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With the UK average house price now £258,000, the furlough scheme coming to an end, rising energy costs, and the end of the stamp duty holiday, many fear the housing market will go from boom to bust. Early signs suggest this is not the case. While house price growth slowed in September to 0.1 per cent, areas of the country, particularly the Northwest, still appear to be an active market.
A deed of variation (DOV) – is a legal document usually drawn up by a solicitor that allows you (if you are the beneficiary of an estate) to make changes to a will, in the name of the deceased, after their death.
When you set up the trust, you nominate trustees who will decide how to deal with the assets in the trust. The term ‘discretionary’ means that the trustees have no right to the assets until such time as they are appointed to them – in other words when the trust comes into effect on your death
House prices in England rose at their fastest pace since 2004 last month after the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, extended stamp duty relief on property purchases, a Nationwide survey suggests. Property prices in England rose by 2.1 per cent in April. Compared to April 2020 this is a rise of 7.1 per cent. The survey suggests […]
The government will offer incentives to mortgage lenders in a bid to bring back 95% mortgages which have all but disappeared during the Coronavirus crisis.
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is considering extending the stamp duty holiday for a short period according to a newspaper report today. The Daily Telegraph, quoting an unnamed government source, says the Treasury may extend the stamp duty holiday deadline of 31 March 2021 by as much as six weeks– taking it to mid-May. The move […]
The government has extended the deadline of the current Help to Buy scheme. COVID-19-related delays of up to eight months meant that buyers of yet-to-be-completed new build properties were at risk of being unable to complete on the purchase before the end of the Help to Buy Scheme. History of Help to Buy In the […]
Introduced last year as a response to the pandemic, the chancellor’s tax concession means no stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is paid on the first £500,000 of a property sale. However, all rates are set to return to their pre-pandemic thresholds on 1 April. For buyers this will mean the end of a tax saving […]
It is not uncommon for clients that have written Wills with a firm to move house and relocate to other parts of the country. Due to these circumstances and the passage of time, clients may forget where their Will is stored or lose the copy of their Will, making it increasingly difficult for their loved […]
Delays in the building of new homes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic may mean thousands of property buyers will lose out if their homes are not ready before the end of the current Help to Buy loan scheme. The government launched the Help to Buy equity loan scheme in 2013 offering loans of up to 20 […]
Those looking to secure a new mortgage are experiencing problems as lenders struggle with demand and deal with pandemic-related staff absences. Mortgage lenders are finding it hard to cope with the excess demand for their products as buyers try to complete on their house purchase before the stamp duty holiday ends on March 31. Stamp […]
The Tory government faces a backbench rebellion over the plight of residents stuck in blocks of flats who face crippling bills to remove flammable cladding. Backbenchers are calling for an amendment to make it illegal for housing developers to pass on remediation costs to leaseholders. They are close to obtaining the 44 Conservative party member signatures […]
A record number of people have set up buy-to-let limited companies in 2020 despite problems with the housing market caused by the pandemic. Landlords created 41,700 buy-to-let firms last year, a 23 per cent increase from 2019. The number of buy-to-let companies has more than doubled since 2016 following the government’s introduction of tax changes […]
The scandal over shoddy flat construction is causing the housing market to see flat sales drop. According to Land Registry figures, the housing market saw flat sales halve in 2020. Thousands of flat-owners are unable to sell their apartments following the scandal caused by the Grenfell Tower fire which killed 72 people. Following the disaster, […]
MPs have announced plans to prepare the housing market for a move from leasehold to commonhold ownership. The move could save those with shorter leases thousands of pounds. Former council tenants who bought their homes in the 1980s are likely to be among those who will benefit. How will the proposed changes solve the problems […]
Mortgage lenders may class you as a first time buyer if you have no property to sell and do not have a mortgage currently. While each mortgage lender may differ in their definition of a first time buyer, HMRC do not. When it comes to home much stamp duty land tax (SDLT) you will pay, […]
The government’s Help to Buy scheme is changing in England. The government launched the Help-to-Buy scheme back in 2013 to help homebuyers purchase a new build with a small deposit. Original Help to Buy The original scheme allowed house hunters to purchase a new-build property worth up to £600,000 with a 5 per cent deposit […]
Local authority search services are buckling under the strain of homebuyers trying to beat the stamp duty (SDLT) deadline. Local Authorities are warning they cannot complete searches in time for home buyers to benefit from the stamp duty holiday which ends on 31 March 2021. Stamp Duty Holiday The chancellor raised the stamp duty threshold […]
When the country went into lockdown in March, the property market ground to a virtual standstill but when it came back, it was with a bang. ITV’s Tonight programme House Prices: Is the Boom Real?, looked at the factors driving the boom and whether it is sustainable in the long run. Despite uncertainty around the […]
Solicitors applying for a Grant of Probate on behalf of a client, are reporting problems and delays with the Probate Service, part of HM Courts and Tribunals. The probate service has closed local offices and now uses regional bases to scan documents from people and solicitors who use the online form. At the same time, […]