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KEYWORD "Stamp Duty" - 121 RESULTS
‘Reform stamp duty for downsizers’, says Dudley BS

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in its current form is a ‘major obstacle’ to the housing market, particularly for older people...

22 May 2019

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Commercial Trust warns landlords over limited company incorporation

A specialist buy-to-let mortgage broker has urged buy-to-let landlords to take a cautious approach and seek expert advice when it comes...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Completion rates in first-time buyer mortgage applications rose in 2017

The majority (74%) of mortgage applications via intermediaries for first-time buyers resulted in a completion during Q4 2017, according to the...

09 March 2018

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Connect launches new tools for brokers

Connect for Intermediaries has launched new tools, features and expert guides in line with its brand-new website. Boasting over 160 different lender...

06 March 2018

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Potential movers still undeterred by Brexit

Prospective home movers have been active in January and are failing to be put off by Brexit and last year's interest...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

LSL Group and Leeds Building Society unite to launch exclusive BTL products

LSL Group has announced two exclusive five-year fixed rate products with Leeds Building Society. The buy-to-let products – with rates of 2.94%...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Half of BTL brokers still unware of upcoming PRA changes

Half of BTL brokers still unware of upcoming PRA changes Just over half (54%) of brokers believe that they fully understand what...

13 September 2017

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‘Second steppers’ find it harder to move up the property ladder

Up to 18% of homeowner’s ready to climb the property ladder find it harder than buying their first home, according to...

05 September 2017

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First-time buyers make up half of all property purchases in July

First-time buyers accounted for half of all home purchase valuations in July, according to the latest research from Connells Survey &...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Gifted deposits fall for both first-time buyers and investors

The number of first-time buyers and buyers of investment properties has fallen in the last two years, My Home Move say. First-time...

21 August 2017

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Emotional ties to family homes stop retirees from downsizing

New research from equity release lender, more 2 life, has revealed that an emotional connection to their family home prevents retirees...

07 August 2017

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March housing supply at lowest point since records began

The number of properties available to buy through estate agents in March was the lowest level recorded for the third month...

02 May 2017

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Buy-to-let borrowing hit by high house prices and tougher lending criteria

Average buy-to-let loans and deposits increased in 2016, new research from The Mortgage Broker Ltd has revealed. This came as a result...

27 January 2017

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Lending to first-time buyers at its highest since 2007

A new report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has shown that more mortgages were handed to first-time buyers in...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices dipped in May as market 'holds its breath'

Average house prices dipped by 0.4% between April and May, according to the latest figures from estate agents Your Move and...

17 June 2016

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Annual house price growth stable at 9.2%

House prices in the three months to May were 9.2% higher than in the same three months a year earlier, according...

08 June 2016

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Greater London house prices top £600,000

House prices in Greater London have topped £600,000 for the first time ever, new figures show. Prices increased by 14.9% over the...

03 June 2016

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Buy-to-let sell-off begins

Buy-to-let investors have started selling off properties as Chancellor George Osborne's tax crackdown begins to bite. Demand is also likely to fall...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyer sales soar in April

First-time buyer sales soar last month as landlords abandoned the market following the introduction of the new stamp duty surcharge on 1...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Property transactions plummet in April

Residential property transactions plunged by almost half in April in the wake of a bumper March. The seasonally adjusted estimate fell by 45.2% last...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Paragon doubles buy-to-let lending in six months

Paragon Mortgages has almost doubled its buy-to-let lending in just six months. New buy-to-let lending hit £823.6 million for six months to...

25 May 2016

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Mortgage lending plunges almost 30% in April

Gross mortgage lending fell 29% in April following the rush to beat the new stamp duty surcharge on buy-to-lets and second...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending surges 163% in electric March

Buy-to-let mortgage sales surged by 163% in the year to March as landlords raced to beat the new stamp duty surcharge...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let surge turns nasty for first-time buyers

The surge in buy-to-let transactions in the run-up to the stamp duty surcharge on 1 April has left first-time buyers facing...

