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Purchasing a property: Do I need a Declaration of Trust?

In all the excitement of a new home together, it’s easy for individuals to forget to take steps to formalise their legal position or protect the money they have invested. When purchasing a property, you should always consider what your interest in the... [read more...]

Landlords: no EPC = no tenant

An Energy Performance Certificate (“EPC”) is not only beneficial in ensuring homes meet efficiency targets but it allows occupiers to identify areas for improvement when it comes to energy consumption. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rent Property)... [read more...]

Why choose equity release?

Equity release is a way that homeowners can tap into their property wealth, but a great deal of consideration needs to be taken first. Decades of home ownership and rising house prices mean that lots of older people in particular have built up significant... [read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

How does Help to Buy work?

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 to access... [read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The conveyancing process: a quick guide

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

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