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Finalists for the Modern Law Conveyancing Awards

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We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for three awards at the upcoming Modern Law Conveyancing Awards . We have been nominated for Conveyancing Firm of the Year in both the South and Midlands region, as well as National...

Help to Buy ISA: Frequently Asked Questions

Lisa Mehta
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What is a Help to Buy ISA? It is a scheme released by the Government to assist first time buyers in getting onto the property ladder. A first time buyer can save money into the ISA and the government will boost the savings in the ISA by 25% on completion...

What is a Transfer of Equity?

Sharon Invernizzi
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A transfer of equity or transfer of title is when someone is added or removed from the title to a property. There can be a number of reasons why someone may wish to undertake a transfer of equity of their property. For instance, they may wish to...

Help to Buy: Shared Ownership - What does it mean? Who can help?

Pasqualina Marcucci
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“Shared Ownership” is one of HM Government’s Help to Buy schemes. It is designed to help prospective purchasers who are unable to afford a mortgage for 100% of the property value. It instead offers the purchaser an opportunity to purchase a...

Southern Conveyancing Firm of the Year

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We are delighted to announce we have been shortlisted in this year’s Law Firm Services (LFS) Conveyancing Awards for the sixth time since 2012. This year we have been shortlisted to win the 2017 Regional Conveyancing Firm of the Year for both the...

Brethertons shortlisted in national Conveyancing awards

Alison McCormack
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We are pleased to announce that our Conveyancing team have beaten off tough competition to be shortlisted for the Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 2017 in the ‘Conveyancing Firm of the Year - Midlands’ category.  The...

Brethertons Appointed to 'Help to Buy Midlands' Solicitors Panel

Tom Ansell
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We are delighted to report that we have been appointed to the ‘Help to Buy Midlands’ Solicitors Panel – confirming our commitment to the property sector and the affordable housing market.    ‘Help to Buy Midlands’ is...

Is your garden hiding every homeowners worst nightmare?

Tom Ansell
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In the world of conveyancing, there are a number of things for both current and prospective homeowners to be aware of.  One of these problems is the invasive species of plant, Japanese Knotweed (fallopia japonica).  Japanese Knotweed is an...

Fraudulent House Sale - Who's responsible?

Michael Dibben
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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

Michael Dibben
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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...

The benefits of using your local conveyancing solicitor

Tom Ansell
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You’ve just had an offer accepted on your dream home. If it wasn’t hard enough to pick the right house for you, it can sometimes be even harder to select the best conveyancer for the job. Frequently, you see conveyancers dealing with transactions...

Help to Buy ISA - the Key Points

Tom Ansell
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The Government has recently extended its Help to Buy scheme with the introduction of the Help to Buy ISA. The scheme is designed to assist first time buyers with the purchase of a property up to the value of £450,000.00 in London and £250,000.00...

Veyo scheme scrapped

Michael Dibben
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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

Michael Dibben
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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...

Six common mistakes people make when buying a house

Steven Neasham
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Buying a home is a Big Deal.  Getting onto the property ladder can be a life-affirming event and for even the most seasoned of property tycoons, investing in a new property is a momentous occasion. So exhilarating and nerve-wracking is the prospect,...

New home for Brethertons in Bicester

Steven Neasham
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In recent times, Bicester has seen a raft of upgrades to the town centre including the new cinema, shopping area and a large supermarket. That was phase one of the Council’s plan to modernise the town.  At Brethertons, we’ve been eagerly...

What is the difference between freehold and leasehold?

Michael Dibben
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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

Michael Dibben
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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'

Michael Dibben
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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

Michael Dibben
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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...

Stamp duty changes

Michael Dibben
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The basis on which stamp duty land tax is charged has been changed in a move that will benefit most purchasers of property. The old system applied a single rate of stamp duty land tax, based on the whole of the consideration paid for the property. Because...

Brethertons announced as Conveyancers of the Year

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Brethertons is delighted to have been announced as the 2014 ‘East Midlands Regional Conveyancing Firm of the Year’. This success follows on from the past two years, with Brethertons winning the ‘Regional Conveyancing Team of the Year’...