Investing in property

Help to Buy has been a waste of money

By artificially inflating house prices, the Help to Buy scheme has failed both homebuyers and taxpayers. But it has done wonders for housebuilders’ profits. John Stepek explains why.

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.

Commercial property at a bargain price

Commercial property investment trust Hansteen should be high up on the buy list for disenchanted buy-to-let investors.

Will retail property hurt your Reit?

Struggling department stores could be bad news for your property investments, says Sarah Moore.

Make a juicy income from commercial property

Regional Reit’s commercial property assets should provide investors with a sustainable yield, says David Stevenson.

Housebuilders sign up to government leasehold pledge

Housebuilders have signed up to a pledge that commits them to doing away with onerous ground-rent clauses within leasehold agreements.

The death of buy-to-let property is a useful cautionary tale for all investors

Investing in buy-to-let property was once a perfectly valid thing to do. But the government killed the market. John Stepek explains what investors should learn from the fate of the amateur landlord.

Goldman bets on prefab homes

Investment bank Goldman Sachs is putting its money into prefabricated houses And where investment banks go, others tend to follow.

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