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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....

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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?...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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