Investing in property

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.

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.

Off-plan property investments fail to pay off

Overseas investors who put down deposits as high as 80% on property developments have been left struggling to get their money back when the buildings failed to materialise.

New laws lean on landlords

Emma Lunn rounds up the latest news stories that affect property investors, landlords and homebuyers.

A good alternative to equity release

Retirement interest-only mortgages could be a better way to access funds than equity-release products.

Treat family mortgages with care

There is a product for most situations, says Sarah Moore, but make sure you know what you’re getting into.

The many failings of the government’s exploitative Help to Buy scheme

The government’s Help To Buy scheme is handing vast amounts of public money to big business while exploiting both taxpayers and first-time buyers at the same time.

A long stagnation could kill off Britain’s obsession with house prices

People in Britain are obsessed with house prices. But with the market now moribund, the question, says John Stepek, is how long can this obsession last?

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