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 pricess, and the DCLG (Dept for Communities and Local Government) index is based on data including house prices, mortgages, transactions and land prices.

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How to vet prospective tenants

Finding the right tenant is a vital if you want to be paid on time. Emma Lunn explains how to go about it.

A long and fiddly checklist for landlords

Buying a property and letting it to tenants may sound like easy money, says Emma Lunn – but it’s a fiddly and increasingly bureaucratic business.

New opportunities in P2P buy-to-let

More than £30m of buy-to-let mortgages from P2P property-lender Landbay have been securitised and given an AAA rating. But does investing in buy-to-let as an asset class make any sense? David C Stevenson investigates.

Money-for-nothing clauses will have to go

The government has announced a crackdown on leasehold agreements – and not before time, says Sarah Moore.

Where next for house prices?

While London property continues to struggle, prices elsewhere in Britain are showing far more variation, says Sarah Moore.

Should landlords hire a letting agent?

It’s every amateur landlord’s conundrum, says Emma Lunn – whether to hire a letting agent to manage your rental property or go it alone.

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