- Nearly half a million (464,700) first-time buyers have benefited from over £1.1 billion of tax duty relief since the First Time Buyers’ Relief was introduced in November 2017, each saving on average £2,387.
- Zero tax is charged to first-time buyers on purchases between £125,000 and £300,000, which account for 77% of benefiting purchases. The standard 5% SDLT (stamp duty land tax) is charged between £300,000 and £500,000. All sales under £125,000 are exempt from taxation.
- 62,800 first-time buyers benefited from the scheme in the final quarter of 2019, the highest quarterly number since its inception, as first-time buyer numbers hit record levels in 2019.
- Across Wales all purchasers purchasing a property with a value of less than £180,000 are eligible for Land Transaction Tax Relief. This will undoubtedly include the vast majority of first-time buyers, as the average price of a first-time buyer property across the country is £149,000.
- The government have recently announced plans for a First Home Scheme, whereby local buyers would benefit from a 30% market price reduction on the price of their first home.