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LONDON (Reuters) - A property portfolio made up entirely of buy-to-let properties may not seem so appealing now that yields are flattening and capital appreciation has slowed, but there are alternative ways to make money from the housing market.

Average rental yields were flat in 2005, latest figures from Landlord Mortgages database of 20,000 UK landlords showed.

Buy-to-let investors face the added complication of maintenance costs for their properties. They are also likely to be already exposed to the residential property market via the property they live in.

While optimists point to a soft landing for the UK housing market in 2006, there are still concerns that high levels of consumer debt levels will have a negative impact on the market.

One way to speculate on this could be to invest in a falling housing market via a spread bet.

Those taking the pessimist's view on house prices would bet down low, beneath the spread.

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