Inspired by a conversation in The Property Hub, we dived into the thorny issue of whether you should invest with an eye on high yield or the potential for capital growth.

Are the two necessarily mutually exclusive? Which makes you the most money over time? We tackled those questions and more, with insights from some Hub members along the way.

Resource of the week

This week’s resource is courtesy of Property Hub member Martin Gordon, who recommended this New York Times calculator that determines whether you’re better off buying or renting.

The topic came up in this thread about whether investors own the home they live in, and the calculator gives a really comprehensive insight into which makes the most financial sense – taking a lot of factors into consideration.

Also check out Martin’s blog, Simple Money Lifestyle, where he explains his thinking on the issue in more depth.

This week’s news

Estate Agent Today reports that tax receipts from stamp duty are up £2 billion from last year – that’s a lot of money!

It shows that the property market really has come back to life with significantly more transactions, and might also be a reminder of why the government is so keen to talk the market up…

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