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Record number of property sales exceed IHT nil-rate band

A record proportion of properties sold in 2016 to date exceeded the inheritance tax (IHT) nil-rate band limit of £325,000.

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Home ownership falls to 1986 levels

Purchasing your first property? Home ownership has seen its sharpest fall since the early 2000s.

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Property wealth outstrips pension savings for many

Planning your retirement? 46% of over 45s see their property wealth as a key part of achieving their retirement income.

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Increase in private renter satisfaction

Satisfied with your rental property? Private renters’ satisfaction with their tenancies has increased over the last 10 years.

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Annexe amendment added to Finance Bill

Purchasing an 'annexe' liable for SDLT? A proposed amendment to the Finance Bill will remove the annexe tax when applied to purchasing a second property.

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Half a million Help to Buy ISAs opened

Purchasing your first property? Over 500,000 people have opened a Help to Buy ISA.

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Household income at record high

The average household income has risen to £473 a week - its highest level on record and £800 a year more than in 2013/14.

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Average rent growth slows in May

Renting a home? Average rent for homes across England and Wales is now at £792 per month, an increase of 1.8% over the last 12 months.

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Capital gains tax exclusion top concern for landlords

According to 63% of landlords, the decision to maintain existing capital gains tax rates on residential property will be their biggest challenge over the next 12 months.

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Landlords return to property market

Following changes to stamp duty land tax from 1 April 2016, landlords are slowly returning to the buy-to-let property market.

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