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 dull reality of house prices

Those longing for a crash or a bonanza will be disappointed, says Max King. Expect house prices to just creep up.

The good times are over for UK housebuilders

Housebuilders have been a good bet for investors, says John Stepek, but now the housing market is slowing. It could be time for investors to seek shelter.

Landlords turn to holiday lets

Letting property out as a holiday home has tax advantages, but do your research thoroughly, says Emma Lunn.

How to outsource your Airbnb management tasks

It’s tempting to hand over the dirty work of managing your Air BnB lets to someone else. Just be sure to read the small print, says Sarah Moore.

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.

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