Government challenged to sort out housing market
Ruth Matthews, 15th July 2012
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Countrywide thinks working with the housing industry should be at the top of the government’s agenda, and that helping buyers, tenants and landlords will fuel economic growth in the UK.
Grenville Turner, Chief Executive of Countrywide, said: “The total tax proceeds foregone due to the current shortage of housing supply and low transaction levels is in excess of £7 billion a year.“
Mr Turner added: “More houses at the right price are needed in the right places.
“By the end of 2012, there will be 400,000 more households in the UK than there has been housing built ; however no comprehensive Government plan of action is in place to contend with this.”
The group believes property tax and investment need to be aligned. The current tax take from stamp duty is almost four times as much as the annual spend on building affordable housing.
Mr Turner added: “Stamp duty for sub-£250,000 properties should be removed in order to boost housing market activity at a time where higher deposits are required to obtain a mortgage, as only 13% of Stamp Duty comes from properties worth less than £250,000.”
“House prices must be aligned with wage inflation and deflation, as excessive levels of house price volatility only benefits a small proportion of homeowners and undermines the confidence of lenders.”
The full report can be seen here
 Source: Hamptons International Research.
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