Martin Parrin

Martin is a Senior Content Writer for Today’s Conveyancer, Today’s Wills and Probate, Today’s Legal Cyber Risk and Today's Family Lawyer

Having qualified as a teacher, Martin previously worked as a Secondary English Teacher that responsible for Head of Communications.

After recently returning to the North West from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, Martin has left teaching to start a career in writing and pursue his lifelong passion with the written word.

Conveyancing

Tens Of Thousands Of AP1 Registrations Awaiting Processing

The recently published ‘number and types of transactions for value’ released by HM Land Registry (HMLR) suggest that HMLR failed to complete applications anywhere close to the average in April. Overall, the data indicated that just 440 AP1 applications on transfers for value were completed last month. In contrast, despite lockdown impacting the property market […]Read More

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Evalaution Of Post-Crisis Regulatory Changes Could Help Post-Covid Recovery

New research suggests that post-financial crisis regulatory changes have severely restricted many first-time buyers from climbing on to the property ladder over the past decade. According to the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association’s (IMLA) ‘First-time buyers: is the growth sustainable’ report, the government should look to ease many of these restrictions to help more first-time buyers […]Read More

Conveyancing

Chains Are Starting To Complete Once Again

Wednesday Today was particularly exciting – well in the world of a conveyancer it was! I had a chain complete! I have only had one chain complete during lockdown and I had forgotten the wait for that email from the buyers’ solicitor to say that the monies were on their way, checking the client account […]Read More

Conveyancing

Alan Rubenstein Appointed NHBC Chair

The leading warranty and insurance provider for new build homes, the NHBC, has announced the appointment of Alan Rubenstein as new Chair. Currently serving on NHBC’s board as a nonexecutive director, Mr Rubenstein undertakes his new role with over thirty years’ experience in the insurance and investment banking sectors. Alan Rubenstein, incoming Chair of the […]Read More

Conveyancing

Market Enjoys Busiest Day Since Lockdown

The property market enjoyed its busiest day yesterday since lockdown was introduced. Purchase mortgage search volume was 25 per cent higher yesterday than any other time since lockdown restrictions were introduced, according to Twenty7Tec mortgage data. Overall, mortgage search volume has increased by 11.89 per cent when compared with the same day last week, up […]Read More

Conveyancing

Joint Letter Urges Easing Of Furlough Requirements

A cross-industry group working within the property sector have written an open letter to the government imploring them to offer ‘greater flexibility’ in the furlough scheme. Currently, employers can only move their staff in and out of furlough every three weeks and the group believe this is overly restrictive and risky to businesses in the […]Read More

Conveyancing

Ask An Expert: Post-Lockdown Buying And Selling Process

The property freeze has been lifted but the sector remains in a strange no-mans land, caught between the extremes of pre-lockdown working and total market lockdown. Social distancing responsibilities now drive the way the sector operates which could forever change the way we buy and sell homes. As the market tentatively reopens, industry stakeholders have […]Read More

Conveyancing

Mortgage Holidays Extended By Three Months

Homeowners struggling financially at the current time are able to extend their mortgage holiday by an additional three months from today. It is estimated that 1.8 million homeowners are already utilising the mortgage holiday to ensure they do not fall into arrears or default on their mortgage during the Covid-19 crisis. New homeowners who have […]Read More

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UK Residential Transactions Halve In April

Residential property transactions last month had more than halved since the recorded figures from April 2019. According to recent HM Revenue and Customs data, 46,440 residential transactions were completed in April; 53 per cent fewer than the same month in 2019. Similarly, the 5,930 non-residential transactions las month represented a fall of 46.1 per cent […]Read More

Conveyancing

Sales Agreed And New Instructions Increasing Post-Lockdown

Early indications suggest that the property market is bouncing back with Rightmove site interactions above 2019 levels, new instructions rising and sales agreed increasing. Full property viewings on Rightmove are now stronger than 2019 levels, according to the portal. Rightmove indicate that a full viewing will involve potential buyers accessing all information provided on a […]Read More

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20% Increase In Formal Complaints To Property Ombudsman

The property Ombudsman experienced a 20 per cent spike in formal complaints last year according to its annual report for 2019. Similarly to other years. communication and record keeping were the most complained about elements of a client’s legal service. These issues were followed by complaints handling with law firms, marketing or advertising concerns and […]Read More

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