HOA’s Voice

Read our take on the latest developments of interest to homeowners and aspiring homeowners, with contributions from our staff, supporters and guest contributions.

Stamp duty holiday extended

Will the stamp duty holiday be extended?

Rishi Sunak has announced an extension of the stamp duty holiday until the end of June in the budget with lower rates until the end of September. This will be welcomed by those buying a home who have been very worried about having to pay up to £15k extra on their purchase if they don't complete in time. The extension will likely cause another mini-surge of activity as buyers and sellers rush to take advantage of the savings. With transactions taking on average 4 months, what can you do to speed up your purchase?

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Common House Survey Problems

common house survey problems

Don't be alarmed at your building surveyor's report on the house you want to buy. Many of the problems listed are surprisingly common. But some are more expensive than others.

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Should I sell my house now?

Traditionally, Spring is one of the best times to put your home on the market. But with a global pandemic and UK wide lockdown, is this really the time to be moving house?

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Shared ownership to be made more affordable

shared ownership

The government aims to help more first time buyers with changes announced this week to the shared ownership scheme. Homebuyers struggling with affordability will now be able to buy a smaller share in their property - just 10% - to get a foot on the housing ladder.

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