16 May 2016

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London property breaks £600,000 barrier

The price of the average home in London broke through the £600,000 price barrier in April for the first time, Home values in...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Investors still bullish about buy-to-let

Investors remain positive about the prospects for buy-to-let despite the new stamp duty charge and forthcoming crackdown on mortgage tax relief. The latest...

12 May 2016

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First-time buyers desperate as housing crisis deepens

First-time buyers are "increasingly desperate" to buy a place of their own as the housing crisis deepens, new research shows. Today, 73%...

11 May 2016

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UK house price slowdown continues

UK house price growth slowed more than expected in the three months to April, further evidence of a slowing property market. House prices in...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Rising rents ease landlords’ tax fears

Increasing levels of rents around the UK have softened the blow of recent rises in stamp duty levels for landlords, according...

05 May 2016

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First signs of housing market slowdown

Two sets of industry data published yesterday suggest that house price growth is finally starting to slow. Nationwide's figures showed annual house price...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Supply of rental stock nose-dives

The supply of rental properties plunged in the run-up to the new stamp duty surcharge on 1 April and further falls are...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords slash investment plans

The number of landlords planning to buy a new buy-to-let property has dropped by a third since the stamp duty surcharge...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage products fly to record high

Brokers have more choice than ever before with the number of mortgage products hitting an all-time high in March. However, new mortgage application...

28 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Brokers hail “bumper” March for lending

Brokers and lenders are celebrating a "bumper month" which saw borrowing in March 64% higher than one year earlier. Gross mortgage borrowing...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Cash is king in prime London

Cash is now king in the prime London market with six out of 10 of purchases made by investors or second-home...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

March saw shock slump in buy-to-let sales

March saw a significant slump in buy-to-let activity with sales falling 26.2% compared to February. The fall of £1.04 billion came despite an expected last-minute...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

March boom threatens mortgage market bust

Gross mortgage lending surged in March due to the buy-to-let let boom but transactions now look set to drop by 10,000 a...

22 April 2016

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Buy-to-let dash boosts landlords' profits

Buy-to-let landlords enjoyed total annual returns of 12.2% over the last year helped by the flurry of purchases in the run-up...

22 April 2016

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L&G posts record completions in March

The Legal & General Mortgage Club delivered a record month in March with completions up 33% year-on-year. Total lending of £4.7bn was...

22 April 2016

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Buy-to-let “chain reaction” drives prices to record high

Asking prices have hit a record high due to the rush of buy-to-let investors looking to beat the stamp duty surcharge. The...

18 April 2016

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Buy-to-let boom and Brexit create climate of uncertainty

The housing market is facing a “climate of uncertainty” as the UK waves goodbye to buy-to-let boom, according to the Royal...

14 April 2016

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Buy-to-let demand collapses as tax changes bite

Interest in purchasing buy-to-let properties has collapsed as new tax changes start to bite. The number of people planning to buy a...

13 April 2016

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House price growth now looks unrelenting

UK house prices rose 7.6% in the year to February and property experts expect the "unrelenting" growth to continue. This marked a...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge on “granny flats” axed

Property experts have welcomed the Government's decision to scrap the 3% stamp duty surcharge on "granny flats". In the original version of...

13 April 2016

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Buy-to-let lenders slash mortgage rates

Buy-to-let lenders continue to slash their mortgage rates helping landlords offset Chancellor George Osborne's tax crackdown on property investing. The average two-year...

12 April 2016

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Call to scrap stamp duty for downsizers

Retired people downsizing to fund their retirement should be exempt from stamp duty, a leading insurer has said. So-called “property pensioners” are...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let suffers sharp March slowdown

March saw a sharp drop in buy-to-let valuations activity as landlords ran out of time to beat the stamp duty surcharge on 1 April. Valuation activity dropped...

11 April 2016

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House price growth hits double digits again

House price inflation has hit double digits for the first time in almost two years with prices rising more than £20,000 in the...

08 April 2016

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Stamp duty deadline drives surge in rental properties

The number of rental properties spiked by more than 20% in the final week before the stamp duty surcharge was introduced, new figures...

