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Osborne scraps Stamp Duty slab structure in Autumn Statement

George Osborne will abolish the slab structure of the Stamp Duty Land Tax from midnight tonight and will replace it with new layers of tax rates which will lower the cost of buying a home for 98% of the country.

People buying homes will only pay the tax rate on the part of the property which falls within the band instead of paying it on the whole property price.

For homes up to £125,000 no stamp duty is payable then;

£125,001 to £250,000 – 2%

£250,001 to £925,000- 5%

£925,001 to £1,500,00- 10%

£1,500,001 and above 12%

Osborne referred to the old system as a ‘badly designed tax’ which placed the biggest burden on low and middle income families.

The new rules start tomorrow, on 4th December. People who have already exchanged contracts on their new home purchase but have yet to complete will get to choose whether they use the old or new stamp duty rules.

In Scotland the new rates will apply until 1 April 2015 when the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax replaces it.

The Chancellor said that for a home which cost £255,000 the Stamp Duty charge would be £4,500 lower than it would have been under the old system.

Osborne said the new approach to calculating the tax removed the need to revalue the UK’s stock of homes.

The old rates were;

£125,001 to £250,000 – 1%

£250,001 to £500,000 – 3%

£500,001 to £1m – 4%

£1,000,001 to £2m – 5%

Over £2m – 7%.

Osborne said just 2% of the population would lose out under the new structure and rates.

He said someone buying a home worth more than £5m would now pay £514,000 in Stamp Duty compared to £350,000 previously.

To read the government’s factsheet on the new Stamp Duty Land Tax “click here

Bank of EnglandUK interest rates held at record low of 0.5% for another month

UK interest rates have been at 0.5% for five years. However, in June, Mr Carney said that interest rates could start to rise sooner than financial markets expected.

The size of the Bank’s economic stimulus programme – quantitative easing – was also unchanged at £375bn.

Debate over the timing of a rate rise has intensified, with Bank governor Mark Carney hinting recently that it could come by the end of this year.

In the minutes of the previous MPC meeting in July, all nine members of the committee voted to keep rates on hold.

Details of why the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) held rates will be published later this month.

The minutes for the latest MPC meeting are not due to be released until 20 August. If they reveal that some policymakers voted in favour of a rate rise it will be the first time the committee has been split since July 2011.

BOEThe Bank of England has held UK interest rates at a record low of 0.5% for another month

The size of the Bank’s economic stimulus programme, known as quantitative easing, was also kept unchanged at £375bn.

Last month, Bank governor Mark Carney hinted that rates could increase later this year as the UK’s economic recovery becomes more secure.

When it comes, any rise in rates is expected to be small.

Speaking last month, Mr Carney said “we expect that eventual increases in Bank rate will be gradual and limited”. He has also talked of rates hitting a “new normal” of 2.5% by 2017.

The number of people out of work is also falling, with the unemployment rate down to 6.6% in the three months to May.

On the other hand, there is little pressure to raise rates to keep prices in check – the inflation rate fell to 1.5% in May, down from 1.8% in the previous month. The Bank’s inflation rate target is 2%.

Interest rates have been at their record low of 0.5% since March 2009.

BOEThe Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has once again voted to keep base rate at 0.5 per cent, the 61st month of record-low rates. The MPC also voted to keep its programme of quantitative easing at £375bn.

The previous change in Bank Rate was a reduction of 0.5 percentage points to 0.5% on 5 March 2009. A programme of asset purchases financed by the issuance of central bank reserves was initiated on 5 March 2009. The previous change in the size of that programme was an increase of £50 billion to a total of £375 billion on 5 July 2012.

Help to BuyEquity loans taken out under the Help to Buy scheme since its inception have reached a total value of £600m, government figures have revealed.

Since the scheme launched in April 2013 14,823 equity loans have completed to the end of January, 89% of which were for first-time buyers.

Leeds topped the table as the council which completed the most purchases with 268.

The Help to Buy equity loan scheme can be used to purchase a new build property up to the value of £600,000 with a 20% equity loan up to a maximum of £120,000.

