Nationwide in new Stamp Duty offer to FTBs

Nationwide Building Society has revealed details of a new stamp duty offer.

First-time buyers who reserve a mortgage with the mutual will get £1,000 to put towards paying the stamp duty on their property.

The current stamp duty holiday for first-time buyers is due to come to an end on 24 March 2012. Based on the average first-time buyer property of £140,000, borrowers taking their first step onto the housing ladder would need to find an additional £1,400.

The £1,000 cash-back offer is available for a limited time to first-time buyers who hold or open a FlexAccount as their main current account and reserve a mortgage from Nationwide’s range of two, three and five-year fixed rate products from 5 March.

Additionally, first-time buyers saving for at least six months in the society’s Save to Buy account can earn up to an additional £1,000 cash-back, therefore giving qualifying borrowers up to £2,000.

Martyn Dyson, Nationwide’s head of mortgages, said: “The loss of the stamp duty holiday has been a blow for first-time buyers as they now potentially have to save more than a thousand pounds on top of a deposit.