07 April 2016

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Buy-to-let fuels record completions in March

The last day of March saw record-breaking property completions as investors rushed to beat the beat stamp duty tax hike. UK mover...

06 April 2016

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Prime London: prices fall, activity rises

Transactions in prime central London picked up in March due to falling asking prices and the buy-to-let stamp duty surcharge. Latest research...

05 April 2016

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Buy-to-let crackdown deters just one in seven

The joint crackdown on buy-to-let by Chancellor George Osborne and the Bank of England is deterring just 14% of landlords from...

01 April 2016

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Mortgage approvals leap in February

Brokers have welcomed latest Bank of England statistics that show a jump in mortgage approvals in February. The increase was partly down to...

01 April 2016

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Fears grow over latest buy-to-let clampdown

Mortgage brokers and property experts are warning that the latest attempt to dampen the buy-to-let market could backfire. The Bank of England...

31 March 2016

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Buy-to-let investors “storm housing market”

Buy-to-let investors are said to be "storming the housing market" as estate agents report an increase in the numbers trying to...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty hike to put brakes on buy-to-let

Chancellor George Osborne's forthcoming stamp duty surcharge will push up buy-to-let rental costs and trigger a decline in the supply of...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let gets Budget kick in the teeth

Chancellor George Osborne's eighth Budget delivered another blow to buy-to-let investors by excluding property from cuts to capital gains tax (CGT) rates. Investors...

17 March 2016

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Large investors sucked into stamp duty surcharge

Chancellor George Osborne surprised many in the property industry by confirming that larger buy-to-let investors must pay the new 3% stamp duty...

17 March 2016

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Does property market face fresh Budget tax shock?

The property industry is calling on Chancellor George Osborne to reform stamp duty and boost housing supply in Wednesday’s Budget, but...

15 March 2016

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Buy-to-let surge fuelled by pension raids

The surge of investors into buy-to-let is being fuelled by older people raiding their pension pots, advisers say. While many see rental property...

14 March 2016

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Buy-to-let landlords face double deadline

February saw the second highest monthly total of house purchase approvals since January 2014 as buy-to-let investors raced to meet April's...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let boom doubles house price growth

The pace of house price growth has doubled due to a boom in buy-to-let sales ahead of April's stamp duty surcharge, new...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Investors race to beat buy-to-let surcharge

A rush of investors to complete their transactions ahead of the new stamp duty surcharge is driving a surge in buy-to-let...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax hike revives prime London

April's forthcoming stamp duty surcharge on investors has brought the prime central London property market back from the dead. Property demand has...

08 March 2016

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Supply plunges amid  swarm of buy-to-let investors

The supply of available housing has plunged to a new low while demand from buyers has surged in recent weeks. Housing supply...

02 March 2016

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“Buy-to-let blitz” lifts mortgages to new high

The rush to complete buy-to-let purchases before April has driven mortgage approvals to a two-year high, property experts say. The number of...

01 March 2016

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Brexit adds to housing market uncertainty

The Brexit referendum is adding to housing market uncertainty which has seen a 2% drop in sales in major UK cities,...

26 February 2016

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Buy-to-let supply starts to shrink

The supply of rental properties has fallen to its lowest level for a year and experts warn the Chancellor's tax crackdown...

26 February 2016

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Buy-to-let: the love affair continues

The "love affair" between retirees and their buy-to-let properties is as strong as ever despite upcoming tax changes, new data suggests. The...

25 February 2016

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Call to scrap stamp duty hike for parents helping children

Tax experts have urged the Government to scrap the stamp duty surcharge for parents helping their children become first-time buyers. Chancellor George...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let clampdown deters investors

New research suggests that the Government's clampdown on buy-to-let is scaring off investors. Almost one in 10 UK adults say they have...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Will today's buy-to-let boom end in tears?

Property agencies report a surge in demand for London buy-to-let property ahead of the looming surcharge on stamp duty. But some fear...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

The wheels are coming off buy-to-let

Mortgage brokers have suggested that the wheels may be coming off the buy-to-let bandwagon after new figures showed lending to landlords...

