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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Property

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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House prices

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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House prices

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
It's not just the UK – we're seeing pandemic housing booms across the globe
Property

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
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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
Property

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?
House prices

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
Property

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?
House prices

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
Property

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
Why the government should stop messing about and just abolish stamp duty
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Why the government should stop messing about and just abolish stamp duty

If Boris Johnson is serious about getting more people on the housing ladder, he should stop messing about with complicated incentives that only reward…
8 Oct 2020
House prices are rising across the globe, not just in the UK
House prices

House prices are rising across the globe, not just in the UK

Despite everything, UK house prices are still rising. It’s tempting to think this is a uniquely British phenomenon, but it’s a global trend. John Step…
6 Oct 2020
What happens to UK house prices once the urban exodus ends?
Property

What happens to UK house prices once the urban exodus ends?

Cash-rich buyers are leaving cities to snap up homes with gardens in the country, driving up house prices across the UK. But, asks John Stepek, what h…
10 Sep 2020
How on earth can UK house prices be at record highs right now?
Property

How on earth can UK house prices be at record highs right now?

Despite the pandemic, a surge in unemployment and a collapse in business activity, UK house prices are higher than they’ve ever been. John Stepek expl…
3 Sep 2020
The MoneyWeek Podcast: house prices, staycations, and the death of cash
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The MoneyWeek Podcast: house prices, staycations, and the death of cash

John and Merryn talk about the rise in UK house prices and the fact that everybody is holidaying in the UK, plus gold's new highs, the death of cash, …
12 Aug 2020
UK house prices hit a new record high – can it last?
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UK house prices hit a new record high – can it last?

Despite the pandemic, UK house prices have hit a new high. John Stepek looks at what’s driving the surge in prices, and what it means for house prices…
7 Aug 2020
OBR: UK house prices could fall by 12% next year
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OBR: UK house prices could fall by 12% next year

The Office for Budget Responsibility says UK house prices could fall by as much as 12% next year. John Stepek looks at how likely that is.
14 Jul 2020
UK house prices go into a gentle decline
House prices

UK house prices go into a gentle decline

Halifax’s house price index shows that UK house prices declined for the fourth month in a row in June.
9 Jul 2020
House price crash: UK property prices are falling – so where next?
Property

House price crash: UK property prices are falling – so where next?

With UK property prices falling for the first time in eight years, are we about to see a house price crash? John Stepek looks at what’s behind the sli…
2 Jul 2020