And in Torridge, one in four houses were bought as a second home, according to HMRC data. Last year 21 per cent of properties bought in North Devon and 24 per cent in Torridge were classed as second homes. A total of 860 second homes were purchased across both districts in 2017-18, totalling some £209million in combined sales. Thats despite an extra three per cent stamp duty charge on additional properties, introduced in April 2016 as part of a government effort to deter buy-to-let landlords, property investors and second home owners. The number bought last year in North Devon has increased by 15 per cent since 2016-17, when around 410 second homes were purchased. And in Torridge the jump has been even higher up 34 per cent from 290 second homes.