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10 things advisers want from the Budget

6 Stamp duty changes

Stamp duty is often touted as a burden on the housing market which slows down transactions and stops older homeowners from downsizing.

Ms Leyland said: "It would be good to see some sort of stamp duty relief for homeowners who are downsizing, particularly those at or near retirement who need to repay a mortgage.

"We know there's a huge problem with people continuing mortgages into retirement and this would be one, albeit small, way the government could help."

But Martin Stewart, director of the Money Group, disagreed, claiming the property market had "had enough steroid injections" to see it through the next 12 months.

7 No big tax hikes

Mr Bamford said: "First budgets in a new parliament are often a time for tax raising measures, as there's plenty of time to recover public opinion.

"With the middle classes already facing a high tax burden, I hope any higher taxes will be relatively gentle."

8 First-time buyer help

First-time buyer numbers have been on the up over the past few years, especially outside the capital.

But Ms Drakard said more needed to be done. She said: "I still think first-time buyers need more help to get on the ladder.

"Owning your own home is a key stone of financial stability and legacy long-term."

9 Loosen up on landlords

Nick Morrey, product technical manager at John Charcol, said he would like to see the fiscal burden on landlords reduced. 

Buy-to-let borrowers have taken a beating over the past few years as a number of changes hit their pockets.

Mr Morrey said: "We would really like to see the stamp duty [surcharge] burden for landlords reduced or eliminated.  

"This has been a considerable factor in the reduction of rental properties in recent years, which will force rents up and hinder first-time buyers."

10 Solving property problems

Mortgage prisoners (those trapped on high rates when there are cheaper rates available elsewhere) and cladding on new-build flats are both causing "immense issues" in the housing sector, according to Mr Stewart.

He said: "I would like to see the government tackle [these issues].

"While I do not propose a 'bailing out' as such, there needs to be some coherent, cohesive and collaborative thinking to what is clearly a current problem that has no viable solution."

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