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All homebuyers should support the Stamp Out Stamp Duty campaign just launched by the Taxpayers Alliance. Their campaign has just been launched with the aim of getting this unfair property tax abolished. Stamp Duty Land Tax (to give it its full name) is calculated on the purchase price of homes and has to be paid […]
Dispelling the myth around flood risk There are a number of misconceptions about the risk of flooding in the UK. Given the increasing occurrence of flooding across the country, we address some of these misconceptions below: “The property is on a hill” Access to and from the property could still be an issue. Surface water […]
Fridaysmove are now offering SearchPlus Protection – if for any reason your home purchase aborts, searches on the alternative property you buy completely FREE.
New homes are often advertised with Equity Loans being available to approved buyers, under the FirstBuy scheme. Equity loans offer an alternative to the Shared Ownership scheme for people having difficulty buying a home buying a home, by providing a top-up loan of up to 20% of the price.
Shared Ownership Conveyancing explained Shared Ownership Conveyancing can sometimes appear unnecessarily complicated to homebuyers. Your Conveyancing Solicitor will ask if you are intending to own the property as joint tenants or tenants in common – but as you are buying a property, not renting it, what does all this talk of being tenants mean? Likewise […]
If you use a footpath or access way over someone else’s land to get to your home, you could lose the right of way to your own front door!
When two or more people buy a home together, they must decide which one of the two forms of co-ownership they want to use. This is a straightforward guide to help buyers choose which is suitable for them. A Conveyancing Solicitor will advise on which is appropriate, but this should help you make a […]
Derek Porter has been a qualified chartered surveyor since 1975. With some 37 years of experience he has earned the much coveted Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). With such a wealth of experience we had to ask him about some of the things he has encountered during is time in […]
Compulsory registration was not extended to the rest of the country for many years which leaves some properties in Oxford still unregistered.
Many properties in the centre of Oxford are flats that may be bought on a long lease. But, when there are two or more separate dwellings within a building, a leasehold arrangement is usually in place.
You can increase the pace of a house purchase if you contact a Conveyancing Solicitor as soon as you start looking. This is so that your lawyer can carry out procedures such as ID checks at the earliest stage.
When selling your home in Oxford, we recommend that you instruct a Conveyancing Solicitor as soon as you put the property on the market.
Environmental Issues are a concern for all but in Leicester they have the “Greening The Laughs” programme, led by the Leicester Comedy Festival and Leicester City Council, has been nominated for an award for it. The programme exists to lower the carbon footprint of the annual Leicester Comedy Festival. It is very unique and […]
Many homes in London were former council properties which have subsequently been sold to sitting tenants. When councils sell under the statutory discount scheme, various provisions will automatically be incorporated in any transfer made pursuant to the Act.
The government has named a series of ‘enterprise zones’ designed to rebuild and shape local economies throughout the UK; amongst the new zones is the Northampton Waterside. The zones will benefit from discounts on business rates, new super-fast broadband, lower levels of planning control and the potential to use enhanced capital allowances; the overall objective […]
Stewart Sherman is a Chartered Surveyor with over 16 years experience of surveying in the UK. We asked Stewart about the 10 most common problems he finds whilst conducting surveys: His answers were as follows: Damp Wet Rot Dry Rot Flat roof failure Asbestos Cast iron rainwater goods High ground levels Unlined roofs Leaking hot […]
I recently had the opportunity to ask the uber-experienced chartered surveyor ‘Laurie Gavanagh a few questions about some of the things he has noted in his 25 years on the job.
As part of our series of articles looking into the regional and most common issues encountered by surveyors, we asked Scott about his top 10 survey horrors
A public toilet in Icknield Street in Hockley has been sold at a Birmingham Property Auction for the seemingly ‘potty’ sum of £50, 000. However, a number of more conventional properties failed to reach the reserve, presenting an excellent opportunity for astute Auction buyers. The toilet went for £20, 000 above the guide price; however […]