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13/06/2017 - Live by the beach... in London! 13 Jun 2017
08/06/2017 - Election causing buyers and sellers to "wait and see" 08 Jun 2017
06/06/2017 - More lenders target small-deposit buyers, just as house prices slide 06 Jun 2017
02/06/2017 - House prices show longest sustained fall since 2009 crash 02 Jun 2017
01/06/2017 - Apps for surveyors: 2017 edition 01 Jun 2017
22/05/2017 - Conservatives plan to bring back Home Information Packs 22 May 2017
15/05/2017 - Revealed, the least affordable places in Britain to buy a property: 15 May 2017
08/05/2017 - House price growth stagnates in the UK, latest index shows 08 May 2017
06/04/2017 - Dramatic scene after house collapses in affluent street in Kingston 05 Apr 2017
28/03/2017 - Borrowers urged to fix their mortgage fast as rising inflation could soon spell the end of super low interest rates 28 Mar 2017
22/03/2017 - House prices see 1.3% monthly surge 22 Mar 2017
09/03/2017 - UK property market growth continues to rise modestly apart from in London 09 Mar 2017
24/02/2017 - House prices go potty! 24 Feb 2017
09/02/2017 - How the Government's Housing White Paper plans will affect you 09 Feb 2017
08/02/2017 - How to flood proof your home: We visit 'Resilient House' with latest defences to help protect against expensive water damage 08 Feb 2017
30/01/2017 - Homeowners taking advantage of cheap remortgage deals 30 Jan 2017
25/01/2017 - Analysis: Stamp duty is killing the housing market and harming the economy 25 Jan 2017
11/01/2017 - Mapped: Which London neighbourhoods have seen the biggest house prices rise since the crash? 11 Jan 2017
09/01/2017 - January sees largest fall in BTL products since 2009 09 Jan 2017
04/01/2017 - 'Thousands' of Starter Homes to be built in 2017 04 Jan 2017


25/01/2017 - Analysis: Stamp duty is killing the housing market and harming the economy
Edwardian housing on Harlesden Gardens, Harlesden, London, UK
Stamp duty makes it harder to move - harming the economy
Stamp duty has come under fire again this week, from the chief executive of one of the world’s biggest property groups. 

Christian Ulbrich, global chief executive of Jones Lang LaSalle, said that the tax distorts the market and penalises landlords and second homeowners while at the same time aggravating the fundamental problem - a lack of supply. 

His remarks are just the latest evidence that stamp duty is having an adverse effect on many aspects of the housing market and the wider economy. 

Stamp duty prevents new development

Mr Ulbrich claims that the tax makes it “prohibitive” to build more houses. Lack of buyer affordability filters through to developers, he argues.

According to Lloyds Bank, sales to home-movers with mortgages fell year-on-year in 2016 for the first time since 2011. 

Source: 25/01/2017