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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.

Help to Buy has been a waste of money

By artificially inflating house prices, the Help to Buy scheme has failed both homebuyers and taxpayers. But it has done wonders for housebuilders’ profits. John Stepek explains why.

Tenants lose out as letting-fees ban arrives in England

The move sounds positive for tenants, but the cost will be passed on, says Sarah Moore.

Don’t use your pension to buy a house

The frankly stupid idea that pension-fund cash should be available to be used for a house has reared its ugly head again. It should be fiercely resisted, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

New tenant fees law could cost landlords up to £83m

The new Tenant Fees Act, which bans excessive fees and caps the deposit tenants can be charged, could cost landlords up to £83m a year and lettings agencies £157m, says the government.

WeWork launches subsidiary that will own its properties

WeWork, the shared office-space provider, is set to become its own landlord with the launch of its subsidiary, Ark.

Bittersweet profits for buy-to-let landlords

The government’s determination to make the buy-to-let sector less appealing to investors seems to have worked, with landlords suffering a dismal few years.

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