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UK mortgage lending hits record amid stamp duty rush – The Guardian

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Mortgage borrowing in the UK has reached its highest level since modern records began as buyers rushed to beat the now-extended stamp duty holiday deadline.
Bank of England figures showed that Rishi Sunaks decision in the budget to extend the tax break until June did not dampen a burst of activity in the housing market in March.
Although the number of new mortgage approvals dropped from 87,000 to 83,000 in March, they remained higher than the 73,000 recorded in February 2020, the last month before…

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