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scottfraser Blog: Immigration Act 2014 in Pilot Scheme

December 08, 2014


scottfraser Blog: Immigration Act 2014...

The Immigration Act 2014, among other things, requires private residential Landlords to keep a regular check on the immigration status of their prospective, and ongoing, tenants. Failure to do so could lead to a civil penalty of up to £3000 per illegal occupant.





Agreeable Change in Stamp Duty

December 04, 2014


Agreeable Change in Stamp Duty

David Blythman, scottfraser Managing Director, takes a look at the agreeable change in stamp duty brought about in the Autumn Statement.





Autumn Statement: Stamp Duty Reforms

December 03, 2014


Autumn Statement: Stamp Duty Reforms

Today’s Autumn Statement from the Chancellor has prompted a shift in the way in which Stamp Duty is calculated. Stamp Duty Land Tax, charged on the purchase of any property, has been traditionally calculated as a single percentage of a purchase price above £125,000.

 

However, from midnight tonight (3.12.14), the calculation will be reflective of the proportion of the purchase price that falls in to different price bandings, as below.

 





scottfraser Blog: How to get ahead of the New Year market

December 01, 2014


scottfraser Blog: How to get ahead of...

Following on from a successful October the housing market shows no sign of slowing up with November proving another busy month. With Christmas rapidly approaching and the nights’ drawing in people could be forgiven for thinking the housing market will slow down. This is definitely a common misconception and certainly not the case in Oxford.





November Market Comment from the Managing Director

November 10, 2014


November Market Comment from the...

October was a great month with above target sales in all scottfraser locations.

Despite lower viewing levels and fewer fresh enquiries, the buyers that were actively looking were serious. We agreed secure sales on correctly priced new to the market properties and existing properties on which we had arranged price adjustments. We see this trend continuing into the New Year and are not anticipating the usual seasonal slowdown. Committed sellers of sensibly priced properties will be moving house!

Sellers of properties that have stalled on the market with other agents should contact us now for a free appraisal of their homes and a re-energised, pro-active marketing strategy.





scottfraser Blog: Solving the housing shortage

November 03, 2014


scottfraser Blog: Solving the housing...

This week David Edwards, executive director for Oxford regeneration, spoke out after weeks of traffic problems due to major road works in the city. He warns that the traffic chaos in Oxford will only continue to get worse, as the demands on the city’s existing housing grows. ‘Most people will continue to work in the city and if they don’t live in the city too, everybody’s journeys will only get worse’, he said.





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