What to consider when buying a second property

There are plenty of things to consider if you’re looking to buy a second property. Stamp duty, mortgage tax relief and the impact of Brexit are just some of the impacts you will need to bear in mind when buying a second home, a holiday home or a buy-to-let this year.

Think about the location. Infrastructural changes have a direct effect with property prices as well as local amenities, roads, schools and shops. For example, Surrey’s school expansion plan will have a positive effect on property prices in the area.

You have two options when buying a second property – through equity or a buy-to-let mortgage.

You could remortgage your current home and use the equity released to put down a deposit for the second property or alternatively buy it outright. However, you will need to prove that you can afford the repayments on two mortgages.

When you buy a second property, there is an extra 3% charge to the standard rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax which works out as follows:

  • 3 per cent on the first £125,000
  • 5 per cent on the portion between £125,000 to £250,000
  • 8 per cent on the portion between £250,000 to £925,000
  • 13 per cent on the portion between £925,000 to £1.5 million
  • 15 per cent on anything over £1.5 million

If you’re looking for a second property in Surrey then take a look at our varied selection or contact us and our experienced team will guide you through the process.