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Londoners saved £1bn on stamp duty holiday

The latest property market analysis by London estate agency has revealed the stamp duty holiday saved London homebuyers over £1bn since uly last year.

Last week, the government released its latest house price index providing the first view of the market in September of this year when the curtain finally fell on the stamp duty holiday.

Agents Benham and Reeves analysed sold price records across nearly 87,000 London property transactions to reveal how much homebuyers saved in stamp duty and which boroughs benefited the most.

The research shows that London homebuyers saved just over of £1bn in stamp duty during the first phase of the stamp duty holiday when the tax was removed on home purchases up to £500K between 8th July 2020 and 30th June 2021.

Wandsworth is the borough where London homebuyers pocketed the biggest stamp duty saving. In total, buyers across the borough saved £65.8m throughout the duration of the holiday, 6.5% of the total saving across London.

Bromley ranks second with a saving of £60.4m, while Lambeth (£47m), Barnet (£46.1m), Croydon (£44.1m), Richmond (£40.8m), Lewisham (£36.5m), Waltham Forest (£36.3m), Havering (£35.8m) and Southwark (£33m) also rank within the top 10.

Director of Benham and Reeves, Marc von Grundherr, commented: “We simply didn’t see the mass hysteria of a potential stamp duty saving grip the London market in the same way it did across the rest of the UK, but despite this, London still saw the second largest saving of all regions in England.

“Much of this saving came during the first stage of the holiday when the threshold was more meaningful to the London market but the capital’s homebuyer still enjoyed the fourth largest saving during the second phase of the scheme.

“This is fairly impressive given the fact that the region was moving at a far slower pace than the rest of the nation and really demonstrates the value of London bricks and mortar, even when the market isn’t firing on all cylinders.

Marc concluded: “When analysing the market by borough the pandemic influence of the last 18 months or so is clear to see. Transactions and, as a result, the total stamp duty saving were far higher across London’s more peripheral boroughs where buyers were able to buy bigger and with more outdoor space.”

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