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Dutton Gregory pair unveil new books on shared ownership and new build conveyancing

Dutton Gregory pair Sarah and Paul Sams have both released new books for practitioners to learn more about shared ownership and new build conveyancing. 

Sarah Sams, Partner at Hampshire-headquartered Dutton Gregory Solicitors, and a specialist in shared ownership, released her first book: A Practical Guide to Shared Ownership.

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in residential conveyancing, with a specialist knowledge in shared ownership. She works nationally and has advised some of the largest affordable housing providers in the UK, as well as acting for the leaseholders and buyers.

“The Practical Guide”, discusses everything a property professional needs to know about shared ownership. Topics include the difference between shared ownership and shared equity, past and present types of shared ownership lease, Stamp Duty Land Tax considerations, and model shared ownership leases.

Sarah Sams, Partner at Dutton Gregory, said:

“I saw a need in the market for more publicity and awareness for shared ownership schemes, as there appears to be a huge lack of understanding, particularly the benefits it offers first time buyers. The need to provide affordable housing is increasing and the market for shared ownership properties is also growing, so it feels timely to debunk some myths and explain the process in full.

Shared ownership makes getting on the housing ladder much more accessible, with lower deposits needing to be paid. It can also help older people to access appropriate accommodation, with certain shared ownership homes being solely aimed at those over 55. What it absolutely isn’t is being allocated shared accommodation with someone you don’t know.

This new book is aimed at conveyancers acting in respect of purchases, re-mortgages, and the sale of shared ownership properties, together with those dealing with any staircasing transactions. It contains guidance about what needs to be addressed in the lease, together with a range of other considerations that should be kept in mind when dealing with shared ownership property transactions.”

The Practical Guide to Shared Ownership has been launched at the same time as Paul Sams’ sixth book. Paul is the Head of Property at Dutton Gregory Solicitors and husband to Sarah. Mr Sams has co-written his latest book “New Build Conveyancing, The Essential Guide” with colleague Rebecca East. Both newly released books are available to purchaser via Amazon MarketPlace and direct from Law Brief Publishing.

Paul has over 20 years of experience in property law, and is actively involved in residential and commercial property and development law, with niche specialisms in leasehold enfranchisement matters and equity release. Rebecca East is a practising Solicitor based at Dutton Gregory’s Poole office. She handles all aspects of residential conveyancing, particularly new build purchases and equity release.

The Essential Guide, which the pair have co-written for the second time, outlines the basics of new build conveyancing, the planning and building regulations involved with conveyancing, as well as all the stages of the process, including: warranties, mortgages, and achieving completion.

The book is aimed at property professionals who are seeking to learn more about conveyancing for new homes. Due to the impact of Covid 19 on the housing market, there has also been an increasing demand from owner occupiers and investors wanting to better understand the transactional process. New build conveyancing is different from buying and selling existing properties, and there are many factors and issues affecting a new home, which is outlined in the book.

The book was released in April 2023, and is available to buy on Amazon MarketPlace.

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