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…

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 Yet, it remains that some practices still seem frustratingly out of date and laborious to house buyers and sellers.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…

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….

How have the logistics changed in conveyancing since COVID-19

The housing market, like most industries, has gone through the rigmarole since COVID-19 in adapting how it operates to abide by the latest government regulations. This has not only affected estate agents, mortgage lenders but the conveyancing process too. If you’re about the begin the journey of buying and/or selling a property take a look…

Moving home checklist for property buyers

When stepping on to the moving home ladder there will be a lot of people on-hand to help you along this journey. While your conveyancing solicitor will do the majority of the management of your property transaction there will be times when you will solely be responsible for ‘making things happen’. Take a look at…

Conveyancing fees explained

A lot of property buyers, if not already, become sticklers for detail when they embark on their journey to homeownership and for good reason. Having a detailed understanding of your outgoings and the costs involved can make a large amount of money being spent on a home seem less overwhelming. From your deposit to a…

Conveyancing searches (Property searches) part 2

As we previously discussed in our first conveyancing searches article there are several searches your licensed conveyancer will undertake in their preliminary research on the property you’re purchasing. While these can uncover a great deal of information about the property, your conveyancer may recommend additional searches to check against any unseen risks against the property….