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Christmas Employment Issues...An Employer's Guide

It’s fast approaching that time of the year where I receive questions from my employer clients regarding the Christmas period, a time of year that can often present employers with unique challenges. In this first of my series of Christmas Employment...

Buying your first home?

Whilst the average age of a first-time buyer in the UK may be 31, there’s nothing average about the feeling of excitement you get when you step through the door of your first home. However, getting a foothold on the property ladder can be as exhausting...

What to consider when selling your home?

Selling a property might be up there on the list of most stressful life events, but it’s also a necessary, and positive, part moving up the property ladder. If you’re considering putting your house on the property market, then Atwell Solicitors ...

Buying a house

Despite the gloomy prediction that we’re becoming a nation of renters, residential property sales actually increased in 2019 by about 1.3% over the previous year. Despite this modest increase, getting on the housing ladder can be tricky, but with a...

Should I write a will?

If you haven’t gotten around to writing your will, you aren’t alone. In fact, current figures suggest that around 55% of people in England don’t presently have a will in place. However, as Atwell Solicitors explain, it doesn’t have...

Local Solicitors Honour the Country's Fallen

Today the country has fallen silent to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Armistice Day marks the end of the First World War on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Local solicitors, Attwells located on North Hill...

Owning Property Together - Trust and Law

Private client legal expert Serena Ely offers some pearls of wisdom regarding Declarations of Trust. These are the two common stories Serena hears: If there is one sentence that would make me rich if I could earn 10p for every time I heard it in...

10 Things You Can Do To Move Home Before Christmas

Surprising as it may seem in the lead up to the festive season with thoughts consumed by shopping and Turkey the month of December is one of the busiest calendar months in your property solicitor’s year with a staggering amount of people moving home. ...

Will the forthcoming Autumn Budget be good news for First Time Buyers?

Sajid Javid will deliver his first Budget just days after the UK is due to leave the EU with reports suggesting he may make a U turn on his stamp duty stance. In 2017 a relief on stamp duty was announced by the then Chancellor Philip Hammond for first time...

What are the Pros and Cons to Downsizing?

If your youngest has finally made the leap and moved out of his beloved bedroom, you may be looking at the empty space and thinking about what to do with it. For some, that means an opportunity to create a mini-gym, guest bedroom or sleek home office. For...

What Happens To Your Home In The Event Of A Divorce or breakup?

If you and your partner have taken the decision to divorce or break up, then one of the big decisions you’ll have to make is what happens to your home. Aside from the emotional factors involved during this difficult time, the reality is that the home...

Moving Up The Property Ladder

There’s plenty of guidance out there for people buying their first house, yet when it comes to homeowners who want to move onto the next rung of the property ladder, advice is harder to come by. So whether your growing family needs more space, or...

Extending Your Home vs Moving Homes

Whilst houses don’t shrink, our lifestyles tend to expand. So if your spare room has become a nursery, and seating around the dining room table is at a premium, you’re likely asking that age old question: should I extend, or should I move? And as...

What is likely to happen to the Property Market after Brexit?

As I’m sure everyone is now aware the UK is due to leave the European Union on 31 st October. Depending on your viewpoint this is either a fearful time or one of relief. Whatever the outcome its safe to say nothing will change overnight, the more...

Buying your first home

Current estimates show that around 64% of the population owned their own home last year, a figure that continues to rise steadily, though it’s still far below the pre-recession peak of 71% that was seen in 2003. If you’re planning to join these...

How to escape the rent trap

In the current economy, many people see home ownership as a distant dream, and are facing up to the prospect of renting in perpetuity. However, the team at Attwells Solicitors don’t think it has to be that way, and have sound advice on escaping the so...

Securing a mortgage

Figures show that around three-quarters of mortgage applications were approved in the last fiscal quarter. This is a marked improvement from three years ago, when that same figure was just under 50%. Getting your mortgage secured is the first big step to...

Plans to change the shared ownership system will benefit first time buyers

During the conservative elections PM Boris Johnson pledged to give millions of young people the chance to own their own homes whilst vowing not to build on green belts. Today we may now have the details to how Mr Johnson plans to deliver on his promise, with...

Postcode House Prices

Here at Attwells Solicitors we are committed to stress free conveyancing, we do our upmost to speed up your transaction and pride ourselves on being great communicators. To help our clients move with ease we have created a postcode guide to property values...

Are you thinking of buying or selling a property?

Attwells Solicitors are property law and planning experts with offices in Colchester, Ipswich & North London. We believe in jargon-free law and transparent pricing. Unlike many other legal firms, especially in London we offer a no move, no fee guarantee....

Johnson vs Hunt: Their Property Ladder Strategy and How the Next PM Plans to Build Up Not Out!

On 23 rd July the Conservative Party will vote for a new leader who will become the next Prime Minister. Both candidates during The Final Showdown which was streamed on YouTube and on TalkRADIO discussed their strategy to help young people onto the property...

Government Proposals to Overhaul Leasehold Ownership

Following the consultation which took place last year the Government have revealed their proposals to remedy the issues which surround the residential leasehold market. The Government have split their proposals into four main categories: A ban on new...

Mind The Gap - Asking & Selling Prices

Yesterday reports of a widening gap between asking prices and selling prices were broadcast and published across the media. Although it’s fair to say residents or those seeking to move to the St. John’s Wood area would notice a gap, our data...

Planning for Your Future

The once Roman capital of Britain, Colchester is now the fastest growing town in East Anglia with pockets of communities and new infrastructure being built as part of new build sites.  Planning has been approved for construction on sites across...

FOR THE FIRST TIME BUYERS - Freehold or Leasehold

What is the Difference Between a Leasehold and Freehold property? Freehold When you purchase a freehold property, you own it outright, including all the land it is built on. If you buy a freehold you will be responsible for the repair and maintenance...