Mixed re­views for state­ment

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

THE Government’s Au­tumn state­ment got mixed re­views from the prop­erty in­dus­try.

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Es­tate Agents was pleased to see no change to Stamp Duty but was dis­ap­pointed to see no ex­tra help for first-time buy­ers.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Master Builders wel­comed con­fir­ma­tion of sup­port to de­vel­op­ers to build 120,000 new homes but chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Berry said: “Ef­forts by the Government to bring for­ward new sites quickly by re­leas­ing pub­lic-sec­tor land and in­vest­ing in in­fra­struc­ture are wel­come, but too of­ten th­ese mea­sures don’t ben­e­fit smaller house builders.

“The fund­ing needs to be read­ily avail­able for use on smaller-scale de­vel­op­ments.”

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