NEW STAMP DUTY RULES FOR FIRST-TIME BUYERS COULD SOON BE REDUNDANT, AS L&C REPORTS 4 MILLION PROPERTIES WILL BE PRICED OUT BY 2028
- By 2028 four million homes across England could move out of the stamp duty relief threshold, due to rising house prices
- Southampton, Norwich, Bristol and Plymouth are currently the best places to buy to avoid stamp duty
- Nottingham should have the most houses within the price bracket for tax exemption over the next ten years
- Three in ten first-time buyers don’t know if they will benefit from stamp duty cuts
- L&C Mortgages calls on Government to consider abolition of stamp duty for all first-time buyers
- Check out L&C’s interactive Stamp Duty tool – what will you pay in your area over the next 10 years?
Following the Government’s announcement in the 2017 Autumn Budget that first-time buyers will pay zero stamp duty on the first £300,000 of any home that costs up to £500,000, L&C Mortgages, the UK’s award-winning fee free mortgage adviser, has investigated how many homes across England are and will be available for £500,000 or less in the next ten years. The L&C Stamp Duty Report also looks into the type of properties that stamp duty exemption will most commonly apply to in each region, consumer attitudes towards the most effective Government first-time buyer initiative, and general consumer feeling towards the stamp duty changes. The full report can be viewed here.
Southampton (88%), Norwich (87%), Bristol (87%) and Plymouth (80%) have the largest proportions of property sales between £125,000 and £500,000, which is where there is a saving to be made. Conversely, London has a relatively low proportion of properties within the band eligible for a cut (57%), primarily because just over two fifths (43%) of sales are over £500,000 and therefore not applicable for the stamp duty cut.
TEN YEAR OUTLOOK
Looking at the potential rise in house prices over the next decade, using past L&C data on future first-time buyer deposits, the mortgage broker identified which cities are likely to benefit from the stamp duty cut in the future. The report finds that out of 100,000 recent property sales in line to benefit from stamp duty relief, 30,000 will drop out of the bracket to be eligible for a stamp duty tax break in the next decade.
London in particular will be hit by further price rises. In ten years, over half (51%) of the 52,002 properties that currently qualify for a stamp duty cut for a first-time buyer will not benefit. The total proportion of properties that would benefit from the stamp duty cut will drop from 57% to 28%. Another example is in Brighton where almost a third (30%) of properties that could currently be eligible to pay less stamp duty are forecast not to do so in ten years. However, Nottingham should have the most houses within the price bracket for tax exemption over the next ten years. The proportion of properties here that could receive a discount from this tax change would rise from 51% to 73%.
David Hollingworth from L&C said:
“It’s alarming that in cities in the South, so few properties will see any type of benefit from the stamp duty changes in 10 years’ time. As a priority the Government needs to ensure that there is a plan in place to review SDLT relief bands, to guarantee sustained support for would-be home owners now and in the future. Going even further, abolishing stamp duty for first-time buyers altogether would help all those looking to get on the ladder, with one less expense to worry about. Our research shows that many of the first-time buyers, especially those based in southern England, who are set to pay less or nothing will need to act fast before many of the properties currently eligible fall out of the price bracket that qualifies for the cut.”
A FIFTH OF FIRST-TIME BUYERS WILL CHANGE THE AREA IN WHICH THEY WANT TO BUY TO AVOID STAMP DUTY
As location can influence how the stamp duty changes affect people, some are reviewing the area in which they plan to buy. A fifth (21%) have changed the area in which they want to buy in order to pay less or no stamp duty, which rises to 37% of Londoners. On the other hand, only 11% of those in the South West have changed the area they want to move to in light of the recent changes. There are objections to the way in which the stamp duty changes are biased towards certain areas. Over half (53%) feel that it’s unfair that some areas in England will receive a greater discount than others as a result of the stamp duty changes. Moreover, two in five (41%) say that moving away from where they currently live is the only option to get more for their money.
THREE IN TEN DON’T KNOW IF THEY WILL BENEFIT FROM STAMP DUTY CUTS
Almost a third (31%) of first-time buyers don’t know if the stamp duty abolition will benefit them when they buy their first home. Two thirds (65%) of English first-time buyers know at least a little about the stamp duty changes introduced at the end of 2017, but only 18% know a lot or a reasonable amount. 18 to 24 year olds are less likely to have any knowledge of the stamp duty changes – affecting many first-time buyers (51%).
David Hollingworth concludes:
“There’s still some work to be done by the Government, and the wider market, to educate first time buyers and address the lack of understanding of the benefit of the stamp duty relief. Those looking to get on the ladder have been offered a small light at the end of what is considered to be quite a dark tunnel, but if the Government doesn’t work harder to illuminate what is on offer then many won’t even be aware that this help is available.”
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