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Nigel is a lovely chap who 'knows his onions' - the video he produced was not full of jargon and his passion came through via the enthusiastic narration. His pricing advice was also spot on and we secured a full asking price offer within 24hrs of going live on the web - what more can you ask really? We are very pleased with our experience, which has made other agents we have used previously now appear lackluster and would happily recommend L&K to any prospective vendor.

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Buying property at this time is challenging. Buying your first home in the current climate is extremely difficult, and this is why many first-time buyers need help from family members.

The past year has been a challenging one, but many people long for their own space, and to have a home they can call their own. This hasn’t changed because of the pandemic. In fact, you will find even more people are keen to own their space, and this has been reflected in a recent study.

The Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday extension, offering buyers in England and Northern Ireland a discount of up to £15,000 until 30th June 2021, and £2,500 up to 30th September 2021.

In Wales, no land transaction tax will be due on the first £250,000 of any primary residential property until 30th June 2021. In Scotland, the stamp duty holiday has not been extended, finishing at the end of March 2021.

According to Zoopla, the average time for an agreed sale to complete has increased from 90 days to 110-115 days. For sales to complete by 30th June, most will have needed to be agreed by now. To complete by 30th September a sale needs to have been agreed by 7th June 2021. Source: Dataloft, Zoopla

 

199 Dataloft inform Insight 

While space has always been crucial at home, the importance of having room in your house has come to the fore in recent times. Lockdowns have left many people feeling cooped up and cramped at home, so there is a great deal to be said for maximising your available room at home.

Welcome to the March 2021 Property Market Comment, from Lock and Key estate agents in Melksham, following a very eagerly awaited budget. Fortunately for the property market, there was no immediate bad news at all, especially in respect of the much-publicised Stamp Duty deadline.
In a nutshell, nine months ago, the government sought to bolster the economy by helping the property market, by the temporary removal of up to £15,000 in SDLT (Stamp Duty) on a property purchase. That concession was due to end on 31st March but, because the property market has been so buoyant during the pandemic, huge numbers of transactions had put pressure on the conveyancing system, causing delays. Thousands of transactions could have missed the deadline and there had been suggestions of fall-throughs and price renegotiations as a result.

Welcome to the March 2021 Property Market Comment, from Lock and Key estate agents in Melksham, following a very eagerly awaited budget. Fortunately for the property market, there was no immediate bad news at all, especially in respect of the much-publicised Stamp Duty deadline.


In a nutshell, nine months ago, the government sought to bolster the economy by helping the property market, by the temporary removal of up to £15,000 in SDLT (Stamp Duty) on a property purchase. That concession was due to end on 31st March but, because the property market has been so buoyant during the pandemic, huge numbers of transactions had put pressure on the conveyancing system, causing delays. Thousands of transactions could have missed the deadline and there had been suggestions of fall-throughs and price renegotiations as a result.

At Lock & Key, we want you to feel informed about moving in the housing market. We know many people are holding off from making a move right now, although they are keen to move as soon as they feel the time is right.

The property landscape has changed considerably in the past year. Buyers have new things in mind when they are looking to purchase property, and it is vital vendors bear this in mind.

While there has been significant demand for homes of late, a lot of this is driven by the stamp duty holiday. When that ends, many industry experts believe the demand for property will fall off, and this will impact vendors and buyers.



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