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UK homeowners cutting prices

Figures show that 35% of homes up for sale have cut their value, with the Brexit vote to blame for the biggest discounts in London. Price cutting by homeowners desperate to shift their property in a slowing market has reached the highest levels in six years ...

Recent News - A Royal Will

In recent news, it has been reported that the High Court in London has given one of the Queens archivists, Oliver Irvine, permission to open the envelope containing the Last Will and Testament of the Duke of Windsor. The Duke of Windsor, who was King Edward...

First time buyer deposits

According to new research the average deposit put down by first time buyers in the UK is £51,821 which could rise to £65,930 in five years and in 10 years reach £81,468.  It also reveals that a quarter of first time buyers...

First Time Buyers

If you are a first time buyer, follow our tips to start your property hunt. Work out your budget Before you start looking at properties, work out your budget. Most banks will lend about four times your salary. There are some deals available for buyers...

Death Bed Gifts

Donatio Mortis Causa also referred to as a death bed gift is when someone makes a gift in contemplation of death and the gift is conditional on their death. To make a valid death bed gift, the gift has to be made in contemplation of death and only vests on...

Stamp Duty and First Time Buyers

On 22 November 2017 relief from stamp duty for first time buyers was introduced. The relief applies to purchases of residential property for £500,000 or less, provided the purchaser intends to occupy the property as their only or main residence. In...

Can life support be withdrawn by a Doctor without a Court Order?

It has long been thought that for a Doctor to withdraw life support from a dying patient a Court Order was needed. However  in the recent case of M v A Hospital 2017 it is been confirmed by the High Court that doctors do not need a Court of Protection...

Is a Text Message a valid Will in Australia?

In a recent news article, it has been reported that the Queensland Supreme Court has validated an unsent text as an official Will. The 55 year old man in question, took his own life, and left a typed Will in his drafts folder on his mobile phone. As well...

Interest Rate Rise and the Property Market

The Bank of England has raised the interest rate for the first time since 2007. The rate has risen from 0.25% to 0.5%.   Recent research has indicated that the anticipated rise in the interest rate will have minimal impact on the property market...

Calls made for Stamp Duty Reform

  Calls for a reform on stamp duty have been made as ordinary homeowners have hit by a tax aimed at buy to let landlords.   An extra 3% stamp duty surcharge was introduced in April 2016 for anyone buying an additional property.   ...
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