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.

Think twice before banning tenants

Landlords and letting agents must make sure that they don’t discriminate against benefit claimants. Emma Lunn explains.

Ten years on: how the 2008 crisis spawned our era of populism

It’s been ten years since investment bank Bear Stearns collapsed and the financial crisis began. John Stepek looks at what’s changed since then.

Commonhold: a better way to own your flat

Why has a property ownership system with manifest advantages over leasehold so far failed to take off?

Forget Brexit – here’s the real reason the UK housing market is fragile

UK house-price growth is slowing down and the number of transactions is falling. Some are blaming Brexit – but the real reasons go much deeper than that, says John Stepek.

Property crowdfunding: trading on a British obsession

Crowdfunding promises to “democratise” the property market, says Sarah Moore. But high fees mean poor investment returns.

Tapping students for cash

This student-property fund shocked investors with a dividend cut last year, but its shares now look better value.

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