Holiday let versus buy-to-let – what’s the difference?

Looking to invest in an additional property but unsure on the difference between a holiday let (short let) versus buy-to-let? A second property can yield a good financial return but both have pros and cons. Here we breakdown what the difference is and things to consider when going down either route. Holiday Let Typically associated…

The pros and cons of moving to the countryside

An outcome of COVID-19 has been a reported surge in house buyers wanting to move to a rural, countryside location. Clearly, there are benefits to moving to a countryside location including more open space, fresh unpolluted air, and sometimes, depending on the location, you can get more bang for your buck. However, swapping the hustle…

The difference between fixtures and fittings (chattels)

Sometimes it’s the simple things that cause the most confusion and we understand that not everything in the conveyancing world is black and white. Therefore, we hope this guide helps to differentiate between what exactly are fixtures and fittings when you, the vendor, have to fill out this particular form with all the initial paperwork…

Housing Market Analysis: Q2 2020

In December 2019, the year 2020 was pinned to be a new decade of fresh beginnings. The UK had voted for a Conservative government and Brexit was formally put on a 12-month countdown. Fast-forward to March 2020 and the outlook was totally different. The global pandemic finally took hold and the UK was officially in…

The Introduction Of Electronic Signatures By HM Land Registry

As with most industries, conveying has, over the years, made big strides to move with the times and adapt to people’s wants and needs. Yet, it remains that some practices still seem frustratingly out of date and laborious to house buyers and sellers. Thankfully a recent announcement by HM Land Registry could see a big…

Help To Buy: Equity Loan Extension

Over the years the government has announced various schemes to help both first-time buyers and previous homeowners to buy again in a bid to make homeownership more affordable. From Help To Buy: ISA to Help To Buy: Equity Loan there are various ways in which house buyers can climb the property ladder. More recently, in…

Your Top Conveyancing Questions Answered

As the UK’s biggest direct conveyancing firm we often are faced with many queries about our services and conveyancing in general. Therefore, we’ve pulled together our handy guide to break down the most frequently asked questions to bust any myths surrounding the property buying and selling process. What does conveyancer mean? A conveyancer is a…

Post lockdown trend analysis

Since May 13th 2020 the housing market has quickly jumped back onto its feet to reassert itself as an economic driving force to help the UK in its recovery strategy. While lockdown made the process of buying and/or selling a property very difficult there have been some developments in the wake of the pandemic which…

Mini Budget, Housing Market Analysis – July 2020

As part of the Chancellor’s ‘mini-budget’ announcements, there were two housing-related points raised in a bid to help a housing-led economic recovery. First of all – SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax) Stamp duty is the tax paid on purchasing properties or land and more specifically this applies to those properties in England and Northern Ireland….