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Readers back higher Stamp Duty threshold

A massive 86% of Mortgage Strategy Online readers want the chancellor to increase the minimum Stamp Duty threshold in the Budget. First-time buyers need all the help they can get following the demise of 125% LTV deals.

This week, Mortgage Strategy asks: “Will a code of conduct for packagers help them improve their service to brokers?”

Q: Should the chancellor increase the minimum Stamp Duty threshold in the Budget?

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