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.

Landlords: claim what you can

Landlords should ensure they are up-to-date on what they can deduct from property income.

The battle to disrupt estate agents

For a widely loathed profession, traditional estate agents appear surprisingly durable, says Sarah Moore.

Should you get a mortgage from a robot?

What do robo-mortgage advisers add to the process? Emma Lunn reports.

More good news on house prices – there’s no sign of them picking up soon

House prices are cooling off. Many want to pin the blame on Brexit. But there’s more to it than that. John Stepek explains what’s going on with Britain’s property market.

Lethargic, but there’s life yet in the housing market

The national housing market is running out of puff, says Sarah Moore. But there are still plenty of regional bright spots.

How to build new houses and satisfy the Nimbys at the same time

People objecting to new housing developments in their neighbourhoods are acting perfectly rationally, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But there’s an easy solution: divert some of the landowners’ profits and buy them off.

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