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Purchasing property: What do house searches entail?



By Nicola Briggs If you are buying a home in West Yorkshire, it is standard practice to have a Local Authority Water and Drainage Search and Coal Search. There is a cost involved, so you may wonder – do you actually have to go through with searches? Prices for searches vary from area to area and Council to Council. When you send us your query, a ...
 
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New Build Solicitor Richard Wisnia answers your Help to Buy questions



Solicitor and Head of New Build, Richard Wisnia, recently recorded a question and answer session for Help to Buy NEYH, the Local Help to Buy Agent for the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside, explaining a little more of what the process means for us as solicitors and for you as the buyer. With nearly a decade of experience of dealing with ...
 
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How will the new stamp duty rates affect you?



On 4th December 2014, George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement that there will be changes to stamp duty. But do you know what this means for you? Stamp duty was originally calculated on a percentage of the full purchase price over £125,000.  There were three brackets which determined how much stamp duty you would pay: Less than £125,000 = 0% ...
 
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House buying as a couple – it’s a question of ownership



By Angela Higgins Buying a property is nearly always the biggest purchase anyone will make in their lifetime. However, whilst home-buyers may spend weeks or even months choosing a property, often relatively little thought will be put into how that property is owned. Whenever a house is bought in the names of two or more people, they will need to decide what will happen ...
 
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Two Switalskis teams up for Yorkshire Legal Awards!



The Switalskis team is celebrating after hearing today that two of our specialist departments have been shortlisted for Yorkshire Legal Awards! Partner, Sarah Cookson, who leads the Conveyancing department, is a finalist in the Residential Property category, whilst Partner, David Greenwood’s Child Abuse Law team is in the running for the Dispute Resolution award. The Yorkshire Legal Awards (formerly the Yorkshire Lawyer ...
 
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Choosing a Conveyancing Solicitor – five top tips



Selling your home this summer? Here are our top tips for choosing the conveyancing solicitor that’s right for you… Summer is here! And whilst many of us will be thinking about barbeques, holidays and even the World Cup, some will be preparing for one of the most stressful life events you can go through – moving home. With the garden in full ...