlords’ profits

Government plans to crack down on the buy-to-let sector are about to make this type of investment less attractive than it once was.

How changes to landlords’ tax rules could force house prices down

Changes in the tax relief afforded to landlords could wipe out much of the profit from buy-to-let, and drag down house prices across the board.

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