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.

New homes ombudsman will provide a helping hand for homeowners

Prompted by shoddy new build houses, the government is to appoint a new homes ombudsman.

Why you should be glad that house prices are falling in “real” terms

House prices are now rising more slowly than inflation – could we see a soft landing for the property market? John Stepek hopes so.

Shared ownership - Help to Buy’s poor relation

Shared ownership doesn’t get much media attention, but it has its fair share of problems.

It’s time to reshape our beleaguered housing market

From Help to Buy to stamp-duty charges, housing has seen unprecedented government interference in recent years. What’s our experts’ take on the outcome? John Stepek chairs our Roundtable discussion.

Think twice before letting out spare rooms in your house

Airbnb seems to offer easy money for those with spare rooms to let out. But be aware of the rules.

Property crowdfunding: should you become a virtual landlord?

Property crowdfunding is becoming an ever more popular way to buy into bricks and mortar. But think carefully before putting your money in.

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