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Institutional investors, housing developers face "negative impact" of Scottish SDLT replacement, says expert

The first rates set for the Scottish's government's new tax on the sale or lease of property result in institutional commercial property investors being "significant losers", while buyers of averagely-priced homes in Scotland will benefit, an expert has said.... 10 Oct 2014

'Second charge' mortgage regulation to be tightened as part of FCA's approach to new mortgage credit rules

'Second charge' mortgages, which allow consumers to borrow against the value of their home, in addition to an existing 'first charge' mortgage, are to be brought within the existing regime for regulated mortgage contracts, the UK's Financial Conduct Authority... 29 Sep 2014

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Energy and Climate Change Committee: new incentives needed to encourage energy efficiency improvements

The UK government should consider new incentives, such as stamp duty or council tax discounts, if it is to encourage more householders to carry out energy efficiency improvement work on their properties funded through the Green Deal, a committee of MPs has... 26 Sep 2014

'Aspirational' report on future of Scottish housing highlights existing policy weaknesses, says expert

The amount of development land going through the Scottish planning system should be doubled by 2016 as part of a package of measures to increase the country's "inadequate and elastic" supply of housing, according to an industry report. 05 Aug 2014

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