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Tuesday 11th Sept 2007 - Housing special
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Housing Analysis

Average house prices are on the rise again, according to the latest figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The figures show that prices across the country rose by 2% in July. However mortgage lenders, including the Nationwide and Halifax claim that property prices are starting to slow down.

So what's really happening and what's the current state of the market?

We get an insight from Lucian Cook, the director of residential research at estate agency firm Savills.

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Sub-prime Lending

Over the summer we saw how the crisis in the sub-prime mortgage market in the States has been affecting world markets.

Sub-prime lenders give loans to people who do not qualify for market interest rates because of problems with their credit history.

This type of lending is risky for debtors because they pay a higher interest rate, and for the creditors because of their customers' track record for making payments.

However, sub-prime does make good business sense for banks when all is going well, and is the only way for some people to get credit.

Rachel looks into whether the UK could come across the same problems as the US.

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Houses

Buy-to-let Market

Buy-to-let investors have been spooked by signs that some mortgage rates could go up, after a specialist lender, Advantage, warned of rises on the way.

It's in response to the same jitters over sub-prime lending in the US, which have scared bankers across the world.

Yield from buy-to-lets has also been sagging. Yield is the amount of rent a landlord receives in comparison to the price paid to buy a property.

Simon's been looking at the current state of buy-to-let business.

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Investing Strategies

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