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.

Building your own dream home

Self-build can be a rewarding process, as long as you’re prepared for it to be a stressful one. Sarah Moore explains.

Don’t rush into equity release

It’s becoming increasingly popular to release cash from your home, says Emma Lunn. But it’s still a risky move.

Some good news at last for landlords?

It doesn’t happen often these days, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But there might be something in the next Budget that MoneyWeek readers will like.

New homes ombudsman will provide a helping hand for homeowners

Prompted by shoddy new build houses, the government is to appoint a new homes ombudsman.

Why you should be glad that house prices are falling in “real” terms

House prices are now rising more slowly than inflation – could we see a soft landing for the property market? John Stepek hopes so.

Shared ownership - Help to Buy’s poor relation

Shared ownership doesn’t get much media attention, but it has its fair share of problems.

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