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New Planning Rules: Adding Extra Floors To Your House

New Planning Rules: Adding Extra Floors To Your House

  New Planning Rules - Is The Freedom to Add 2 Extra Floors To Your House A Good Idea?   The BBC have announced that the government are intending to relax 'Permitted Development' planning rules so that homeowners in England will be 'permitted to add two extra...

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What Does The Stamp Duty Holiday Mean For House Prices?

What Does The Stamp Duty Holiday Mean For House Prices?

  How Will The Stamp Duty Cut Affect House Prices?   The big question is whether cutting stamp duty (aka 'Stamp Duty Land Tax' or SDLT) for people buying homes will get the UK economy moving, as the government desperately hopes. Either way, there are big savings...

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Why are houses prices so high compared to incomes?

Why are houses prices so high compared to incomes?

  Why Are House Prices So High? As of March 2020 the average house price in the UK was £231,855 according to the Land Registry. Figures for average UK individual earnings (salaries / wages) are harder to pin down. Much depends on things like the geographical area...

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Getting Everything Ready For Completion Day

Getting Everything Ready For Completion Day

  Things You Need Get Sorted Before Moving   The period between Exchange of Contracts and finally moving in to your new home on Completion Day can feel rather weird. Legally you don't actually own the new place yet, but effectively  you are already the new owner...

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Post-Exchange: Move It Yourself – DIY Removals

Post-Exchange: Move It Yourself – DIY Removals

  Saving Money with DIY Moving By now your bank account may be looking rather anaemic from lack of funds. As a buyer you will already have had to set money aside to pay for things like stamp duty 'land tax', mortgage arrangement fees, valuation fees,  surveys and of...

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Are we heading for a property crash?

Are we heading for a property crash?

  Only one key ingredient isn't in place for a property crash   Larry Elliot is the Economics Editor of The Guardian and his assessment of the likelihood of a property crash doesn't make happy reading for anyone who's already on the 'property ladder'. Essentially...

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Post-Exchange: Getting Ready For The Big Move

Post-Exchange: Getting Ready For The Big Move

  Getting Ready to Move   What a relief!  Finally you've exchanged contracts and your house/flat purchase is in the bag. There will now be a short interlude between Exchange and Completion, typically lasting a couple of weeks (this will have been agreed in...

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What If There’s A Right Of Way Over Your Property?

What If There’s A Right Of Way Over Your Property?

  Ramblers Welcome?   It’s Day One in your new home. Suddenly you spy a party of ramblers hiking across your garden. Turns out they have a perfect legal right to cross your land (land is legally referred to as ‘property’). So how can you tell if there’s a hidden right...

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