Tips for selling your home in a flat market

Experts predict the housing market will face some challenging times in the months ahead as the number of sales continue to fall. With the average house now taking more than 19 weeks to sell, the outlook may appear disheartening if you want to sell. There are still buyers out there, searching for their next home […]

The best mortgage lender of all?

A report out today reveals the average parental contribution for homebuyers this year is £24,100, up by more than £6,000 compared to last year. The report, by Legal & General (L&G), shows that, collectively, parents have given £6.3bn, high enough to rank the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ 10th if it were a mortgage lender. […]

The House Purchasing Process

So you’ve made an offer on a place and it has been accepted. Now it’s time to get the ball rolling on legally transferring the ownership to you. Anjum Khaliq of our conveyancing team sets out the process… Purchase PackThe purchase pack is the initial documentation, containing terms and conditions and the client information questionnaire. […]

Indemnity policies explained

If you’re selling a property, you may find the buyer’s solicitors and the mortgage lenders insist on an indemnity policy being in place before the sale can go ahead. If you’re buying a property, your conveyancing solicitor may advise that a policy should be purchased before you proceed. In this article, property specialist Eve Crampsie […]

Buying a retirement home: Things to consider

The United Kingdom’s population is aging rapidly and, fortunately, higher living standards mean most of us will enjoy a long and active retirement. As we grow older our housing needs often change and, if you are approaching retirement you may have already started to think about your options. Here, Sarah Trickey, our residential conveyancing expert, […]

Choosing a law firm? Why it’s smart to keep it local

There are many benefits to using a local solicitor rather than a remote or online service supplier. The most obvious one is that you are in the same area, which makes certain stages of the transaction – for instance producing identification documents at the start of your matter or signing documents when you are edging […]

Bank of Mum and Dad: Go in with your eyes open

Have you heard of The Bank of Mum and Dad? It’s been around for as long as any of us can remember, but from humble beginnings – 50 quid to buy a car back in the 60s, £250 toward a wedding in the 70s, perhaps £500 toward the deposit for a flat in the 80s […]