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.

Don’t panic! Stagnant house prices are great news for us all

UK house prices are growing at their slowest rate for five years. John Stepek explains what’s behind the slowdown, and why it’s good news for everyone.

Don’t fall for “fee-free” mortgages

A growing number of mortgage lenders are scrapping arrangement fees to lure in borrowers. But do the sums first, says Emma Lunn.

Buy into the African renaissance

This London-listed Reit lets you invest in the growing consumer markets of an exciting continent, says David Stevenson.

Help-to-remortgage needed

Help-to-buy homeowners face a limited choice when the time comes to repay, says Sarah Moore.

What are the odds on the ideal outcome for UK house prices?

Stagnation or a gentle decline in house prices is the best-case scenario for the property market. John Stepek explains why, and looks at whether we’re likely to get it.

Don’t write off commercial property

The UK housing market is in the doldrums, but commercial property still has a lot to offer, says Max King.

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