Housebuilders have welcomed reports the Chancellor is mooting the introduction of a stamp duty holiday.
Rishi Sunak has drawn up proposals to exempt most homebuyers from paying any stamp duty and will outline plans on Wednesday to lift the threshold at which people start paying stamp duty from £125,000 to as much as £500,000, according to The Times.
It could be in place for six months to boost demand. The sector was hurt by the Covid-19 lockdown, with people encouraged to avoid moving possible where possible. Those restrictions were eased in May when viewings were permitted again, and estate agents and show homes could reopen.
Shares in estate agent groups such as Foxtons and Purplebricks were all higher this morning, and shares in housebuilders Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Bellway also improved.
Bellway’s chief executive Jason Honeyman said: “Any help is positive but developers need longer term solutions to provide the confidence to invest.” He added: “Developments often take several years in the making so a 6 month fix is unlikely to have an effect on our investment plans.”
Antony Stark, a director at London builder Linea Homes, said the stamp duty change “would be welcomed and I would expect prospective buyers to jump on this opportunity creating a much needed spike at the more affordable end of the market”.
You usually pay stamp duty land tax on increasing portions of the property price above £125,000 when you buy residential property.