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.

Land value tax: the least-bad tax

Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, MoneyWeek and the Labour Party are all fans of a land value tax. But what exactly is it and how would it work? Simon Wilson reports.

Landlords turn to incorporation

A hostile tax environment has driven many landlords to register as a company.

Investors are finally losing interest in UK housing

House prices are on the way down. It looks as though people are starting to lose their faith in property as an investment. John Stepek explains what’s going on.

Building your own dream home

Self-build can be a rewarding process, as long as you’re prepared for it to be a stressful one. Sarah Moore explains.

Don’t rush into equity release

It’s becoming increasingly popular to release cash from your home, says Emma Lunn. But it’s still a risky move.

Some good news at last for landlords?

It doesn’t happen often these days, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But there might be something in the next Budget that MoneyWeek readers will like.

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