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Would you know if a fraudster tried to sell your house?

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Owning your own home is usually the most valuable asset people have. A property can be sold and mortgaged to raise money and is becoming an attractive target for fraudsters. The type of frauds that have been seen in the conveyancing industry recently are...

Higher Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Charges for Second Homes

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You may already be aware that in its Spending Review and Autumn Statement published in November 2015 the Government announced its plans, in certain circumstances, to introduce a higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax from the 1st April 2016. ...

Property Fraud and Cybercrime

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You may have read the recent article in the news about an absent Landlord whose house was “sold” for £1.3m in London. The fraudster rented the house initially, changed their name by Deed Poll to the same name as that of the registered...

Relying on the "Bank of Mum and Dad" for a Gifted Deposit

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It is reported that 1 in 20 home buyers rely on parents for a gifted deposit. The numbers are increasing as house prices rise. Many property purchasers, particularly for first time buyers rely on a gift of cash for all, or part of the deposit from family to...

A Knotty Dilemma - Japanese Knotweed

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Japanese Knotweed is one of the most evasive plants in Britain which is highly aggressive and destructive. It has been known to block footpaths, grow through concrete, damage tarmac and affect people’s property. Japanese Knotweed was originally...

10 Golden Rules to Buying a Home

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Whether you’re a first time buyer, or you’ve bought and sold properties in the past; purchasing a new home can be a daunting task. Here are 10 golden rules to buying a home that will help your property transaction run smoothly:...

Help to Buy Scheme continues to boost housing market

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The second phase of the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme launches on the 7th October, three months earlier than planned. This Scheme helps first time buyers and existing home owners to move up the housing ladder and purchase a property up to...