The house price boom is looking dangerously like a bubble now
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The house price boom is looking dangerously like a bubble now

UK house prices are looking dangerously expensive. John Stepek breaks down why it is rising and how higher inflation can derail the growth.
1 Jun 2021
Provincial house prices continue to soar as London gets left behind
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Provincial house prices continue to soar as London gets left behind

A host of figures out this week confirm double-digit house-price rises in almost every area of the country bar one – London. Nicole Garcia Merida runs…
21 May 2021
We’re in another house price boom. How long will it last?
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We’re in another house price boom. How long will it last?

UK house prices are in full-on boom mode again. And booms can last a lot longer than you might expect. John Stepek looks at what’s driving the current…
18 May 2021
No let up in house price rises as new records set
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No let up in house price rises as new records set

House prices continued to boom in April, with £20,000 being added to the price of the average home in the last 12 months.
14 May 2021
The house price boom is all about what people can afford to pay
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The house price boom is all about what people can afford to pay

Houses may look very expensive, but ultra-low interest rates mean that on a monthly payment basis, they cost an awful lot less than they used to. How …
6 May 2021
House prices: from boom to even bigger boom
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House prices: from boom to even bigger boom

UK house prices have risen to new to record highs, says Nicole Garcia Merida. Demand continues to outpace supply, but continued low interest rates, th…
9 Apr 2021
House price rise slows – but not by much
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House price rise slows – but not by much

The rate of increase in UK house prices slowed in the year to January. But nothing seems able to halt their determined march higher, says Nicole Garci…
26 Mar 2021
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Why are house prices so high? And what could make them more affordable?
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Why are house prices so high? And what could make them more affordable?

House prices in the UK are at an all-time high – but they just keep going higher. And that’s not because of rich foreign buyers or a lack of supply, s…
23 Mar 2021
Why the Budget means house prices are likely to continue higher this year
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Why the Budget means house prices are likely to continue higher this year

For a while, it looked like house prices might cool off a little this year. But after the Budget, that seems unlikely. John Stepek explains why.
4 Mar 2021
Stamp duty holiday extension will keep the house-price party going – for now
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Stamp duty holiday extension will keep the house-price party going – for now

The government is to extend to the stamp duty holiday by three months. Good for today’s buyers, says Nicole Garcia Merida, but what happens in June?
26 Feb 2021
Pandemic no barrier as house prices rise faster than at any time since 2014
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Pandemic no barrier as house prices rise faster than at any time since 2014

December saw the biggest annual rise in house prices for over seven years, as buyers rushed into the market to be sure of completion before the end of…
19 Feb 2021
The house price boom of 2020 shows signs of slowing in 2021
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The house price boom of 2020 shows signs of slowing in 2021

Last year’s big rises in UK house prices looks to be running out of steam, reports Nicole Garcia Merida – 2021 could see a very different picture.
12 Feb 2021
House prices in the UK's biggest cities might be set to follow rents lower
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House prices in the UK's biggest cities might be set to follow rents lower

As people leave Britain's cities – whether city-dwellers upsizing to the country or foreign workers returning home – property rents have fallen hard. …
29 Jan 2021
Why we won’t see a house-price crash in 2021
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Why we won’t see a house-price crash in 2021

Lockdown sent house prices berserk as cooped up home-workers fled for bigger properties in the country. And while they won’t rise quite as much this y…
18 Jan 2021
It's not just the UK – we're seeing pandemic housing booms across the globe
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It's not just the UK – we're seeing pandemic housing booms across the globe

Soaring house prices aren’t just a UK thing, they’re a worldwide phenomenon. And it’s no coincidence – the underlying cause is much the same. John Ste…
18 Jan 2021
Will Britain’s 2020 house-price boom continue in 2021?
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Will Britain’s 2020 house-price boom continue in 2021?

House prices in the UK were hardly cheap going into this year. Yet now, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, they are rising fast. Can it continue into 2021…
2 Jan 2021
House prices boomed this year: but will that continue in 2021?
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House prices boomed this year: but will that continue in 2021?

Despite everything, it’s been a good year for UK house prices. John Stpeek looks at what’s been driving the rise and asks if that will carry on into 2…
24 Dec 2020
Thinking of buying a home? Here’s what you need to know about house prices
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Thinking of buying a home? Here’s what you need to know about house prices

Contrary to many people’s expectations, Britain is firmly in the grip of another house-price boom. John Stepek looks at the reasons behind it, and whe…
1 Dec 2020
Are central banks about to start targeting house prices?
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Are central banks about to start targeting house prices?

New Zealand’s finance minister has suggested expanding the remit of its central bank to include an oversight of house prices. John Stepek explains why…
27 Nov 2020
The UK housing market is booming – here’s one thing that could slow it down
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The UK housing market is booming – here’s one thing that could slow it down

UK house prices continue their rise, with a big increase in activity. The boom may seem unstoppable, says John Stepek, but there is one thing that mig…
12 Nov 2020
Why do house prices just keep marching higher?
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Why do house prices just keep marching higher?

Other asset prices may be dropping off as the second wave of Covid hits. But house prices just keep on climbing. John Stepek looks at what’s behind t…
30 Oct 2020
V-shaped bounce in UK housing
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V-shaped bounce in UK housing

UK house prices rose 5% in the year to September, the biggest gain in four years.
9 Oct 2020