17 February 2016

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High price of missing stamp duty deadline

Time is running out to escape the stamp duty surcharge on buy-to-let properties and second homes and the cost of failure is...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty changes save movers £4,500

Chancellor George Osborne's stamp duty changes saved homemovers more than £4,500 on average last year, new figures show. The Chancellor cut stamp...

15 February 2016

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Buy-to-let flood drives prices higher

The flood of buy-to-let investors looking to beat the forthcoming 3% surcharge on stamp duty is driving house prices even higher...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reforms cost Treasury £620m

Chancellor George Osborne's stamp duty reforms are proving expensive for the Treasury wiping £620 million off its revenues last year, new figures...

10 February 2016

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London buyers rush to beat stamp duty hike

Demand for property in London continues to soar as buyers rush to beat April's forthcoming stamp duty surcharge on investment properties. Both new buyer registrations...

10 February 2016

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Buy-to-let rates fall as tax surcharge looms

Interest rates on buy-to-let mortgages continue to drop as lenders tempt landlords rushing to beat the stamp duty surcharge deadline. New figures from...

04 February 2016

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Mortgage approvals leap 24% in December

Monthly mortgage approvals soared 24% year-on-year to £12.4 billion in December but brokers deny lending is getting out of control. Across 2015,...

28 January 2016

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Growing struggle to secure buy-to-let finance

Finding mortgage finance will be the biggest challenge for amateur landlords in future, according to broker Private Finance. It warned that the...

27 January 2016

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Buy-to-let: the storm is coming

The housing market is facing a buy-to-let "storm" as investors rush to buy property before the stamp duty surcharge comes into...

26 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let surcharge boosts housing demand

Chancellor George Osborne's looming stamp duty surcharge is driving housing demand as buy-to-let investors rush to beat the tax hike. The latest RICS UK Residential...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords overcharged for limited company buy-to-lets

Buy-to-let investors are being charged more for limited company mortgages even though the lending risk is the same. Bracknell based specialist lender...

20 January 2016

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Conveyancer choice vital as buy-to-let deadline looms

Buy-to-let investors have been urged to choose their conveyancer carefully if they want to beat the new stamp duty surcharge. Specialist lender...

19 January 2016

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2016 gets off to a flyer

The property market has made a bright start to 2016 with the average home coming to market priced £1,500 higher than...

18 January 2016

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House prices jump £1,500 every month

House prices in England and Wales have risen by nearly £18,000 in the last year, an average rise of nearly £1,500...

14 January 2016

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Buy-to-let landlords rush to expand portfolios

Buy-to-let landlords are rushing to expand their portfolios before the stamp duty surcharge kicks in on 1 April. The surge means that...

13 January 2016

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Race to beat buy-to-let tax deadline

Estate agents report a surge in investors looking to buy property before the new buy-to-let stamp duty surcharge comes into force. The...

11 January 2016

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Surge in limited company buy-to-let loans

The number of investors purchasing buy-to-let properties through a limited company rose sharply in the final quarter of 2015, new figures...

08 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Just three weeks to beat buy-to-let surcharge

Brokers and landlords have been warned that they have just three weeks to beat the new buy-to-let surcharge and save thousands...

07 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let surcharge to spark mini-boom

The surcharge on stamp duty for investors and second homeowners will spark a mini-boom in property prices, a new survey says. Six out...

06 January 2016

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Great buy-to-let sell-off begins

Buy-to-let landlords could sell off hundreds of thousands of investment properties over the next five years in response to Chancellor George Osborne's tax...

05 January 2016

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Pessimism grows over buy-to-let catastrophe

Letting agents are feeling increasingly pessimistic about the future for the buy-to-let market after the stamp duty surcharge comes into force...

23 December 2015

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Stamp duty hike hits prime London but fringes boom

Higher stamp duty on £1 million plus properties has hit growth in prime central London and pushed it to the fringes...

22 December 2015

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Housing market set for bumpy ride in 2016

The UK housing market is in for a bumpy ride next year as new property taxes hit sales and prices. Higher stamp...

