Property: House prices reduced as market hots up ahead of stamp duty holiday deadline

House prices have reduced from record highs as people look to complete property transactions before the end of the stamp duty holiday in March 2021, according to the latest research.

The property sales site website Rightmove released data tracking asking prices and the increase in demand since the Chancellor announced the stamp duty holiday in July.

The Government’s stamp duty holiday ensures that main residence property transactions of £500,000 or under will pay no stamp duty until 31 March 2021, where previously a £400,000 transaction would have resulted in £10,000 in stamp duty.

Stamp duty for those purchasing additional properties has also been cut, starting at three per cent up to £500,000.

According to the latest data, asking prices for properties on the market reduced by 0.5 per cent in October, with the average house price averaging over £323,000.

Tim Bannister, Director of Property Data at Rightmove, said: “Given the ongoing mini-boom, prices might have been expected to rise again this month.

“But instead we have a slight dip, which could be a result of some new sellers pricing more realistically to have a better chance of agreeing a sale in time to benefit from the stamp duty savings on their onward purchase.”

A study of different price bands has shown a sharper growth in activity higher price bands, with buyers set to make more significant stamp duty savings on transactions, with sales doubling in the £400,000 – £500,000 price band.

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Nick Davies
Nick is the Head of Property in our London office, having joined in the firm in 2005. His expertise covers a wide range of real estate transactions, with cases including both residential and commercial property deals, shops, pubs, restaurants, development sites, offices, lease renewals, enfranchisement, litigation and corporate support.