Could my property purchase fall through?

When it comes to buying a new home, there are so many details to arrange, phone calls to make and nerves to settle. And, for all that it’s exciting to open the front door of your new home for the first time, the path to that point can be fraught and stressful. One reason for that stress is because until you exchange contracts, no one is legally bound to complete the transaction. That means anyone’s property purchase can fall-through until very late on in the process.

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Pros and Cons of Using a Removal Firm

When you buy a new place to live, moving home is one of the most stressful parts of the process. While exciting, it can also be incredibly hard work, and many people decide to hire the services of a removal firm to help them out. But is this always the best option for you? Here are some of the main pros and cons of using a removal company to help you decide.

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Freehold vs Leasehold

When it comes to homeownership, there are two important legal terms to know about: freehold and leasehold. These are the two main types of legal ownership of a property, and the difference between them is important because it can make a big difference when it comes to buying or selling your home.

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Why should you choose a new build?

It’s New Homes Week from 14th-20th May, and there’s a chance to look at all the ways in which a new build property can save you money. From building guarantees to incentive schemes from developers, buying a new home can be a great choice.

This year New Homes Week compares the cost of upgrading an older property to the high standard of a new-build, against buying new from the outset. It’s an interesting comparison that’s quite illuminating, and could put new build homes firmly in your spotlight.

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Does a new build work as a buy-to-let?

When it comes to utilising new build homes as buy-to-let investments, there are mixed views over the compatibility between the two. After-all, even though landlords know they have to provide safe, clean and secure accommodation for their tenants, renting out a brand-new home might not be the right investment.

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Second home buyers and landlords paid almost half of Britain's stamp duty last year

When it comes to encouraging property owners to pay their fair share of tax, a hike in stamp duty is often put forward as an option for doing this. And, research shows that after the changes to stamp duty rules in April 2017, that’s exactly what happened. The Government’s income from stamp duty payments rose £1.3 billion from 2016 – an increase that was largely due to the 3% additional stamp duty tax charge on BTL investors and buyers of second homes.

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