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Estate agents ‘worried about propertyless Budget implications’

UK estate agents are split when it comes to their opinion on last week’s Budget, with half concerned about a lack of direct focus on the housing market and some warning it could impact sales activity.

A survey of more than 500 estate agents, commissioned by comparison website GetAgent, found 59% think that the property market should have been more of a focus in last week’s spring Budget. 

With Help to Buy no longer an option, a new buyer incentive was top of the wish list for those working within the sector in order to ensure demand remains robust over the year ahead. 


A reform of Stamp Duty was also high on the list of what they believed should have been included, along with tax incentives for landlords, housebuilding support and the reintroduction of tax relief for married couples. 

As a result, the sector was broadly unhappy about what it could mean for the market over the year ahead. 

Half stated that they were worried that a lack of housing focus in the Budget could now cause a decline in buyer and seller activity. 

However, just 46% expressed concerns that a potential decline in market activity could lead to a dip in house prices this year. 

Mal McCallion, chief operating officer for GetAgent.co.uk,  said: “Although the market has cooled in recent months, 2023 has been less chilly than many predicted, with an air of optimism as buyers and sellers continue to transact and house prices have remained largely resolute. 

“Of course, many across the industry were hoping that the chancellor might boost the future health of the housing market in last week’s Budget, just to ensure that any potential dip in market activity was offset early. 

“Unfortunately, this didn’t materialise. Viewed one way this can be considered good news - the Government relies heavily on housing market performance as a barometer of wider economic success and they clearly feel that no help is currently needed.

“However, whilst the industry remains largely unhappy about Jeremy Hunt’s propertyless Budget, the majority feel that the market will stand strong and any significant decline in property values will be avoided.”

What area of focus do you think should have been included?              
  Answer Ranking              
  Buyer incentives e.g. Help to Buy, shared ownership or gradual homeownership 1st              
  Stamp duty reform 2nd              
  Tax incentives for landlords 3rd              
  Housebuilding support 4th              
  Reintroducing tax relief for married couples 5th              
  Relaxation of mortgage stress tests 6th              
  Incentivising downsizers 7th              
  Relaxation of anti-money laundering regulations 8th
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    The long-term health of the property market requires a greater focus on the supply-side of the equation. Planning reform, the weakening of the power of NIMBYism, expansion in vocational skills relating to the construction industry and a reduction in the oligopoly power of the major building firms are just some of the measures needed to try to ensure that the supply of housing keeps pace with population growth and improves the quality of the UK's residential stock over time.


    It needs less people
    I do not want the homes of our wildlife destroyed for houses
    This has been there home for centuries


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