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Stamp duty break extension prompts biggest monthly house price rise since 2004 | Business News

House costs rose at their biggest monthly rate since 2004 in April after Rishi Sunak prolonged a vacation on stamp duty, in accordance with new figures from lender Nationwide.

Prices climbed by 2.1% in comparison with March whereas they have been up by 7.1% in comparison with the identical interval final year, the report stated.

The chancellor launched a stamp duty exemption on the primary £500,000 of property purchases final year after house gross sales collapsed through the preliminary months of the pandemic but it surely had been as a consequence of expire in March.

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The chancellor prolonged the tax break in final month’s price range

But in final month’s price range, Mr Sunak prolonged the tax break till June, when the edge might be lowered to £250,000 till September, earlier than returning to £125,000.

Nationwide chief economist Robert Gardner stated: “Just as expectations of the end of the stamp duty holiday led to a slowdown in house price growth in March, so the extension of the stamp duty holiday in the budget prompted a reacceleration in April.”

The month-on-month price enhance of two.1% was the best since February 2004. The annual progress of seven.1% was slightly below the 7.3% seen final December, which was a six-year excessive.

Mr Gardner stated the housing market seemed set to stay “fairly buoyant” over the following six months because of the stamp duty vacation in addition to continued authorities job assist measures.

Demand for transferring house can also be being motivated by altering housing preferences within the wake of the pandemic, Mr Gardner added.

Many are swapping the comfort of dwelling near the cities the place they work for the consolation of getting a bigger house additional out as they spend extra time there.

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Meanwhile provide of properties on the market stays constrained, including to the strain on costs.

But Mr Gardner added: “Further ahead, the outlook for the market is far more uncertain.

“If unemployment rises sharply in the direction of the tip of the year as most analysts anticipate, there’s scope for exercise to sluggish, maybe sharply.”

Howard Archer, chief economic advisor to the EY ITEM Club, said: “We consider the energy of the housing market is extreme relative to the financial fundamentals, and the extent of costs will in the end show unsustainable.”

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