UK property

Britain's house price bubble

After the financial crisis, Britain's property market suffered a slump. But it wasn't long before house prices started rising fast, driven by cheap money and misguided government policies. Many people – us included – are now worried we are now in a house price bubble. So what does the future hold for Britain's house prices?

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.

Prefab houses off the production line

One day soon, we’ll be making houses in much the same way as we make cars, says Merryn Somerset Webb – in the factory.

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.

Estate agents, housebuilders and the outlook for UK house prices

For the last two or three years, the UK housing market has gone nowhere. Dominic Frisby finds out if that’s likely to change in 2018.

Don't pile into property in 2018

Britain’s house prices will be at best stable this year. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why now’s not the time to put your money in property.

Global housing markets are warning that the cheap money is running out

Housing markets around the world are starting to wobble as the supply of cheap credit dries up. John Stepek looks at what’s going on.

A bad year for London – and landlords

The past year may be remembered as one in which London property finally faltered in its one-way ascent, says Sarah Moore.

Buy-to-let investors need to do their sums

In his recent Budget, Philip Hammond promised there will be “more maths for everyone”. That’s going to be especially true for buy-to-let investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The buy-to-let boom is on its last legs – what happens now?

More and more landlords are throwing in the towel and putting their properties on the market. Is this the beginning of the end for buy-to-let?

Think twice before buying a new build

Living on a private estate might has snob appeal, says Emma Lunn. But it could also be more trouble than it’s worth.

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