Relaunched in May with virtual tours and full PPE viewing, a mini-boom is now predicted for the UK property industry thanks to a range of government initiatives, the Express reports. The main driving force behind record interest from buyers is a stamp duty holiday on the first £500,000 for homes in England and Northern Ireland, with similar initiatives in Scotland and Wales, with no tax on homes up to £250,000. Alan Cleary from OneSavings Bank says: "With the continued uncertainty around how the UK economy will recover from the pandemic, and the possibility of a second wave, [factors including further extensions to Help to Buy] will play a part in how the market shapes up in the coming months." The FT speculates regions catering to workers in more insecure jobs or to those who rely on high loan-to-value mortgages may see a fall in property prices.
Financial Times (20/08/2020) Daily Express (20/08/2020)