House Buying Advice and Guides

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Viewings in light of COVID-19

If you're in the process of finding a new home, moving, looking to view houses or hosting viewings, you will understandably have questions about whether to go ahead with these during development of the Coronavirus pandemic. Take a look at this guide for our latest advice. Read more...

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The complete Stamp Duty & land tax guide

When it comes to buying a home, there are a lot of expenses you need to take into consideration. Along with legal costs and agent fees, it is likely that you will also have to pay stamp duty or land tax. Read more...

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How to make an offer on your dream home

NAEA Propertymark Board member Ian Harris uses his estate agency experience to help make the process of making an offer on a property easier. Read more...

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How to choose a solicitor or conveyancer when buying a house

Once you have agreed a sale, you will need a solicitor or a conveyancer to transfer the legal ownership of the property from the seller. Read more...

 

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UK guide to first time buyer schemes

Are you looking to buy your first home but not sure where to start? Here are our top tips for first-time buyers looking to get onto the property ladder. More info...

 

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What documents and proof does your estate agent need?

When buying a property, your estate agent will ask you to confirm your ID, which is standard practice, however, they will also ask you where you have secured your money from to buy the property. Here we explain why they do it and what you need to provide. More info...

 

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Septic tanks and small sewage discharges

From 1 January 2020, all septic tanks in England can no longer discharge untreated sewage into a watercourse. If your discharge causes pollution it may be considered an offence and can result in the Environment Agency taking enforcement action against you. More info...

 

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Before you make an offer

Purchasing a property is a big decision and making sure you know everything you need to before committing to the sale will avoid any disappointment or problems further down the line of the buying process. More info...

 

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The costs of buying a property

When you have found a property you want to purchase, there are various costs involved other than the price of the property itself.  More info...

 

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Getting a property survey

A survey is a report on the condition of a property that can determine what repairs are needed, any structural damage or faults and an estimate of the property’s value. But which one should you get? More info...

 

Tax

6 tips to help first time buyers get on the property ladder [VIDEO]

Are you looking to buy your first home but not sure where to start? Here are our top tips for first-time buyers looking to get onto the property ladder. More info...

Mortgages on a house

Mortgages guide

When buying a property, in most cases you will need a mortgage to cover the overall costs. This guide explores everything you need to know about mortgages, including how to find a mortgage that works for you. More info...

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Local authority and council housing responsibilities

Whether you’re a buyer, seller, landlord or tenant; there will be different services that your local authority is responsible for that will be useful to you. This guide goes through some of the services available from your council when it comes to housing and property. More info...

New Build houses

New build homes  pros and cons

New build houses are a popular choice of home, especially for first-time buyers, but there are factors to be aware of before deciding on buying one. More info...

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Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA)

In July 2019, a report was given to Government by the Regulation of Property Agents working group, outlining how letting and estate agents should be regulated in future. But what will this mean for landlords, tenants and homeowners? More info...

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Listed buildings

If you are thinking of owning a particularly old property, there could be a chance that it is considered a listed building. If this is the case, there are some important rules and laws you need to be aware of. More info...

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How to speed up your property purchase

Find out what you can do to speed up the process when buying a property. From getting your mortgage in principle, hiring a solicitor and getting all searches and surveys completed. More info...

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What is Help to Buy?

We have looked at the available Government options and condensed them into an easy bitesize guide so you can see they could help you get on the property ladder. More info...

First Time Buyers

A guide to Shared Ownership

If you can't afford to buy a property outright, shared ownership can be a great way to get a foot on the property ladder as it allows you to buy a share of a home. We explain how it works. More info...

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Deposits  how much do you need to save?

If you're getting a mortgage for your home, you'll need to save a percentage of the price. Find out how much here. More info...

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A guide to downsizing (or right-sizing)

The thought of downsizing can be a little overwhelming, especially if you have lived in a property for many years, and so attempting to sort through and, in some cases, throw out, your belongings can seem like an endless task. More info...

Auction

15 things you need to know about buying a property at auction

Have you ever thought about buying your next home at auction? Auctions are a great way to avoid lengthy and uncertain buying procedures, and bag a bargain. We have put together some key essential points to consider, to help you buy your dream property at auction. More info...

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More than half of Brits face issues with rogue property agents

More than half of those who bought, sold or rented a home in the last five years had issues with their estate or letting agent. However, the majority didn’t check if their agent was regulated or part of a professional body before signing the contract. More info...

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How we protect you

You need an agent that you can trust and rely on when issues arise. The quality of the agent makes a real difference. More info...

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Freehold vs leasehold: the key differences

In this video experienced estate agent, Ian Harris discusses the key differences between freehold and leasehold properties. More info...

 

 

 

New Build House

Changes to leasehold houses and a New Homes Ombudsman

The Government has announced plans to abolish leaseholds on new-build houses. A New Homes Ombudsman is also going to be created for the UK to tackle problems faced by new-build owners. More info...

 

 

 

Houses

What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Did you know that four in 10 new properties in England and Wales are now sold as leasehold, ranging from one bedroom flats in city centres, to four bedroom detached homes in rural areas? More info...

Houses

Should you buy the freehold to your flat?

If you own a flat it is likely that you will not hold the freehold to the property. You will most likely be paying, not only your mortgage but also ground rent to the owner of the freehold. So what are the benefits and pitfalls of buying the freehold? More info...

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Home identity fraud protection

Home identity fraud is increasing and the Land Registry are now called upon to carry out tougher security checks before making changes to housing deeds. More info...

How to buy guide

UK Government's How to Buy guide

The UK Government have put together a guide to help people that are buying a home in England and Wales. Read more...

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Estate agency terms explained

When it comes to buying a house, there can be a lot to get your head around, so here is a list of common estate agency terms to will help you beat the jargon. Read more...

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Improving the house buying process in England

Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a call for evidence on how to make buying a home cheaper, faster and less stressful. Read more...

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