RICS: ‘Stamp Duty Optimisim’

ricsRMA Surveyors Ltd, Newbury, has been taking a read of the RICS UK Residential Market survey for December 2014.

In a recent press release, issued by RICS, it states that: December 2014 saw a sluggish trend in new buyer demand and a tail-off in house price growth. However, stamp duty reforms are still expected to support market activity according to our latest UK Residential Market Survey.

It goes onto state in its analysis that: ‘The number of potential new house buyers dipped for the sixth consecutive month in December and price growth fell to its slowest pace since May 2013’. However, the Institution is optimistic stating that ‘the changes to stamp duty are expected to provide a timely boost to activity in the housing market across most of the country but there remain significant challenges particularly for first time buyers seeking to take an initial step onto the property ladder.’

Read the full press release and analysis here.

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Stamp Duty Reforms

RMA_Logo RGBRMA Surveyors Ltd, Newbury, has been reading the latest on Stamp Duty.

As of today (4th December 2014), the Government has introduced Stamp Duty reforms on residential properties. Stating that ‘Stamp duty will be cut for 98% of people who pay it. If you’re buying a home for less than £937,500, you will pay less stamp duty, or the same’.

The change applies to you if you are buying a home in the UK for over £125,000.

Under the new rules, homebuyers will only pay the rate of tax on the part of the property price within each tax band. The following is given as an example:

Under the old rules, you would have paid tax at a single rate on the entire property price. Now you will only pay the rate of tax on the part of the property price within each tax band – like income tax. Under the old rules if you bought a house for £185,000, you would have had to pay 1% tax on the full amount – a total of £1,850. Under the new rules, for the same property you’ll pay nothing on the first £125,000 and 2% on the remaining £60,000. This works out as £1,200, a saving of £650.’

For further information, click to read the Government information sheet.

If you’re making a property purchase and require a Homebuyers Report or Building Survey, get in touch with RMA Surveyors Ltd for a quote.