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Fraudulent House Sale - Who's responsible?

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A new case examines conveyancers’ duties to avoid fraudulent property sales. In August 2012 a solicitor Mr A’Court was approached by a man calling himself Mr Dawson, who instructed A’Court to act on his behalf in selling a property...

Landlords rush to beat the Stamp Duty Land Tax changes

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The world of conveyancing has never been so busy. There was frenzied activity to push house sales through before the new stamp duty land tax rules come into effect for buy-to-let and second homes today. What’s the rush? In his Autumn...

Veyo scheme scrapped

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Following on from my first blog about Veyo, the Law Society has announced on 3rd December that it will no longer be investing in the proposed online conveyancing Portal known as Veyo. Veyo was to be an online tool facilitating communication between...

Stamp duty blow for landlords

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George Osborne has announced significantly increased rates of stamp duty land tax for people buying second homes and buy to let property. In his Autumn Statement on 25th November the Chancellor announced that from April 2016 people buying an additional home...

What is the difference between freehold and leasehold?

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In broad terms there are just two ways in which any residential property in England and Wales can be owned – freehold or leasehold. But what is the difference? Is one better than the other? Legally the two forms of ownership are completely...

Mortgage approvals hit 7 year high

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Following strong hints from the Bank of England that interest rates will soon be rising again homeowners have been seeking long-term mortgage deals to replace existing discount mortgages. The Bank’s figures showed that approvals for home loans...

Bicester and Banbury make the 'B-Triangle'

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Banbury and Bicester have been named as top hotspots for buyers of houses, according to a report in The Times (‘Going for Growth’ - Bricks and Mortar, 31st July 2015). The two towns have for several years been on the outer edges of the...

Movers and shakers

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This week, Partner and Head of Conveyancing at Brethertons , Mike Dibben is quoted in the Sunday Times Home supplement (10 May 2015) on the topic of moving house, more specifically: what is, and what is not, acceptable behaviour when...