22 December 2015

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Treasury lines up new buy-to-let crackdown

The Treasury has launched a consultation on giving the Bank of England more powers to control buy-to-let and could introduce new lending...

18 December 2015

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Buy-to-let enjoys calm before the storm

Buy-to-let enjoyed another strong month in October with a 7% jump in lending and 5% rise in remortgages. But property experts warn...

16 December 2015

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Strong December growth points to buoyant 2016

The housing market is set for its strongest December since 2006 and next year should be equally buoyant, according to Rightmove. Asking...

14 December 2015

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IMF warns of UK housing market threat

The IMF has warned that the UK's unbalanced housing market could threaten future economic growth. It said the UK economy is on...

14 December 2015

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House prices break new record but growth slows

House prices in England and Wales jumped £16,446 in the last year to hit a new record high of £290,640. This is...

10 December 2015

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Stamp duty reforms save buyers £4,500 each

The typical home buyer approximately £4,500 better-off due to last year’s stamp duty changes. Chancellor George Osborne reformed the “slab system” of...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords rush to set up limited companies

Buy-to-let investors are rushing to set up limited companies to avoid Chancellor George Osborne’s forthcoming tax crackdown. Investors are trying to escape the...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Chancellor's attack could destroy buy-to-let

Chancellor George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge could backfire by slashing tax revenues as investors desert the market, experts have warned. Steve Bolton,...

03 December 2015

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Prime London prices grind to a halt

House price growth in prime central London is grinding to a halt as higher stamp duty on expensive properties hits growth. Annual growth...

03 December 2015

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Stamp duty changes save buyers £1.9bn

George Osborne’s stamp duty reforms announced last December have saved home buyers £1.9 billion in the last year. The average saving since Osborne...

03 December 2015

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Now Bank of England launches attack on buy-to-let

Chancellor George Osborne isn't alone in launching an attack on buy-to-let, Bank of England governor Mark Carney is also muscling in on the act. Carney...

02 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let surcharge set to cause “mayhem”

The new surcharge on stamp duty for buy-to-let and second homes is set to cause conveyancing “mayhem” next year. Broker Conveyancing has...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Investors get set for buy-to-let “scramble”

Property market experts have warned that the forthcoming buy-to-let surcharge on stamp duty will trigger a shortlived scramble for property in...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax will spark property boom and bust

Mortgage experts have warned that Chancellor George Osborne's latest assault on buy-to-let could trigger a housing market "boom and bust". The surcharge was...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Brokers blast “aggressive attack” on buy-to-let

Mortgage brokers have attacked the Chancellor’s "truly aggressive attack" on buy-to-let in his Autumn Statement and Spending Review yesterday. George Osborne punished...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax will trigger buying spree

Chancellor George Osborne's assault on the buy-to-let market yesterday could trigger a short-term “spree” as landlords rush to buy property before...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Housing market enjoys bumper October

Two new sets of figures published today showing the housing market firing on all cylinders into the autumn. House in England and...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty overhaul under attack

Chancellor George Osborne is under attack by critics who claim his recent stamp duty overhaul which has hit property sales and slashed revenues from...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Fresh signs of slowdown at top of market

There is further evidence of a slowdown at the top of the market as the pace of house price growth in...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Prime London slowdown continues

Price growth in prime central London looks set to slow further as the property market faces a number of headwinds. Knight Frank has cut...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reforms hamper prime London market

Changes to the stamp duty system introduced at the end of last year have led to a slowdown in sales of...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Is the party over for prime central London?

The prime central London property market has endured a "subdued summer" after the excitement of recent years. Annual price growth of 1.7%...

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty reform sinks prime London sales

Property sales in prime central London property sales have been hit by stamp duty reforms with no sign of an immediate recovery. In...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

House prices to rise at triple forecasted speed

While the London housing market drove UK growth in 2014, the capital should underperform the rest of the country this year,...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers account for half of mortgages

First-time buyers accounted for nearly half of all mortgage-financed house purchases in the first half of this year. New figures from Halifax show they...

03 July 2015

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