Return of government support to get on the property ladder announced in the Budget

Return of government support to get on the property ladder announced in the Budget

95% mortgages had virtually disappeared during the pandemic but the new scheme announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to help those potential house-buyers with small deposits by offering incentives to lenders.

The 'Boris Bounce' in the housing marketThe scheme will run from April until the end of 2022. Several of the country’s largest lenders will be offering these 95% mortgages and will be available to any ‘creditworthy’ household struggling to raise a larger deposit.

Find out more at The Guardian’s article here >

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Chancellor announces stamp duty holiday extends to end of June

Chancellor announces stamp duty holiday extends to end of June

The stamp duty holiday on house purchases has been extended for a further three months, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in his Budget.

Savings against property with Walker Beckett MortgagesThe tax break, on the first £500,000 of all sales in England and Northern Ireland, will now continue until 31st June 2021. From 1st July the nil rate band will be set at £250,000 until the end of September.

Rishi Sunak said: “the extra move was to smooth the transition back to normal – and we will only return to the usual level of £125,000 from October 1”.

The change to the scheme which began in July 2020 proved to be a hit with many property buyers and sellers – and was a much needed tonic to a sector hit badly by the pandemic.

It is not too late for those who were stuck in the middle of the buying and selling process and thought they had missed out on this deal. For advice about mortgages, loans and insurance get in touch with Walker Beckett. We would love to help.

Read more > Stamp duty holiday extended to end of June – BBC News

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2020: The year of the highest growth in house prices in 6 years

2020: The year of the highest growth in house prices in 6 years

2020: The year of the highest growth in house prices in 6 years

Despite the setbacks that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused to many businesses and economies it seems the housing market has boomed during this time.

Encouraged by that extra time to think about what you really want in a house many changed preferences have led to increased demand for a new home. Policy changes have encouraged this – the furlough and Self Employment Income Support Scheme have given a boost to many, alongside the Stamp Duty holiday and measures to reduce the cost of borrowing money.

Check out this article by the BBC which highlights in more detail how the housing market has ended with ‘a bang and not a whimper’ in 2020.

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Housing market remains stronger than first predicted during October

Housing market remains stronger than first predicted during October

Strong housing market as activity remains higher than first predicted during October

Strong housing market as activity remains higher than first predicted during OctoberA market report from Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) reveals the UK housing market performed better in October than widely expected. Another strong month of activity looks favourable for the coming season.

However, according to the data, this may not last as the longer-term outlook for sales remains subdued, with the difficult economic backdrop expected to weigh on activity once government furlough scheme and other support are withdrawn early in the new year.

Looking at new buyer enquiries, a net balance of +46% of respondents cited an increase in demand at the headline level during October. This marks the fifth consecutive positive monthly reading, following the lockdown induced slump seen earlier in the year. Although the most recent figure is a little more modest compared to those posted over the previous four months, it remains consistent with solid momentum behind buyer demand nonetheless.

Jeremy Leaf, a former RICS residential chairman, says: “…the market quietened down a little towards the end of October/early November. However, it has picked up again quite noticeably in the past few days as the prospect of a vaccine has improved. On the ground, we are seeing more buyer and seller determination to get deals done in order for both to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday.”

Find out more from an article by Property Reporter >

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Some things that might drive the housing market in the next 6 months

Some things that might drive the housing market in the next 6 months

There is no doubt that this season has changed our lives in so many ways.

Some things that might drive the housing marketTime in lockdown and more time actually being in our houses and gardens has made us rethink what we want from them.

This fascinating article by Love Property outlines some expert predictions about how these changing times and our changing priorities might affect what we look for in a property, and how this may drive the housing market in the near future. Read more from Love Property >

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A housing market mini-boom in post-lockdown

A housing market mini-boom in post-lockdown

Following coronavirus restrictions the housing market is the busiest it has been for quite a while!

A housing market mini-boom in post-lockdownA cut in stamp duty amongst other things has led to enquiries being ‘through the roof’. For some the lockdown season has enabled them to rethink their life and housing priorities, for others the chance to get going with ‘normal’ life again has led to a surge in demand.

Check out this article from the Guardian which outlines some more facts and figures regarding the market boom we are in. Read more from the Guardian >

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