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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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Tue 04 Sep 2012

Have squatters rights finally been abolished?

The new law criminalising squatting in people’s homes has certainly hit the headlines over the last few days. Despite much trumpeting by government ministers about how it will benefit homeowners, it seems that I am not the only one to question how much this law will help change things.

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Mon 03 Sep 2012

Could home owners on regeneration estates face compulsory purchase threat?

 

Residents threatened with the compulsory purchase of their homes have criticised plans for the regeneration of the Heygate estate in the Elephant & Castle district of south-east London. Many people who have bought flats and houses on council-owned estates elsewhere could be facing similar threats in the not-too-distant future.

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Sun 02 Sep 2012

Fridaysmove Survey Challenge launches

Earlier in 2012, Fridaysmove carried out a survey on a property in London which revealed a number of issues which in total cost over £40, 000 to fix.

Needless to say this significant sum came as a shock for the purchaser who subsequently renegotiated the price of the property to reflect the estimated cost of repair.

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