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Leaseholds to be banned on new builds in England

According to the Land Registry, £2bn of new build leasehold houses were sold in England and Wales in the last year alone. In the same period, 42% of new build houses and flats sold were leasehold properties – some with leases of up to 999... [read more...]
28.07.2017

High street vs online: what’s the best way to sell your property?

Selling a house can be a daunting process, and those that wish to sell their property have to go through a somewhat long and complex process to secure the best price. In an ideal world the process would be simple, including less fees, paperwork and time taken... [read more...]
23.03.2017

Sure-fire ways to stress-free conveyancing

Let’s be honest, moving house is stressful – from de-cluttering your attic and managing your removals, through to the unpacked boxes piled up in your kitchen. But one area that doesn’t need to be stressful is your conveyancing. In this article, we... [read more...]
09.02.2017

Landlords: four ways to give your finances a health check

Landlords now face a heftier bill from HMRC than before, thanks to new changes to stamp duty and tax relief on mortgage interest. The fall in new buy-to-let mortgages shows lenders are already concerned about the impact of these new tax rules on landlords'... [read more...]
19.01.2017

Help to Buy – how it works

If you’re looking to get your foot on the property ladder, there’s a good chance you’ll have heard the words ‘Help to Buy’ already. But what do they actually mean? The first thing to understand is that Help to Buy is not a single initiative –... [read more...]
30.06.2016

Rise of ‘Generation Rent’ looks set to continue in South West

Research conducted by Barcan+Kirby in our Citizen 2025 white paper shows that rising property prices and the ongoing housing shortage is fuelling the rise of ‘Generation Rent’ in the South West. Figures show that nearly 40% of those aged between 35... [read more...]
21.04.2016

Buying a new build property – what you need to know

Buying a home is always an exciting time and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about buying a new build property. New build homes are a great way to get on the property ladder, as well as an attractive choice for existing homeowners.... [read more...]
24.03.2016

Guide to the legal aspects of buying a home

You're buying a home - congratulations! Taking those first tentative steps on the housing ladder is both stressful and exciting, but a good solicitor will be an invaluable ally in helping you navigate the tricky house purchase process. Whether you're a... [read more...]
28.01.2016

New home, no survey. Big mistake?

You've found your dream home and can't wait to get the contracts exchanged and completion date set. Chances are this will be your biggest investment to date. But with your moving costs quickly mounting up, you might feel tempted to skimp on a home... [read more...]
13.01.2016

Death + cohabitation: what happens to the house?

Many people believe that unmarried couples should be recognised in law and that legal rights for cohabitees should be improved. The family unit has developed, cohabitation is common place and many modern relationships don’t involve marriage. But if your... [read more...]
07.06.2015

A simple guide to buying leasehold

If you’re thinking of buying a flat, it’s almost certain that you’ll be taking on a leasehold property. But what exactly does that mean and how does it differ from buying freehold? In this simple guide to buying leasehold, we take a look at some of... [read more...]
25.05.2015

First-time buyers guide to conveyancing

Buying your first home is a thrilling experience and taking that first step on the rung of the property ladder is one that many people aspire to make. But the legal process can be complex and drawn-out, with many different stages that need to be... [read more...]
20.04.2015

Tick tock… Make sure you leave enough time for conveyancing!

There’s no doubt the local property market is seeing signs of improvement and there are pockets of the City where demand out-strips supply. With buyers and sellers sometimes being put under pressure to exchange and complete as soon as possible, there’s... [read more...]
03.08.2014

How to choose the right conveyancing solicitor

Let’s be honest, buying a house is a pretty daunting prospect. It’s a huge financial commitment and will easily be the biggest purchase that most of us will make in our lifetime. We all recognise the need to keep costs under control when budgeting for... [read more...]
09.06.2014

Low deposit? Not a problem with Help to Buy…

Rapidly rising house prices and the soaring cost of private rent means that for many, being able to save a deposit to buy their own home will seem an impossible task. We all know that to get a mortgage, you’ll need a deposit of at least 5%. But... [read more...]
31.01.2014

How to buy property at auction

Buying at auction conjures up a vision of frenzied activity, quick-fire action and big potential profits – but only if you know what you’re doing. In many ways, buying at auction is the perfect scenario. It cuts down a potentially lengthy conveyancing... [read more...]
28.05.2013

How to buy property as cohabitees

It’s safe to say that there are many misconceptions when it comes to buying property together as an unmarried couple. But contrary to popular belief, there’s no such thing as common law marriage. As a cohabitee, you don’t share the same rights as... [read more...]
30.04.2013

Matthew Martin appointed to firm’s commercial team

We’re pleased to announce that Matthew Martin has joined the firm in the role of solicitor, to be based across our commercial and residential conveyancing teams in Bristol. Matthew specialises in commercial and residential property matters, with... [read more...]
06.03.2013

5 tips for buying your first home

Buying a house is generally considered to be a stressful experience, but when it’s your first home, it can also seem a particularly daunting process. Last year the Government announced plans to underwrite mortgages on some properties for first time... [read more...]
11.06.2012

The conveyancing process: a quick guide

The conveyancing process can seem complicated and daunting. Our team of expert residential property lawyers will be able to guide you through each stage. However, clients often like to know how it all works. We hope that this quick guide will help you to... [read more...]
26.04.2012

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