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Stamp Duty Changes – A big Step forward for the Runcorn property market

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Wed 08 Jul 2020

Stamp Duty Changes – A big Step forward for the Runcorn property market

A 2-minute read.

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced sweeping changes this afternoon around Stamp Duty which is excellent news for anyone thinking of buying a home in Runcorn.

Stamp Duty is a tax applied when you buy a property and the announcement that there will be a payment holiday starting immediately means homebuyers will save thousands of pounds.

What’s Changing?

The Government has raised the stamp duty threshold to £500,000 for all buyers until March 31st, 2021.

That means property purchases below £500,000 will not need to pay ANY stamp duty.

On average that will save homebuyers at least £4500 according to the Chancellor, also meaning 9 out of 10 people will pay no Stamp Duty whatsoever while the holiday lasts.

The move has been welcomed by home buyers and across the property industry. It is being seen as a step on the path to getting Runcorn and the UK’s economy firing on all cylinders again.

What it Means to You

You’re most likely thinking ‘how much could I save when buying a new property now?’

Well, the more you pay for a property during the Stamp Duty Holiday – up to the new £500,000 threshold – the more you can save.

For example, according to the BBC, if you bought a house for £275,000 before today’s announcement, the Stamp Duty you’d have to pay would be £3,750.

What does it mean for the Runcorn property market?

We’ve already seen a lot of interest in the Runcorn property market since lockdown was relaxed.

This move by the Government will keep the positive momentum going and help the broader economy.

This is because when people move, they often spend thousands of pounds doing up their new home to suit their lifestyle and tastes.

If you are a local landlord interested in either growing your portfolio or how these changes might affect you please get in touch with us and we can talk you through it all.