Tag Archives: SDLT

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Budget Comment – SDLT removal is good news for sellers!

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced the removal of SDLT (Stamp Duty) on all sales to first time buyers under £300,000 in his autumn statement. This is clearly great news for first time buyers, especially those paying the full £300,000, who pocket a tidy £5,000 towards their new home. More realistically, the saving made by the average first time buyer, who typically pays around £163,000, is just £760.

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Government Ignores Property Crisis

Last week…Wednesday’s budget was noticeable for the absence of any mention of the housing market. This oversight was met with derision from almost every organisation with an interest in the property sector. There has been a succession of housing ministers over recent years, each of which has introduced several, mostly ill-considered, policies which have effectively damaged the sector by tinkering with it, rather than by providing serious reform.

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