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UK house price indices

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.

Royalty, housebuilders, and the need for a little imagination

An unlikely alliance between Prince Charles and a disgruntled housebuilder is highlighting the need for better-quality homes.

Custodian: this Reit will look after your cash

Custodian Reit has been grappling with retail turmoil, but that is only a small part of the picture.

Help to Buy: a crazy subsidy for housebuilders

The government’s Help to Buy scheme would appear to be a great success in terms of the numbers of people it has helped to buy a property. But it has a darker underside, says Simon Wilson.

Berlin targets big landlords with rent freeze

Shares in German landlord Deutsche Wohnen have fallen by almost a fifth in two weeks following news that Berlin’s senate has approved a draft bill for a rent freeze.

Arcadia limps on after CVAs approved

Philip Green’s retail group Arcadia was granted a stay of execution last week as creditors voted to approve seven company voluntary arrangements.

Labour’s land reform proposals are putting the cart before the horse

There is much to agree with in Labour’s report on land reform. But any new proposals will inevitably will just add another layer of tax and bureaucracy on top of an already unmanageable system.

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