Welcome to our weekly update giving you the key stories, breaking news and topical analysis from the past week up to today, 13 April 2018.

The amount of capital invested in a property has more effect on final profits than rental prices, it has emerged this week, while the number of buy-to-let investors in the market has hit a record high. Meanwhile, mortgage rates are creeping up but there are still savings to be made for those who act quickly. Here are the top seven articles you might have missed…

1. Property investors make more from house price gains than rental income

Buying a property at the right price brings buy-to-let landlords better gains in the long-term than those who focus on rental yields, according to new research – meaning that those who invest in off-plan property stand to achieve the best returns. To read the full story, click here.

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2. 7 top areas in London’s lagging property market with good rental yields…

After many years of soaring house price growth in London, the past few months have seen values in the city begin to level out and even slump in some areas, while other parts of the country are booming. But some areas are still generating returns for existing landlords. To read the full story, click here.

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3. Buy-to-let boom: Number of landlords and investors hits record high

Surprising new figures have revealed the true performance of the buy-to-let market, with the number of UK landlords hitting an all-time high of 2.5 million in the last tax year – proving that, despite the headlines, the sector is very much open for business. To read the full story, click here.

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4. Going green means you could benefit from cheaper mortgage rates

Buyers of new-build homes might want to look to Barclays for a mortgage deal following their announcement of a new “green” mortgage. To read the full story, click here.

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5. New trends – online agents, silver spenders and a growing rental market

A new “state of the nation” report has been compiled by TwentyCi analysing the latest trends in the UK’s housing market for the first quarter of 2018, and the overall sentiment is of growing optimism and stability. To read the full story, click here.

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6. Stamp duty labelled ‘destructive’ after payments hit record high

The government made £9.5bn from stamp duty payments last year, the highest level ever seen in the UK, and it seems second homebuyers and landlords are bearing the brunt. To read the full story, click here.

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7. UK property listings soar as housing market shows signs of revival

The number of properties advertised for sale with estate agents in 100 major towns and cities across the UK has increased significantly compared to last year’s figures as confidence returns to the property market. To read the full story, click here.

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