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End stamp duty holiday looms

It’s noteworthy that the end of the stamp duty holiday looms for first-time buyers with just 5 months to go, sellers with homes worth £250,000 or less should acknowledge call to action

First-time buyers should be aware that the 25th October marks just five months to go until the stamp duty holiday ends. Under current arrangements, first-time buyers purchasing a property under £250,000 don’t have to pay any stamp duty. After 25th March 2012, all properties between £125,000 and £250,000 will incur a stamp duty levy of 1% of the purchase price, reports a spokesman from The Robinson Jackson Group

Stamp Duty Exemption

Stamp Duty Exemption Set to Continue

Stamp duty holiday?- £250,000 buys you a lot of property!

Estate agent Robinson Jackson says the deadline is particularly important to buyers in South East London, North Kent and the Medway as there are plenty of starter homes in this catchment: “We’re incredibly lucky that almost 900 of the properties we have for sale at the moment are priced at less than £250,000. In many instances, a budget of just £100,000 to £150,000 can buy you a good sized flat or small house. Not many London and Home Counties estate agents can say that so we’re telling first-time buyers to pick up the phone to us now as we want to help them make the most of their budget,” says Peter Jackson, co-founder of the estate agents that has 30 branches and departments in London and Kent.

Thinking of selling? Act now

And it’s not just first-time buyers who should sit up and take notice of the 25th March deadline. Sellers should also appreciate that now is the time to sell a property that would make a good starter home. Peter goes on to say: “If your home is worth £250,000 or less, now it the time to think about selling. We’re anticipating an influx of buyers looking to squeeze in a purchase before the stamp duty holiday ends but they’re going to be disappointed unless there’s more starter homeson our books. We have a ready-made audience out there looking to complete by March 2012.”

Time is of the essence

Peter Jackson says that the stamp duty holiday could bypass first-time buyers: “We are urging those wishing to take the first step onto the property ladder to start their search now. People have to factor in the time it takes to find, view and complete on a property. Once an offer has been made it’s not usual for completion to take two or three months, especially if there is an associated chain. Now is the ideal time to start looking and making serious offers.”

The stamp duty holiday was introduced to stimulate the property market but it’s not until now that mortgage lending conditions are starting to improve. Peter says that with the right guarantees and flexible approach, first-time buyers can secure a mortgage of up to 95%: “Property prices are stable, we’re still in the stamp duty holiday period and there are some better mortgage products coming to market so it’s a good time to pay us a visit and find out what’s within your budget. However, first-time buyers who fail to make offers in the next two months might find they miss the boat and will end up paying a 1% stamp duty fee. So please act now!”

Peter concludes by saying: “There’s a small window of real opportunity here for first-time buyers and sellers of starter homes worth less than £250,000.

Pick up the phone or visit us in branch to find out how we can help you before the deadline is upon us.”

The stamp duty holiday has certainly helped many – do you think it should extend into next year?


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