Angela Higgins Licensed Conveyancer

Conveyancing in the 1960s



By Angela Higgins, Licensed Conveyancer As Licensed Conveyancer Angela Higgins celebrates the big “five-oh”, she contemplates what it must have been like to be a conveyancer fifty years ago. After some extensive Google-ing, I’ve found that whilst the basic principles of conveyancing have not changed, the way that conveyancing is done has changed in many respects, as has the experience ...
 

Conveyancing Blog: Shared Ownership



By Andrew Lancaster, Solicitor, Residential Conveyancing Being able to buy your first property has become increasingly difficult for young people in recent years. Rising house prices combined with stagnant wage growth and stringent lender requirements mean that most potential first-time buyers struggle to raise a deposit. There are, however, a number of government ‘Help to Buy’ schemes in place that may ...
 

Conveyancing Blog: Buying a house together



By Amanda Barker, Conveyancing Assistant One of the nicest parts of a Conveyancer’s job is helping couples to achieve their dream of buying a house together. It is always a pleasure to meet people who are happy and excited to be setting out on a new phase in their lives. However, at the start of the transaction, there is one ...
 

New Stamp Duty tax relief for first time buyers



By Richard Wisnia, Solicitor & Head of New Build Conveyancing You may have heard the news from yesterday’s Autumn Budget but, in case you missed it, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new Stamp Duty tax relief for first time buyers. If you are a first time buyer (you’ll see more on what that means later in the blog) this ...
 
Conveyancer Sarah Kent

Selling your home in the UK: Could Capital Gains Tax apply to your sale?



By Sarah Kent, Conveyancing Assistant Are you a non-UK resident? Did you know that your status might affect the way you are taxed on the sale of a property? If you are thinking of selling your home, it is important to consider whether any gains from your property transaction may be subject to Capital Gains Tax. Since the rules came ...
 
Sophie Oyeston Trainee Solicitor

6.1% average rise in UK house prices predicted by end of 2021



By Sophie Oyston, Trainee Solicitor New research by Barclays Wealth and Investments, the Barclays UK Property Predictor, has predicted that UK house prices will rise by more than 6% during the course of the next five years, bringing the average house value to £290,714. The current average house price is £274,000. Barclays looked at employment levels, rental trends, commuter behaviors, ...
 
Solicitor Richard Wisnia

Property Buyers: Where is your deposit coming from?



By Richard Wisnia, Conveyancing Solicitor & Head of New Build No-one can buy a house without having the money to pay for it – an obvious statement, I know. However, one of the most important jobs conveyancers have to carry out, is to make sure we know exactly where the deposit is coming from that you are using to buy your property. We need ...
 
Conveyancer Sarah Kent

Government Help to Buy ISAs



By Sarah Kent, Conveyancing Assistant The Government introduced Help to Buy ISAs in 2015 as a way to help first-time buyers get over the primary hurdle of buying a new home: saving for a deposit. How does it work? If you make regular payments into your Help to Buy ISA then the government will boost your savings by 25% when ...
 

New stamp duty rates & property transfers: When do you have to pay?



By Sarah Cookson, Director, Solicitor & Head of Conveyancing Stamp Duty Land Tax and Transfers of Equity On 15th February we reported on the upcoming changes to stamp duty for second properties. Announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn budget, the changes to stamp duty came into effect from 1st April 2016. What changed? From 1st April 2016, if a person buys ...
 
Solicitor Richard Wisnia

Conveyancing blog: Top tips for speeding up the sale process



By Richard Wisnia, Conveyancing Solicitor & Head of New Build Department The conveyancing process for selling your property is, on the one hand, straightforward. The principle of “buyer beware” means that it is ultimately the buyer’s responsibility to make sure they ask the relevant questions about the property so that they are happy to buy it. The Law Society provides a ...