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Stamp duty changes: How will they work?

Stamp duty on home purchases is to be reformed from midnight on Wednesday, along the lines of the system due to be introduced in Scotland, the chancellor has announced.

George Osborne said 98% of homeowners in England and Wales would pay less after the changes than they do under the current system.

Only people who buy homes worth more than £937,000 will pay more in tax.

“It’s time we changed this badly-designed tax on aspiration,” Mr Osborne told MPs.

So how will these changes work?

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fewer sellers drop prices

Confidence in the property market is at its highest level since the start of the economic downturn.

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Yes it really helps

The Help to Buy scheme is assisting 75 borrowers a day in their hunt for a new home, the first official figures reveal.

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Selling your home in winter? Here are a few tips

With the arrival of a new season it is important to identify some key, yet simple changes to ensure your home is looking its best if you are considering selling this winter.

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Smart tips before buying a property

If you’re buying a home, there are certain things the seller has to tell you about problem neighbours – but don’t just rely on the law. Make sure you’ve found out all you can before you move in, writes HomeOwners Alliance.

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House prices ‘to rise’ in next six months following introduction of Help to Buy

Average value of a home expected to rise as much as typical annual wage during the next six months, according to the latest Zoopla survey.


Almost nine out of 10 homeowners expect house prices to rise during the next six months by the same amount as the average wage.

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Common myths about Help to Buy dispelled

The launch of the latest phase of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme has generated a huge amount of interest from buyers. But an understanding of exactly how the scheme works remains sketchy, with borrowers wanting to know if they meet the criteria to apply.

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Help to Buy (phase two): Lenders ‘already offering’ better mortgages

Banks take-up of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme is ‘lukewarm’ and is unlikely to change, brokers said, after lenders unveiled rates offered under the scheme.

Brokers suggested a limited number of lenders would participate in the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme as they were already offering higher loan to value deals and may feel they have enough exposure to borrowers with small deposits.

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Phil Spencer’s Property Tip of the Month

If you’re moving home, it may be tempting to breathe a sigh of relief once the removal van is booked. Whether renting or buying, it’s likely you’ll have endured months of searching online, attending viewings, organising your finances and finally signing the appropriate paperwork.

You’ll no doubt be both exhausted and excited by the whole process – which you’ve had to fit around going to work every day or doing the school run – and now you’ll be keen to sit still for five minutes.

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Regent Street 1920

A fantastic bit of nostalgia

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