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.

US housing market wobbles

The US housing market’s recovery from the global financial crisis of 2008, which has seen prices hit new all-time highs, may be beginning to falter. 

Help is on its way for leaseholders wanting to buy their freehold

Changes in the law should soon make it easier for property leaseholders to buy their freehold. But until then, know your rights.

The “double whammy” hitting the UK housing market

Matthew Partridge talks to developer Andy Scott about the state of the UK housing market, and if price falls are just a correction or the start of a big slump.

London’s luxury new-build property is in big trouble

Luxury flats have been going up all over London for years. And despite the market slowdown, construction is at an all-time high. But the party’s about to end.

Traditional estate agents live on

Online estate agents are yet to take over, but the high street should take the opportunity to adapt.

Duck the higher stamp-duty rate

The government has allowed for exceptions to the rule, so make sure you’re aware of them.

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