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Thu 04 Oct 2012

Broadband speed a priority for homebuyers

If you want to sell your home fast, forget painting everywhere magnolia or enticing buyers with the smell of freshly roasted coffee. These days, the trick seems to be a fast broadband connection.

According to a recent survey a survey of 1, 500 homebuyers, carried out by broadbandchoices.co.uk and property expert Henry Pryor, fast broadband is now more important to buyers than having off-street parking or local amenities.

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Wed 03 Oct 2012

Land value tax – one way to remedy the housing crisis?

 

It is clear to most people that there is a housing crisis in the UK. But would a land value tax, as proposed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, help to remedy this? 

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Tue 02 Oct 2012

Would Ed Balls’ stamp duty cut really help the housing market?

A stamp duty cut for first-time homebuyers looks like just another empty promise from Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. Speaking at this year’s Labour Party conference, he said that he would use money from the sale of 4G mobile phone licences to fund a two-year stamp duty holiday for purchases below £250, 000, as well as promising 100, 000 affordable new homes.  

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Thu 27 Sep 2012

CML delivers good news for home buyers and sellers

It looks as if there has been a welcome lift in the housing market over the last few months. Mortgage lending is up, and it seems that more people are able to sell and move home. The government’s NewBuy scheme also continues to attract first-time buyers for newly-built homes.

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Mon 17 Sep 2012

Law Society asks Vince Cable to intervene in Mortgage Lender Row

Cuts in lenders panels could lead to loss of high-street Conveyancing Solicitors 

Mortgage lender panel cuts continue to unnerve conveyancing solicitors. The Law Society has now asked Business secretary Vince Cable to mediate talks between the Society, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the banking regulator and lenders to reach an ‘amicable, long-term solution that is in the best interests of consumers, lenders and solicitors’.

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Mon 10 Sep 2012

Fairhold Homes forced to climb-down on exit fees for retirement-home owners

 

Fees payable by owners of retirement homes who want to sell or sub-let have long been a bone of contention.

So the news is welcome that the Office of Fair Trading has announced an agreement on such fees with Fairhold Homes Ltd. , which owns the freeholds of some 53, 000 retirement homes.  

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Fri 07 Sep 2012

Too Confusing for Consumers - Is the BBC right about Conveyancing fees?

 

So the BBC have suggested that Solicitors' Conveyancing charges, along with having to pay for train station toilets and hospital car parks, is one of the 10 fees that make consumers scratch their heads. Writing in the recent edition of their news magazine, Lucy Townsend dismisses Conveyancing as “the process in which solicitors check information before a house sale” and says fees are “often grudgingly paid".

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Fri 07 Sep 2012

Can the new housing minister revitalise Britains flagging housing industry?

Perhaps being a surveyor will help Mark Prisk in his new job as housing minister.  Following his move from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills as part of David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle he will now be expected to help revitalise Britain’s flagging housing industry.

According to his website his parliamentary interests include “small business and enterprise, urban planning and regeneration” so his new job should certainly suit him.

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Wed 05 Sep 2012

Martin Clunes - the country solicitor

 

Country Solicitors aren’t all old-fashioned 

While watching Martin Clunes on ITV1’s ‘A Mother’s Son’ the other night, I spotted a brief scene purporting to show a Solicitor’s office. Paperwork strewn everywhere, ancient filing cabinets - and not a computer terminal in sight.

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Wed 05 Sep 2012

Are Which? right about DIY lease extension advice?

Are you better-off negotiating a lease extension with your landlord informally, instead of going through the statutory procedures? A recent article on the ‘Which’ site suggested that this was a more civilised way of doing things, as well as a potential way to save money by not needing to instruct a solicitor to negotiate the premium for the new lease.  

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