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The Hidden Costs Of Owning Your Own Property

You researched everything you need to pay in order to buy or sell your new home and budgeted accordingly. Now you’ve completed what else will you need to pay? We have written an extensive guide on potential expenditure you could face after completion. 1. Service Charges Once you have your new house, there are likely […]

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Review Of House Buying, Selling and Rental Markets 2018

The housing market continues to face challenges from affordability constraints These include a lack of homes for sale, economic uncertainty and concerns about forthcoming interest rate rises. Figures come from the September monthly report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Why RICS? Unlike other house price indices, who generally rely on empirical data, […]

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Could This Solve Britain’s Housing Crisis? Three Bed For £65K

Two Yorkshire factories try to tackle the housing crisis with modular two and three bedroom homes. Ready-made homes by Ilke Homes can be constructed in just 36 hours and delivered around the country in a bid to tackle the country’s housing crisis. Their factory in Yorkshire, will eventually create eight fully-fitted houses each day. The […]

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Brexit And Moving Home

Should I Buy, Sell Or Remortgage In An Uncertain Market The UK property market is at its weakest for six years. Prices are either stagnant or falling across half the country. This is according to Britain’s official surveyors body. Reports state that sales will remain “in limbo” until a Brexit deal emerges. According to The […]

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New Figures Show Number Of Rental Properties In The UK Is Falling Rapidly

The number of private rental properties in  the UK is falling at an alarming rate, particularly in Greater London, according to new figures from Home.co.uk. The number of available homes to rent in Greater London that have been on the market for 20 weeks or less fell dramatically by 24% over the last year, from […]

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Labour Pledges £20m To Help Fund New Renters’ Unions And Give Tenants More Power

Labour has pledged to invest £20m into setting up renters’ unions, intending to support to millions of private tenants across England. In a recent paper, the Institute for Public Policy Research recommended the creation of a nationwide renters’ union and said England could learn lesson from Germany in terms of tenancy security, controls on cost, and […]

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Property Law Reform Will Help Homeowners Escape Leasehold Trap

It will soon be possible for leasehold property owners to buy the freehold of their property more easily under plans for an overhaul of a stressful and costly system currently in place. At present as a leaseholder, you must wait two years before buying the freehold to your property and can extend the lease only […]

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Homebuyers Slowly Returning To London’s Property Market, Despite Brexit Uncertainty

Despite Britain’s looming and increasingly uncertain departure from the EU, homebuyers are gradually returning to London’s property market due to falling property prices. Rightmove have reported an upturn in buyer activity which it says has indicated market recovery as  average asking prices were half a percent lower — or £3,360 — than a year ago, at […]

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Changes To Regulatory Arrangements And Code of Conduct – How To Comply With The New Regulations Resulting From The CMA Recommendations

In December 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Published its Legal Services Market Study. It highlighted problems of transparency of price and quality and that consumers did not have enough information before employing a lawyer. Recommendations were made by the CMA, mainly to “deliver a step change in standards of transparency to help consumers (i) understand […]

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Conveyancing Firms Need To Be Open With Customers About Referral Arrangements

The Legal Services Board has given approval to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers to amend its rules and require licensed firms to improve information about costs and whether a referral fee has been paid to an agent. The aim of this is to enable consumers to make informed decisions about their choice of legal service […]

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