Month: December 2016

Property Market

Property sales predictions for 2017

The number of people buying homes is expected to fall in 2017, as landlords and owner occupiers are deterred in the wake of the tax changes and economic uncertainty, following the EU referendum result. The number of transactions is predicted to fall to 1.17 million according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), the lowest […]Read More

Insight Property Market

Help to Buy helps 220,000 purchases

Recent Help to Buy statistics indicate that over 220,000 people have used the Government’s Help to Buy products to assist them in purchasing a home. These include the ISA, Equity Loan, London Help to Buy and Mortgage Guarantee, which is scheduled to close next year. Under the schemes, over 220,000 completions have been made in […]Read More

Firms & People Fraud

2016 – Lawyer Checker’s Round-Up

Whilst the rest of the world was in turmoil during 2016; the many celebrity losses and the ‘post-truth’ of Brexit and Trump, Lawyer Checker saw a phenomenal year of growth and development. The company was thrilled to enjoy some significant award wins in 2016. In July, at the Modern Law Conveyancing Awards, the hard work […]Read More

Property Market

HMRC November property transaction data

Presenting the monthly estimated of the figures for both residential and non-residential property transactions, HMRC property figures for November 2016 have recently been released. The publication, showing data for the UK and its constituent countries, is based on statistics from both HMRC’s Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and the Scottish Administration’s Land and Buildings Transactions […]Read More

Insight

Most Land Registry complaints caused by delays

Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, Today’s Conveyancer can report that 251 complaints were received by Land Registry in October. The period of July to September 2016 saw 657 complaints being recorded by the body. Where there is an “any expression of dissatisfaction where a response or an action is needed to help resolve […]Read More

Insight

How do you solve a problem like…conveyancing?

No doubt that old favourite The Sound of Music will be on our TV screens again over the Christmas period and the nuns will once more try to solve the problem called Maria, but in the real world it seems that once again everyone is returning to that old hobby-horse ‘How can we change/modernise conveyancing?’ […]Read More

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