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.

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Another dent to landlords’ profits

Government plans to crack down on the buy-to-let sector are about to make this type of investment less attractive than it once was.

How changes to landlords’ tax rules could force house prices down

Changes in the tax relief afforded to landlords could wipe out much of the profit from buy-to-let, and drag down house prices across the board.

Our politicians’ ideas for solving the housing crisis are staggeringly stupid

High house prices are hugely damaging to our economy. But there’s no chance of either of our political parties making things better, says John Stepek.

Think twice before raffling your home

The past year has seen a rise in the popularity of “house raffles”. But if you’re thinking of raffling yours, there are a few things you need to know first.

Buy-to-let empires face a regulatory revolt

From the end of this month, lenders will have to take a more stringent approach to buy-to-let mortgage applications from landlords. Emma Lunn explains.

How to evict unwanted tenants

Evicting problem tenants can be a tricky business. Emma Lunn explains how landlords can go about it in the most straightforward way.

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