Rush to purchase buy-to-lets before SDLT surcharge

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Rush to purchase buy-to-lets before SDLT surcharge Rush to purchase buy-to-lets before SDLT surcharge31st March 20160495 Views Estate agents report that there has been a significant increase in the number of buy-to-let investors attempting to push sales through before this Friday’s stamp duty deadline.Landlord investors are naturally keen to beat the 1st April deadline, after which they will pay an additional 3 per cent above existing stamp duty rates on buying a buy-to-let property.Some 85 per cent of estate agents reported an increase in the number of buy-to-let investors looking beat the stamp duty changes on second homes in February as demand for housing hit a 12-year high, with an average 463 house hunters registered per member branch, according to the NAEA.Mark Hayward, Managing Director of the NAEA, commented, “It is evident from February’s report findings that we’ve seen a real sense of urgency from landlords trying to complete on sales ahead of the stamp duty reforms. However, the mounting pressure and increased demand for housing has meant that first time buyers have had to compete with landlords for property and as a result they have lost out.”Many housing market analysts expect the new buy-to-let tax measures to dampen demand for buy-to-let investments in the near term, while there is every chance that some landlords will opt to sell up ahead of the changes being introduced.But if there are fewer buy-to-let properties available as a result of the tax changes, as well as concerns over Brexit and global economic uncertainty, thereby creating a squeeze on the market, there is every chance that this could result in higher rental rates as landlords seek to compensate for increased costs.“If investors and landlords are put off purchasing new buy-to-let properties, this can affect the supply of properties in the rental market which is likely to push rents up,” said Wayne Treveil, CEO of Tenants Plus.Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research found that rents are set to rise by 28 per cent over the next 10 years on the back of greater demand. By 2026 some 7.2million households in England and Wales are estimated to be privately rented; this is around two thirds more than now.“Given the continued imbalance of demand and supply in residential housing, and the growing population in the UK the rentals market will continue to offer relatively strong returns to investors,” said Marcus Whewell (right), CEO of The Guild of Professional Estate Agents.landlord investors stamp duty deadline buy-to-let investors SDLT surcharge 2016-03-31The Negotiator Related articles City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 First-time buyers, not Stamp Duty, now driving market says leading agency29th April 2021 Lettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdown29th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Hauser Center earns LEED Silver certification

first_imgThe Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations became the first LEED-certified project at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) when it achieved a LEED Silver certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) version 2.0 rating system on Sept. 2, 2010. It is the 35th LEED-certified project at Harvard.The Hauser Center moved into its current location in Belfer Hall after it was renovated in 2009. The center moved from its previous off-campus location to facilitate more interaction between students and Hauser Center employees. The center staff and facility leaders took the opportunity to improve the office space’s energy efficiency. The offices were renovated with a mind toward creating a welcoming, comfortable work environment, with offices exposed to natural light and outfitted with energy-efficient appliances. Additional ventilation was installed, all rooms are equipped with motion sensors, and all new equipment is certified as Energy Star.“Redesigning the Hauser Center with an eye towards efficiency was a win-win. Reusing existing furniture and minimizing new construction by repurposing existing spaces presented opportunities to creatively shape our environment. This process resulted in significant cost savings, greater teamwork between Hauser staff and facilities, as well as dynamic integration of new and historic design elements,” said Hauser Center Executive Director Aviva Luz Argote. “Our work environment has improved dramatically. I was intent that every one working at the center should have access to natural light – in contrast to our previous work space where many people worked in spaces devoid of any day lighting.”last_img read more