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Property: From holidays to free furniture, Metro finds the hottest home-buying incentives around

THANKS to the stamp duty holiday, running until the end of March next year, we can now save up to £15,000 when buying a home, as this tax only becomes payable on transactions above £500,000, compared with £125,000 previously (£300,000 for first-time buyers).

But beyond the stamp duty savings, there are further bargains to be bagged as house builders offer discounts, interior upgrades and other deals in a bid to get specific properties or entire sites sold.

And if a particular incentive doesn’t suit you, it’s always worth asking whether there’s an alternative, too.


Gabriel Square, St Albans, AL1

From £965,000

Five, four-bed townhouses are ready to move into, with six more to be released in the next phase of St Albans’ first garden square development (main picture). Developer Meyer Homes is currently paying the stamp duty bill and putting up to £1,000 towards legal fees, that’s a saving of more than £26,000.


Noma Apartments, Isleworth TW7

From £415,000

Moments from Isleworth station, these luxury one-bed apartments (inset) are a cut above your average starter pads as they sit in landscaped riverside gardens and have spacious balconies with great views and generously sized kitchen/living/dining spaces. Legal fees up to £2,000 and a furniture pack worth £8,000 are currently on offer.


Birch Meadow, Barkway, SG8

From £674,950

Move to one of the four or five-bedroom detached houses at Birch Meadow and you can put your garden on the best-dressed list, as Storey Homes is offering £5,000 to splurge on outdoor furniture, shrubs and accessories such as barbecue equipment. Homes have sunny, south-facing gardens, accessed via sizeable kitchen/dining/family rooms.


Lime Quarter, Bow E3

From £540,000

Linden Homes is giving away furniture packs worth up to £10,000 to buyers of selected two-bed apartments with balconies, allowing them to fully kit out their home before they move in. Canary Wharf’s a ten-minute commute from Bromley-by-Bow Tube station.


SO Resi Ealing, W13

From £105,000 for a 25 per cent share of £420,000

Anyone reserving a light-filled, one or two-bed shared ownership apartment by August 31 has no rent to pay for six months on the portion they don’t own, potentially saving more than £4,100. You can find out all about shared ownership by tuning into SO Resi’s new three-part webinar series, starting this Thursday at 1pm, via its Facebook page


Waterside Quarter, Maidenhead SL6

From £300,000

Live by the water for less by snapping up a one, two or three-bed apartment next to a rejuvenated waterway in the heart of the town. All have large, open-plan kitchen/living areas with integrated appliances, and most come with an underground parking space. Buyers are currently offered a six-month mortgage holiday, saving as much as £6,000.


Dash, Hoxton, N1

From £690,000

Reserve a one or two-bed apartment during the weekend of August 8-9 and you’ll be given £20,000 to spend with interior designers Dapa on furniture, lighting, wall and window upgrades. Homes also come with a year’s car club membership and residents can enjoy views of London’s skyline from the roof terrace, complete with a herb garden.


London Square Tadworth Gardens, KT20

From £299,950

One-bed apartments and three and four-bed houses, set among tree-lined avenues and landscaped gardens, are available at this leafy scheme near Epsom. Buyers reserving selected plots by September 30 will have lots to look forward to as they’ll receive a £5,000 holiday voucher with bespoke holiday firm Travel Counsellors, valid for two years.


Ash Lodge Park, Ash, GU12

From £484,950

You’ll need to move fast when buying one of the remaining three-bed family houses as Bewley’s generous Colours incentive is only available on reservations until the end of July. Tailored options are provided, such as a year’s mortgage subsidy and a £1,000 voucher for a garden centre or bike or a monthly bouquet of flowers.