The conversation around stamp duty and its effects on the market proved still be of high importance this week, as Just Mortgage's John Philips' suggestion to scrap the tax was the most read article.
Otherwise, it was the increase in buy-to-let products and a report criticising the Help to Buy scheme which were among the top stories according to our readers.
Penalised professionals were also the focus as other top stories included a landlord being handed record penalties for illegally converting properties, while the Financial Ombudsman ordered Legal & General to refund a client after it was found to have given ‘unsuitable’ remortgage advice.
Scrapping stamp duty is only way to quickly rebuild housing market – Phillips
L&G ordered to refund client for giving ‘unsuitable’ remortgage advice
Dodgy landlord handed record penalties
Buy-to-let mortgage rates fall as product numbers continue to swell
MPs release scathing evaluation of help-to-buy priorities
House price falls spread as growth hits lowest level since 2012 – ONS
Sainsbury’s looks to sell £1.4bn mortgage book – reports
Hackney high-rise residents locked in by £0 valuation
MP calls for Persimmon to hand over new-build freeholds for no charge
Landlords on SVRs are ‘nervous about coming forward to remortgage’ – Montlake