Since May 2020, when the estate agents were given the all clear to open, the property market has gone from strength to strength, with house prices now at the highest rates we've seen in several years.
To help cope with the demand for conveyancing services, our property teams are now back up to full strength across all of our offices and we are currently recruiting for more.
Property transactions are currrently going through in the normal way, however, we are experiencing significant delays in the process as mortgage providers are taking longer to approve applications and also surveyors are booked up for weeks in advance. All of these things are causing delays in the chains, so we are asking clients for their patience as we try to get everyone moved as soon as possible.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) support measures will end 30th June 2021
Thinking of turning your home into an Airbnb?
The restrictions on overseas travel has seen a race for UK holiday accommodation. Where property owners look to make money from ‘staycations’ by offering their homes on sharing platforms such as Airbnb, the ease of letting does not take away the responsibility to understand and keep up with relevant rules and regulations.
Moving home during a lock down - your questions answered
In this article, our residential property expert, Kate Skelton, answers some of the more commonly asked questions about what is and what is not possible during these times; including what to do if you have already exchanged contracts but are unable to move due to the pandemic, and who to speak to if your financial situation changes in the coming months.
Tips for becoming a landlord
Help To Buy ISA - How Have They Done?
Recent government statistics have revealed that the Help to Buy ISA scheme is helping first-time buyers to get on the property ladder three years earlier than they otherwise would. The result has been calculated by looking at the average age of first-time buyers both with and without the ISAs. On average, those who use the ISA to buy their first home are three years younger than those who do not, with the median age of those using the Help to Buy ISA being 27.
Property Scam – A Cautionary Tale
It’s a troubling norm of today’s society that most people will have heard a horror story about property fraud from a family member, a colleague from work or simply reading online. Importantly, these stories need to be kept in perspective: remember, the tales of properties being rented and sold without any noteworthy problems are the ones people usually don’t bother sharing! However, it’s also worth taking heed of the negative experiences of others to ensure you do everything you can to avoid falling into similar traps.
What impact will an interest rate rise have on young homebuyers’ mortgage bills?
Recent official figures have revealed that homebuyers are being lent more money by banks than at any time since the global financial crisis a decade ago, with many of the borrowers being young people for whom stepping onto the property ladder is barely affordable. As such, billions of pounds of debt which may prove unsafe is being taken on by them at a time when interest rates are expected to rise.
Need to Sort out Your Finances?
Around 50% of us make a New Year’s Resolution to 'sort out the finances’ but for most of us it's more of a wish than a firm commitment to take action. Looking at the January appointments we’ve had with wealth management clients here are the topics that we’ve discussed most often. If you’re determined to sort out your finances, these may give you some food for thought.
Bank Liable for damage to credit rating
The patient’s right to information
A woman recently won damages on behalf of her son for injuries sustained at his birth as a result of the alleged negligence of a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.