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Pressure on government for stamp duty cut in Autumn Statement

A prominent estate agency says there’s a stronger case for a stamp duty cut now than there was during the pandemic.

Knight Frank says that in retrospect the market possibly did not need a stamp duty holiday in July 2020, four months into the pandemic.

Tom Bill, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, says trading activity was strong during successive lockdowns as people reassessed how and where they lived.


But he insists a form of UK-wide support would certainly be welcome now, given the negative events supressing demand.

He says: “We will find out if the government has a plan in the Autumn Statement later this month.

“In the meantime, the number of UK mortgage approvals was more than a third below the five-year average in September and transaction volumes were down by just under a quarter.

“Unlike the early months of Covid or the period following the mini-Budget, there is no single cause of the slowdown. Sentiment has been affected by a series of factors including the financial pain of higher mortgage rates, the Bank of England’s struggle to contain inflation, the impending general election, and uncertainty arising from overseas military conflicts.”

The weak sentiment in the sales market means that some prospective sellers are hesitating and opting to let out their property instead, according to Bill.

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    No self interest there then.

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    The weak sentiment in the sales market means that some prospective sellers are hesitating and opting to let out their property instead, according to Tom Bill. Really? Next he will be telling us that landlords are not selling up.

  • jeremy clarke

    No, no, no! All a stamp duty holiday does every time is increase asking prices. Seen it happen many times over the years, there are no winners when it happens.

    Matthew Payne

    Agree, artificial incentives to drive activity are toxic, I am not sure what good is to be had driving up prices temporarily, or forcing people to take out 6% fixed rate mortgages, just to keep estate agents happy. There is still about 80% of stock out there for sale that there is usually, agents just need to work harder and smarter to shift it and stop making excuses. "uncertainty arising from overseas military conflicts"??? Really? Come on...what next?


    @ Matthew Payne, they are holding "General Election" and "Brexit" in reserve.


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