Cornwall Living

Pick of the Crop

We take a look at the property market in the county with Jonathan Cunliffe, Director of Residential at Savills Cornwall.

We all love flicking through the property pages of the newspaper and imagining our dream home.

Perhaps you’re looking for a complete change of lifestyle with a slower pace of life and more of a focus on family time. Or maybe you’re keen to snap up a seaside bolt-hole with a view to renting it out as a holiday let. Whatever your aim, you can rely on the knowledge, ideas and advice from local estate agents to get you started.

Reforms to Stamp Duty, whereby a buyer now pays tax on the sale amount over a set level of £125,000, were introduced in late 2014. There are savings across the board until you hit a sale value of £937,500 where the new and old amounts tally. Above this, you’re paying more.

In Cornwall, where many investments are in cottages and smaller properties for holiday rental, the effect is positive, and even with the uncertainty of a General Election ahead there’s buoyancy, according to data from Savills.

 

 

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