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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House prices

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

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

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
House prices

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?
House prices

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
House prices

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
What’s a better bet right now: a house in the UK or gold?
Gold

What’s a better bet right now: a house in the UK or gold?

Measured in ounces of gold, UK house prices have been falling for some time. A home now costs the same as it did in 1986. Dominic Frisby looks at how …
24 Jun 2020
UK house prices holding up as city folk flock to the country
Property

UK house prices holding up as city folk flock to the country

The number of city-dwellers pursuing their dream of a rural idyll is on the rise. And despite the pandemic, house prices are holding up well, says Mer…
15 Jun 2020
The English housing market is open for business again – what happens now?
Property

The English housing market is open for business again – what happens now?

With the property market re-opening, we can now view, buy and sell houses again. But what next for house prices? John Stepek looks at what the last tw…
14 May 2020
The UK housing market has shut down. But what happens after Covid-19?
Property

The UK housing market has shut down. But what happens after Covid-19?

Covid-19 has brought the UK housing market to a standstill. John Stepek looks at what could happen to house prices once the market opens up again.
22 Apr 2020
Three things matter for the UK housing market now – and “location” isn’t one of them
Property

Three things matter for the UK housing market now – and “location” isn’t one of them

The UK housing market is frozen. And when it does eventually thaw out, the traditional factors that drive prices will no longer apply. The day of reck…
1 Apr 2020