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Help Stamp Out Stamp Duty

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 […]

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Flood Report

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 […]

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SearchPlus Protection

Fridaysmove are now offering  SearchPlus Protection – if for any reason your home purchase aborts, searches on the alternative property you buy completely FREE.

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Equity Loans – understanding how they work

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.

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Shared Ownership Solicitors

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 […]

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Joint ownership – a straightforward guide

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 […]

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Most common property defects encountered by Derek Porter

  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 […]

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Greening The Laughs programme created to reduce Leicester carbon footprint

  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 […]

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Former Council-owned properties in London

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. 

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Northampton Waterside now designated Enterprise Zone

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 […]

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Stewart Sherman – 10 most common Survey problems identified

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 […]

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Former public Toilet sold at Birmingham Property Auction – No Chain!

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 […]

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