Changes to Stamp Duty have affected asking prices

Thursday 06 August 2015  / Ruth Montia

The analysis of homes taken by Nationwide on sales six months after the scrapping of the new system on stamp duty has revealed a dramatic change to agents’ and vendors’ asking prices.

The Nationwide Building Society study has shown much less clustering around the old stamp duty thresholds of £125,000, £500,000 and in particular the £250,000 price points.

Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist “Based on the first six months of transactions data from the Land Registry, nearly 235,000 purchasers in England and Wales have paid less tax under the new regime, with an average benefit of [about] £1,800”

He says “The benefits are greatest in the south of England where average house prices are higher. We estimate that around 85% of transactions in London, the south west and the south east have benefited from the changes, compared with around 55% in the north, Yorkshire and Humberside, and the north west of England”.

Nationwide has also estimated around 5,000 purchasers over the past six months and that means about 2% of all buyers have paid more stamp duty. Two thirds of these were in London, with an average of £28,000 more tax being paid compared with the old system.

Gardner says “On balance – considering the net effect of those paying more and those paying less – we estimate that the changes have resulted in around £275m less tax being paid than would have been the case under the old stamp duty regime”