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Great news for the North East as Thirteen Housing Group announces plans to invest over £1 billion over the next five years into improving homes for existing customers as well as building new homes.  Some of these new homes will be available on the Help to Buy: Shared Ownership scheme. You can read more about...
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Increasingly over the last year more and more people have been looking to benefit from an Empty Homes Grant. This is a Local Authority grant available where buyers who are purchasing properties which have been vacant for 6 months or more can received a £5000 grant provided that the property is occupied within 3 months...
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A Government Help to Buy ISA is to help any first time buyer towards their purchase of their first ever home. You can open one with any amount of money up to £1,200.00, and then on a monthly basis you can save up to £200.00. Most banks have this facility, and once you have found...
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Japanese Knotweed can be a thorn in a homeowner’s side.  The plant can appear as small as 3cm tall and halt your house sale, stopping the purchase of your brand new home in its tracks.  If a valuation  detects the presence of Japanese Knotweed or such a fact is disclosed during the conveyancing process, a...
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When a property is purchased it usually has to be registered at HM Land Registry. The registration gives details on the title plan ofthe location of the property’s boundaries. In the majority of cases these boundaries are not fixed but give a general indication of where the boundary between properties lies. This can cause problems...
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When completing the Property Information Form during the process of selling a house, you are required to state whether or not the property is affected by Japanese knotweed. It is essential that you answer truthfully. If you answer untruthfully “no” or “don’t know” your buyer can come back to you and either rescind the contract...
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You’ve had an offer accepted on a property you want to buy so the only thing that matters now is getting to a completion date as quickly as possible, right? So how long will it take? This is a question that we are asked frequently.  If there is no chain involved, the time from initial...
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As we move into February, it may be the case that this year you want to make some alterations, extensions or improvements to your property that you originally aimed to do in 2016 but never got round to. The first thing to consider is whether your proposed development requires planning permission. For some simple residential...
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On 1 April 2016, the government increased the rates for Stamp Duty Land Tax for people buying an additional property. Most people thought that the higher rates only applied to those with a weekend or holiday home, or buy-to-let landlords. The reality is somewhat different, and the higher rates apply to far more people than...
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The Help to Buy ISA Scheme is available through certain banks and building societies and aims to help people trying to save a deposit for their first home. Through the Scheme, the Government will boost your Help to Buy ISA savings by 25%. This applies to savings in the first month of up to £1,200,...
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