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.

Let’s hope the gentle slowdown in house prices continues for a long time

UK house prices fell in May and are flat in real terms over the last year. That’s a good thing, says John Stepek – for homebuyers and the wider economy.

Two promising alternative property assets with tasty yields

Peer-to-peer lenders are waking up to the potential of providing finance for social housing. David Stevenson explores two new offerings.

How to invest in GPs’ surgeries

Doctors tend to be reliable payers of rent, says Sarah Moore. Consider this Reit to tap into that steady income stream.

The boom in flexible offices

Remote workers and start-ups have driven a shift towards shared offices. Will it survive a recession, asks Sarah Moore.

The great buy-to-let sell up

In a rare example of government action having the intended effect, buy-to-let landlords are selling up, and that could mean house prices falling.

Gold looks a better bet than UK property – here’s why

Dominic Frisby looks at the historical relationship between UK house prices and gold, and concludes that your money is better off in the yellow metal than bricks and mortar.

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