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What is the Difference Between Leasehold and Freehold?

Whilst you may fall in love with a particular property and set your heart on buying it, there is one crucial legality that should not be overlooked – the terms on which you will own that property. In England there are two forms of home ownership – freehold and leasehold – and it makes all…

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Party Wall Agreements – What You Need to Know

Keeping on good terms with your neighbours is always a good thing – after all, you never know when you might need to ask a favour. And having a good relationship is always the best starting point if you are going to be having work done to your property. The purpose of the Party Wall…

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How Much Would it Cost to Rebuild Your Property?

Do you know what it would cost to rebuild your property if it suffered serious damage? Chances are the answer is probably not. But increasingly home owners are expected to supply an accurate rebuild cost to insurance companies when taking out a buildings insurance policy. And this is where potential problems can arise. Imagine –…

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Why you shouldn’t rely on just a mortgage valuation

Buying a property brings with it an endless list of things to be done – even if the sale goes smoothly there is plenty of stress to be had. So it’s little wonder that opportunities to make life easier can be so attractive, even if it means paying a premium for a removals company to do all your packing!

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Are We Facing a Housing Crisis?

So RICS has just announced that house price inflation is likely to hit 6% this year, revised from 3%, and it’s all down to the lack of available properties. It’s a double whammy for anyone trying to get on the property ladder or wanting to move, especially when you factor in the average price of a house currently just over £200,000.

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The Rise and Rise of Generation Rent

In other countries it’s the norm to rent. In the UK, we seem to have an inherent desire to own our homes and being a home owner says something about one’s social status, however consciously or subconsciously. For the under-40s who are becoming Generation Rent it is an unfortunate and frustrating time.

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