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Top tips for first-time buyers

The number of first-time buyers is at its highest for ten years, accounting for 51 per cent of the market despite rising prices and record deposits according to the Halifax.  If you are thinking about taking that first step onto the property ladder, the legal aspects of ownership may be the last thing on your […]

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Ground rent, some important questions answered

Ground rent, some important questions answered

Taylor Wimpey’s recent decision to set aside £130 million pounds to settle ground rent disputes has attracted a lot of media attention. So too have stories about exploitative ground rent provisions which have resulted in some home owners becoming liable to pay thousands of pounds a year and who may face difficulty trying to sell […]

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How to extend a lease on a flat or buy a share of the freehold

When you buy a flat you will usually buy it via a lease rather than buying it outright. This is because, when you own a flat, there needs to be a mechanism in place to ensure that everyone in the building occupies their space responsibly and contributes to the cost of maintaining and insuring shared […]

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Government scraps stamp duty for first-time buyers on properties bought for up to £300,000

The Chancellor recently announced that stamp duty would be scrapped for first-time buyers looking to purchase a property worth up to £300,000, and would be reduced for properties worth up to £500,000 to cater for buying in London and other expensive areas.  Susan Ward, residential conveyancing expert with Mooney Everett Solicitors in Ormskirk, Lancashire explains […]

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Property boundaries and rights of access: what are they and why do they matter?

Boundaries determine the extent of any land or buildings you own. They are, in simple terms, the line which separates your property from that of your neighbours. They may take the form of a wall, a fence, a hedge, a piece of barbed wire or even some other less noticeable feature, such as the edging […]

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Young Couple Moving into a New Home

Top 5 tips when getting a conveyancing quote

Buying a new home is exciting, whether it is a first-time purchase or an additional property to your portfolio, you will need a conveyancing lawyer to act for you in the process and ensure that the ‘legal title’ to the property passes from the seller to the buyer. Susan Ward, residential property lawyer at Mooney […]

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