The £5,000 green homes voucher explained

As part of the government’s ‘mini-budget’ back in July, it announced that it was offing £2bn to households in England to make energy-saving improvements as part of its ‘Green Homes Grant’. The scheme, which officially launched at the end of September, could mean households receive up to £5,000 in vouchers towards their energy-saving improvements. Yet,…

Moving home – what are the current guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues the UK has been through many changes since the initial lockdown was imposed at the end of March. This may leave you wondering what the current rules are on buying/selling a property, including visiting estate agents, house viewings and instructing tradespeople to quote on prospective work. Here, we have pulled…

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 Yet, it remains that some practices still seem frustratingly out of date and laborious to house buyers and sellers.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