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Stamp duty break means more in London

The stamp duty holiday has unsurprisingly benefited London the most and had little impact in many other parts of the country, new figures show.

The number of agreed property sales in the capital has increased in recent months, helping to drive up prices in the city. Residential property prices in London jumped at the end of last year, with average values breaking the £500,000 mark, according to official data.

Experts said the rise was driven in part by house hunters rushing to complete transactions before the stamp duty holiday deadline in March. “The stamp duty holiday is a particular benefit in London and is likely to have played a significant part in this strong price growth, as the higher average house prices means that more stamp duty is typically due,” said PwC economist Jamie Durham.

On average in London buyers will save £10,514 on their move if they beat the deadline, research shows. But there is obvious concern that property deals could collapse this spring as prospective buyers who have failed to exchange and complete by the end of the stamp duty holiday walk away.

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