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Will the new Prime Minister reform stamp duty?

Among other factors (policy and economic performance being key), changes to taxation in the form of stamp duty land tax at point of sale can have a big impact on the level of activity in the UK housing market. The most recent significant impacts on the market have been the higher rate taxes on the market over £1million and the surcharge on second homes.

Real house price growth

Real house price growth

The housing market – including prices, mortgage approvals and rental prices – are viewed as symbolic of wider economic trends, such as in investor and consumer confidence. House and rental price growth, or lack thereof, is seen by economists, media commentators, and the public as a fundamental economic indicator, and these metrics always get a lot of air time.

Consumer confidence declines in April

Consumer confidence declines in April

It is a complicated story for the housing market in the first quarter of 2018 with marked regional variations and continuing uncertainty as the country waits for the outcomes of the Brexit negotiations. The UK economy continues to grow, albeit slowly, but despite declining inflation levels and wages finally starting to rise, consumer confidence remains in negative territory.

Lies, damned lies and statistics

Lies, damned lies and statistics

Statistics are a brilliant way to shed light on the way markets behave and have become an essential part of business life in these days of big data (and fake news).

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