Month: November 2015

Conveyancing

Help to Buy: ISA launches

The Government’s Help to Buy ISAs launch today and aim to help first time buyers by giving a 25% bonus on savings towards buying a house up to a maximum of £3,000 in the hope it will help more first time buyers onto the property ladder. Prospective buyers will be able to save £1,200 in […]Read More

Conveyancing

tm group rebrand launch

tmgroup are excited to announce that they have refreshed their brand to better reflect the array of services they provide to property professionals tmgroup, one of the UK’s leading property data and service providers, today introduced the company’s new corporate brand and logo. The rebranding reflects both the evolution of the company as well as […]Read More

Conveyancing

Searches UK donate eight tickets for children to attend a

Searches UK are delighted to again support Circus Starr, an independently funded charity which supports disadvantaged and disabled children across the country. For a number of years Searches UK have supported this worthy charity and have again donated 8 tickets for children to attend their Winter Tour. Andrew Stenning, Managing Director, at Searches UK said: […]Read More

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Land Registry reports mixed growth in house prices

Land Registry reports total increase in prices of 5.6% on twelve months ago with the North East seeing strongest month-to-month growth. The price of an average property in Greater London has passed half a million pounds. The average price of a property in England and Wales is now £186,350 The average price for a property […]Read More

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FTB numbers dip in face of smaller deposit costs and

October sees 28,100 first-time buyer (FTB) completions – a fall of 8.5% on a three-month basis Comes despite home-ownership costs levelling off, as the average deposit falls 2.1% over three months Over the same period, the average mortgage rate continues to fall while the average LTV climbs However, rising purchase prices may be discouraging FTBs, […]Read More

Conveyancing

Autumn Statement: Full reaction

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, in which he announced his intention to build 400,000 new homes, was given a qualified welcome, with many professions from builders to estate agents to surveyors expressing doubts that it could be accomplished. The more surprising move was the previously unannounced move to add 3% on top of existing stamp duty […]Read More

Conveyancing

Update to CML Handbook

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have amended their handbook to liberate conveyancers from specific lending insurance requirements. The new guidance in regard to building insurance states conveyancers must “make reasonable enquiries to satisfy themselves that buildings insurance has been arranged for the property from no later than completion” which could mean simply asking the […]Read More

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SRA looks to the future, setting out a new regulatory

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has outlined its vision for the future, pushing ahead with a fundamental shift away from prescriptive rules in favour of protecting the public by setting out the principles solicitors should follow. The SRA’s phased review of how it regulates was launched today with the publication of a position paper. In […]Read More

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