The government has set aside a pot of £3.5bn to service the equity loan scheme.

The availability of a government loan to purchase a new build home helped to drive up house building activity last year.

Planning permissions granted in 2013 reached their highest level since 2007 climbing to 174,471, a report from the House Builders Federation showed.

The report revealed the scheme was delivering around 2500 reservations a month.

But despite the upward trend, the 2013 total figure is still short of meeting the country’s annual housing demands.

The Office of National Statistics predicted that 232,000 households are projected to form each year.

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF, said: “Help to Buy equity loan is increasing demand for new homes and the industry is increasing its output as a result.

House prices rising at fastest rate for four years

House prices rose by 0.6% in February, a 9.4% increase on the same month in 2013, according to the Nationwide Building Society.

The annual rate of growth is the fastest for almost four years.

It puts the average price of a UK home at £177,846, which is still almost 5% below the 2007 peak.

The Nationwide said sales and prices were being driven by record low interest rates, higher employment and the easier availability of mortgages.

The lender’s chief economist, Robert Gardner, acknowledged that prices could accelerate even faster in the coming months, as more people took the plunge to buy for the first time or move. But he denied a house price “bubble” was being created.

“If you look at prices relative to earnings then housing does look relatively expensive by historic standards,” Mr Gardner told BBC News.

“But if you look at how much it costs to service a typical mortgage, that suggests that housing isn’t overly expensive at this point… because interest rates are at such low levels.”

The Nationwide pointed out that prices were also being driven higher by a continued lack of new homes.

“Price growth is being supported by the fact that the supply of housing remains constrained, with housing completions still well below their pre-crisis levels,” said Mr Gardner.

He added that just 109,500 new homes were built in England in 2013, which was 38% below the level recorded in 2007, and about half the projected number of new households expected to form each year.

BarclaysBarclays to launch into Help to Buy 2 next Tuesday

The lender will offer two products including a three-year fix at 5.35% and a five-year equivalent at 5.49% from Tuesday 14 January.

Both products are fee-free and available up to 95% loan-to-value. A minimum loan size of 50,000 and maximum of £570,000 apply to both products.

The Help to Buy mortgages will be available through all channels, both direct and intermediary, and the products will be available on new build and existing properties. Only house purchase loans will be accepted by Barclays.

To find out more about Help to buy and for a personal illustration, please give one of our qualified advisers a call or email us via “Contact Us” page with your requirements.

 

Help to BuyHelp to Buy to Date

Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced that over 6,000 people have applied for a mortgage through the Help to Buy mortgage indemnity scheme in the three months since it was launched.

Figures published in November showed that 2,000 applications were made in the first month of the scheme and the number has more than trebled since then.

In total, almost £1bn in new homeowner loans will have been advanced once pending applications are approved. So far, nearly 750 homeowners have completed their purchases through Help to Buy 2.

The average Help to Buy customer is looking to purchase a home worth £160,000 and faces monthly repayments of around £900. The average household income of £45,000 means Help to Buy mortgages, on average, represent 23 per cent of borrowers’ gross income.

Cameron says: “Too many people have found themselves frozen out of the market in recent years as a result of the size of deposit required.

“That is why as part of our long-term economic plan we introduced the Help to Buy scheme, so hardworking people with sufficient earnings can get on, fulfill their aspirations and enjoy the security of owning their own home.

“In less than three months, the scheme has already helped thousands of people.”

If you would like to know more about the Help to Buy scheme, why not call one of our qualified mortgage advisers who would be more than happy to review your financial requirements. Please call us on 01489 580020 or email us via our “contact us” page.

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95% LTVFirst time buyer 5 year Fixed rate launched at 4.59 per cent five-year fixed rate up to 95 per cent loan-to-value for loans up to £300,000.

There is a £500 completion fee on loans to £500,000 and a 1 per cent fee for loans over £500,000. There is also a £199 booking fee.

If you are a first time buyer and have a 5 per cent deposit and would like to get on the property ladder, you should call us now for an initial assessment and you could be on your way to owning your own property.

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