Mortgage intermediaries want support for buyers

AMI believes the introduction of the following measures would create a more sustainable and buoyant mortgage market in the future:

* Re-Invention of Mortgage Indemnity Guarantee;
* Abolition of Stamp Duty Land Tax;
* Re-introduction of Mortgage Interest Relief at Source;
* Introduction of a Tax-Free Savings account, run by National Savings and Investments, to help those saving for a deposit;
* Abolition of Home Information Packs;
* Return of Real Estate Investment Trust with possible tax breaks.

Robert Sinclair, Director of AMI, said: "The mortgage market has entered uncharted territory. With mortgage funding and consumer confidence reduced, the need for a targeted fiscal stimulus is required immediately. The confidence that once underpinned the mortgage market has been gradually destroyed.

"The mortgage market requires a concerted effort by Government to enable lenders to lend and borrowers to borrow. Without this intervention we risk losing the confidence of a whole set of people who will be denied the benefits enjoyed by previous generations.

"Many consumers are unsure of both the options available to them, and where to turn for true, independent advice. We believe the measures outlined in this paper will support consumers to become home owners."

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