Month: September 2016

Firms & People

Missing charging disbursements? Research suggests you are in the majority

A recent conveyancing survey conducted by InfoTrack and Today’s Conveyancer found that over 70% of respondents had missed charging disbursements to clients, resulting in their firm often being left out of pocket as a result of avoidable circumstances. The results of the InfoTrack survey highlighted the issue of lost disbursements within firms, which were commonly […]Read More

Legislation & Litigation

Help to Buy to cease after 2016

It has been confirmed today (29 September 2016) that the Help to Buy scheme will not continue to operate after the end of the year. Chancellor Philip Hammond stated in a letter to the Bank of England (BoE) that the scheme, which has been accessible to home buyers since January 2014, will not be extended. […]Read More

Firms & People

SearchFlow appoints Head of Customer Services as demand grows for

SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists, has appointed Sarah Slate as Head of Customer Services to lead the organisation’s customer and outsourced legal services. Sarah has over 15 years’ experience working within the professional services environment. She was previously Head of Customer and Employee Relations at Portal Financial Services Ltd and Senior Operations Manager at Express Finance. […]Read More

Firms & People

Gordon Brown achieves prestigious quality standard

Gordon Brown Solicitors, who already hold a number of accreditations including Lexcel and CQS, have achieved another in the form of the Legal Eye Quality Standard. The Legal Eye Quality Standard, accredited by Legal Eye a subsidiary of ULS Technology is recognised to be the only assessment scheme to address the rules and regulations which […]Read More

Property Market

Supply of housing hits a six-month high

Supply of available housing rose to the highest level seen since March this year, according to the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) August Housing Market report Furthermore, the number of sales made to first time buyers (FTBs) increased by 3% and demand for housing fell marginally, in line with seasonal expectations. In a sign […]Read More

Property Market

Rise in home buying with family or friends

Home buying couples, friends and those purchasing in groups now account for around 60% of residential transactions a year, according to research by My Home Move Buying collectively enables home buyers to afford more than their single counterparts – with London, Kent and Essex seeing the highest numbers of group purchases (three or more people […]Read More

Firms & People

Property Searches Scotland achieve record highs

Property Searches Scotland (PSS) have continued to grow their market share and have established new records for activity levels and customers’ numbers throughout the summer. The company’s reputation for providing exceptional customer service has been at the heart of this impressive growth The company has developed an enviable reputation for exceptional customer service, and this […]Read More

Legislation & Litigation

Only 2 weeks left to have your say on proposed

The Government are continuing to welcome comments on the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) filing and payment process until Friday 7th October 2016. In honour of their Autumn Statement 2015 announcement, the Government are currently holding an open consultation on the proposed changes which aim to make SDLT filing and payment faster and easier. According […]Read More

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