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Category: Moving Home

Contaminated Land

The importance of Contaminated Land & Enviromental Searches

Amongst the queries we receive from clients in relation to searches, we are often asked about the position in relation to contaminated land. Here, Ashley Mallett, a Solicitor in our Morley office, looks at the topic in more detail. What is contaminated land? Contaminated land is just one of several risks which are included in…

Gifted Deposit

The Bank of Mum & Dad, (and Nan and Grandad)……How do Gifted Deposits Work in Practice?

Due to the continuing increase in property prices many people – generally First Time Buyers – are now reliant on help from the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ or another family member to help them get on the property ladder. Here Iain Gardner, a Residential Property Executive in our Morley branch, looks at what you…

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Help To Buy Scheme Ends – What Now For First-Time Buyers?

The Government’s Help to Buy Scheme was launched in 2013 to a chorus of disapproval but it ended on New Years’ Eve 2016 – as was always the plan – with most critics conceding that it had achieved its main aims. But where does it leave first-time buyers now and what options do they have?…

Moving day

A Simple Guide To Moving House

Everything is signed and sealed, you have a completion date, finally things are coming together and your dream home is just a few days away. Of course, you have been planning this for months and months, but our resident property experts David Bancroft and James Smith have collaborated over an essential house-moving guide, which pulls…

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Buying Property at Auction

There are many reasons why a property is sold and purchased through an auction; the value of the property might be difficult to establish, the property might require substantial improvement work or the property may require planning consent in order to be used, this list continues… Selling a property at auction provides certainty and efficiency;…

Documents explained

Covenants On A Property Explained

What is a Covenant? A covenant is a provision, or promise, contained in a deed to land. Land may be subject to a covenant which affects or limits its use. This is known as the burden of a covenant. A covenant may give a landowner some say over what is permissible on neighbouring property. This…

Buyers to be warned of mortgage ‘worst case scenarios’

Buyers to be warned of mortgage ‘worst case scenarios’

It means lenders will have to show the maximum interest rate they have charged in the last 20 years. A statement from the European Parliament says: “Anyone signing up for a mortgage in the EU should receive comparable information about the products available, and understand the total cost and long-run financial consequences of taking out…

Highest number of home buyers for four years

Highest number of home buyers for four years

The biggest increases in activity came in the West Midlands and the North East, which were among the areas worst affected by the market crash. However, every area of the country saw significant growth. The RICS figures are based on buyer activity in July, when it says house prices rose across the country at their…

House prices increasing ‘at fastest rate for three years’

House prices increasing ‘at fastest rate for three years’

The Halifax survey found that prices in the three months to the end of June were 2.1% higher than in the previous quarter and 3.7% higher than in the same period last year. Halifax spokesman Martin Ellis said the increases are the highest we’ve seen for three years. He said: “Activity has also improved in…

Number of tenants buying council homes more than doubles

Number of tenants buying council homes more than doubles

Right to Buy offers eligible tenants discounts of up to £100,000 in London and up to £75,000 in other areas. The latest figures show that the number of homes sold between April 2012 and April 2013 reached 5,942. That’s more than double the number sold in the previous year and the highest since 2007. A…