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 pricess, and the DCLG (Dept for Communities and Local Government) index is based on data including house prices, mortgages, transactions and land prices.

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Buy-to-let empires face a regulatory revolt

From the end of this month, lenders will have to take a more stringent approach to buy-to-let mortgage applications from landlords. Emma Lunn explains.

How to evict unwanted tenants

Evicting problem tenants can be a tricky business. Emma Lunn explains how landlords can go about it in the most straightforward way.

What Britain’s best-loved estate agent can tell us about UK house prices

Estate agents’ fortunes can tell us a great deal about which way the housing market is going, says Dominic Frisby. And Foxtons’ share price is in freefall.

Should you use a “no-fee” estate agent?

Some online estate agents are now offering a “fee free” service. But, asks Emma Lunn, are any of them any good?

Forget Brexit – UK property is a buy

Share prices in the property sector crashed by more than 20% in mid-2016 as soon as the news of the Brexit vote came through. Yet the market has performed much better than many expected. Property returns have fallen in the last year, but have still been positive.

Don’t be caught by conveyancing scams

Conveyancing fraud is becoming increasingly common, with 159 homebuyers losing their deposits to fraudsters last year, up 85% on 2015.

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