Stamp duty rates and thresholds changes at long last!

How many times have I mentioned stamp duty on this page and at last the Chancellor has listened. Stamp duty on the purchase of property has been slashed for homes valued up to £937,500. This means that property in the lower and medium price ranges is greatly reduced and that awful catagory around £250,000 where stamp duty jumped from 1% to 3% is now history. Here is the new scale from midnight on the 3rd December 2014.

Up to £125,000 ; 0%

£125,001 to £250,000 ; 2%

£250,001 to  £925,000 ; 5%

£925,001 to £1.5m ; 10%

Above £1.5m ; 12%

This means that someone buying a £350,000 property will now pay £7500 instead of £10500. Also, a property at £255,000 which would have previously cost a buyer £7650 will now be £2750. So the old saying that "you can rarely sell a house for £255,000 due to the dramatic uplift in duty" is no longer the case. 

This is excellent news for our area although buyers paying over £937,500 will pay more. We wonder if that has anything to do with the mansion tax proposed by Labour and the Liberal Democrats? Couldn't be!

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