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.

The many failings of the government’s exploitative Help to Buy scheme

The government’s Help To Buy scheme is handing vast amounts of public money to big business while exploiting both taxpayers and first-time buyers at the same time.

A long stagnation could kill off Britain’s obsession with house prices

People in Britain are obsessed with house prices. But with the market now moribund, the question, says John Stepek, is how long can this obsession last?

Getting a UK mortgage as an expat 

If you’re applying for a UK mortgage but live abroad, be prepared for a complicated process.

Steer clear of open-ended property funds

In the wake of the EU referendum, open-ended property funds were forced to suspend trading to stem the flow of redemptions from people worried about the state of the market. 

Now is a good time to fix and forget your mortgage

It’s a good time to take out a long-term fixed-rate mortgage, but make sure you know what this entails.

US housing market on shaky foundations

The US property market has seen some of the weakest data since house prices finally began to recover after the financial crisis.

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