THE stamp duty holiday is ending and if you’ve not had an offer accepted on a property then it is likely that you will have to pay the additional tax. 

House sales are currently taking on average 126 days to complete, that’s more than four months, according to the latest statistics from Rightmove. 

With just 54 days until the March 31 deadline, it is unlikely anyone who hasn’t had an offer accepted already will be able to avoid paying stamp duty tax. 

Tim Bannister, director of property data at Rightmove said:

“There are still a huge number of sales agreed in 2020 that are stuck in the processing logjam and awaiting legal completion, with many hoping to beat the impending tax deadline. 

"For those who fail to do so, there may be difficulties if they have factored the tax savings into their budget calculations.”

Don’t let the end of the stamp duty holiday deter you from moving house or getting on the property ladder - ensure you factor in the additional cost when finding your dream home. 

Using a stamp duty tax calculator it is easy to find out how much extra you’ll have to pay, we’ve used one from London and Country Mortgages. 

Here’s how much stamp duty you will have to pay on these homes under £500,000 in Swindon: 

Highworth Road, Stratton St. Margaret,  SN3


Swindon Advertiser:

This stunning five-bedroom home on Highworth Road in Stratton St Margaret is currently on the market for £500,000. 

If you are not a first time buyer and this wouldn't be a second home or rental property then you would have to pay an additional £15,000 in stamp duty tax.

This gorgeous detached property is laid out over two storeys and boasts many characterful features including high ceilings and fireplaces. 

Outside there is scope for extension, subject to planning, in the large rear gardens.

There is also driveway parking with a garage as well as a number of outbuildings.

Find out more on Zoopla.

Shrivenham, Swindon SN6


Swindon Advertiser:

This iconic Grade II listed thatched cottage is currently on the market for £400,000 and the total stamp duty for this property is £10,000 - which is payable within two weeks of the sale. 

Inside, the property boasts a host of characterful features including a galleried hallway, an open fire and more. 

The historic property has been granted planning permission for a rear extension. 

Outside there is a private driveway, large garden and an out-house with power. 

If you're interested in this property visit Zoopla.

Orlando Close, Grange Park, SN5


Swindon Advertiser:

The guide price for this four-bedroom home in Grange Park is £300,000 which means the buyer would pay an additional £5,000 in stamp duty. 

The detached house is in immaculate condition and boasts an 18-foot lounge and converted garage.

There are four good-sized bedrooms and the master boasts an en-suite.

To the rear there is a good-sized garden as well as driveway parking at the front. 

It is on the market with Purple Bricks, visit Zoopla for more.

Elm Road, Swindon, SN2


Swindon Advertiser:

If you buy a property for £250,000 like this semi-detached house on Elm Road then the stamp duty tax would cost you £2,500. 

This five-bedroom property is set back from the main road and offers a large driveway for multiple cars and a substantial garden. 

Available through Richard James, visit Zoopla for more information.

Rayfield Grove, Swindon SN2


Swindon Advertiser:

Buyers of this three-bedroom terrace on the market for £200,000 would need to pay an extra £1,500 in stamp duty tax.

The property itself has three good-sized bedrooms, kitchen and separate lounge plus a dining room and  family bathroom. 

For more information visit Zoopla.