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Get on the ladder before stamp duty goes up…

The number of mortgages taken out by first time home owners increased in December 2011 the latest figures show. Experience IFA’s of Bishop’s Stortford, Enable can see that more firs-time buyers have been trying to get on the ladder before the stamp duty holiday on properties costing up to £250,000 changes.

Since March 2010, first-time buyers purchasing properties costing between £125,000 and £250,000 have not had to pay any stamp duty at all it was a move by the government designed to kick start the flagging housing market but from 25 March 2012 first timers will pay 1% on those homes in that price bracket.

Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) indicate that buyers are buying with the intention of beating the deadline to save money. With the average first-time buyer spending about £130,000, buyers typically stand to save £1,300. In December 2011, 18,700 mortgages worth £2.3bn were advanced to first-time buyers, up 7% by volume and 10% by value on November’s figures.
There was also an increase in the proportion of properties bought by first-time buyers within the exempt price band from 50% to 53%, a statistic the CML said “suggested they are beginning to rush through purchases before the concession ends in March”.

The CML’s director general, Paul Smee, said: “We have been expecting a flow of first-time buyers on to the market as the stamp duty exemption ends in March; December’s figures appear to show this has now begun.”

If you want to buy before the stamp duty goes up Enable IFA’s of Bishop Stortford can help you with your mortgage, as we have access to the entire mortgage market.

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