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Our residential conveyancing team comment on related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01616 966 229.

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What are the stamp duty changes and how will they affect me?

Natalie Bradley
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Last year, the government introduced a stamp duty holiday in an attempt to keep the property market moving through the lockdown. The changes meant that some homebuyers were able to to benefit from a £500,000 tax-free threshold, up from £125,000...

New Help to Buy scheme set to be introduced from April 2021

Natalie Bradley
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Launched in 2013, the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme has enabled thousands of people to purchase a new build home with only a small deposit, with up to 20% of the property sale price covered by a government loan, or 40% in London. To...

Why buying or selling a home might take longer than normal

David Baybut
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Under normal circumstances, it is generally accepted that the conveyancing process can take between 6 to 12 weeks to complete, but the process can be complicated by many factors, including now, the pandemic. When it comes to buying or selling a home,...

House moves to resume

Natalie Bradley
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After 7 weeks of restrictions, it was announced yesterday, that from Wednesday 13th May house moves can resume if the ‘step by step guidance’ outlined by the Housing Secretary is followed. The public have been told that moving home...

Did you take advantage of the Help to Buy equity loan? Are you about to start paying interest?

Natalie Waddington
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In April 2013 the UK government released a scheme that would help first time buyers and home movers onto the property ladder by making homes more affordable. The scheme allows buyers to purchase a property with the assistance of the equity loan which...

Eight reasons why you might want to purchase the freehold of your property

Natalie Bradley
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There are an estimated 4 million leasehold properties in the UK. As long as eligibility criteria are met, legislation makes it possible to buy your freehold. With a flat you are buying a share of the freehold and 50% of the other tenants would need to...

How can first time buyers get onto the property ladder amid rising house prices?

Natalie Bradley
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The latest house price data compiled by the Land Registry, showed an average annual house price increase of 2.2% in December, with all regions of the UK experiencing an uplift. The surge in house prices over the last few months can often be frustrating...

Homebuyers and owners warned that Japanese Knotwood is spreading as a result of flooding

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In December last year it was reported that England had had its fifth wettest autumn on record. Following these reports prospective buyers are being warned to be extra vigilant when looking to purchase a property that is close to a watercourse or has...

Have you protected your home against fraudsters?

Rebecca Fletcher
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The ongoing fight against fraud is often at the forefront of our minds when it comes to banking, credit cards and, more recently, cybercrime. However, we don’t always think about property fraud and how criminals have sold or mortgaged properties...

Caveat emptor - just more legal jargon to confuse a house buyer?

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Simply put, no. Whilst the phrase itself does derive from Latin origins, that is as flamboyant as it gets and it translates to “let the buyer beware”.  It applies to all property transactions, which are contractual agreements....

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