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21Sep 2018
Are first time buyers really benefiting from stamp duty reform?

Last year Chancellor, Philip Hammond, pledged to help out first time buyers with the introduction of stamp duty cuts but how far has this actually gone? How much has it helped first time buyers in the last year? According to the Spring Statement in March, 60,000 first time buyers have benefited from the stamp duty […]

06Aug 2018
Land Charges Record - Big 5 Year Plan

As of last year, HM Land Registry (HMLR) has been committed to digitising its services as part of a five-year business strategy. The aim is to make services quicker, easier and more cost effective. By 2022, HMLR hopes to digitise and automate 95% of daily transactions. It really is a digital overhaul meaning that it […]

02Jul 2018
Sinkholes –– how do they affect you and your property?

Sinkholes. It’s not something you normally think about is it? Whilst sinkholes are a rarity they do occur and have been doing so more and more over the last four years. In between 1st January 2014 to 9th October 2017, 257 sinkholes have formed around Britain, making it a rate of about 1 a week. […]

04Jun 2018
Could you be a victim of a property scam?

Summer is a time when many of us consider selling and buying property.  It’s the perfect opportunity to start over and whether you are upsizing or downsizing, a perfect time for change but not a time to become a victim. We all think we’re immune to becoming the victim of an online scam but the […]

15May 2018
Things you need to know about the Spring Statement 2018

Every year when Spring starts we are given an update on the overall health of the economy by the Chancellor. As well as this, we are also given the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts so we, as the public, can see an update on any progress since the Autumn budget. This year’s statement provided a […]

12Apr 2018
What Does an Indemnity Mean?

If you are buying or selling a property the conveyancing process can get complicated and there are all sorts of problems that can arise. While many of these can be relatively minor, they can cause the mortgage lender to delay in releasing funds and moving the process forward. Indemnity insurance can help ensure that everything […]

12Mar 2018
Are micro homes the answer to the UK's housing problem?

Viral videos promoting this new fad have been circulating the internet for the past year or so but the question is; do micro homes really serve a purpose in today’s UK housing market? First of all, what is a micro home? Whilst they do vary in size, a common description is a home that measures […]

12Feb 2018
Should we accept technology takeover for Mortgages?

Once upon a time signing mortgage deeds was a long, hassling process but now some companies are claiming you can complete an application in as little as 15 minutes. So, how is this possible? The move to paperless mortgage deeds is finally happening this year in the public sector. The idea of digital mortgages has […]

17Jan 2018
HM Land Registry Removes Cost for Commercial Ownership Data

In the government’s commitment to creating a digital economy, as of the 7th November 2017, HM Land Registry has made commercial ownership data completely free. The data includes, commercial ownership, corporate ownership and overseas companies’ ownership. So, how does all this work? HM Land Registry holds all data on land or property in England and […]

11Dec 2017
Building more houses: Answer to the UK's housing crisis?

The week that was, the Autumn Budget.  Philip Hammond has outlined his £44 billion package of investment, loans and guarantees to increase the annual amount of homes built. But, the question is, does building more homes automatically equal a more fruitful and sustainable housing market for the UK? In the lead up to the budget […]