Conveyancing Blog

 

Downsizing - The Pros and Cons

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...

Housing Market Update

January is expected to be a quiet month. The property market as a whole is likely to slow down until after Brexit. London According to Rightmove, there were 19% fewer London properties which came onto the market in December 2018 compared to the year...

Attwells Solicitors voted best conveyancers in Suffolk by clients in recent property awards

Attwells Solicitors were voted the best in county for conveyancing in last week’s annual ESTAS Conveyancer Awards ceremony, hosted by Channel 4 Presenter Phil Spencer. The ESTAS Customer Service Awards for 2018 is the leading awards in the UK...

Land Registry Changes to combat fraud

Recently the Law Commission has published a draft Bill to update the Land Registration Act 2002 to help combat fraud. The Law Commission is setting out steps that conveyancers must take in order to verify the identity of their clients.  Failure to do...

Registering my document at the Land Registry, why should I bother?

In the UK, the Land Registry is the central database for all registered property documents. Technology now allows both solicitors and the public access to these documents at the click of the mouse (most of the time).  But other than convenience, why...

Growing Family? Moving into your next home.

Buying your next home, when your family is expanding, can be equally as exciting yet challenging at the same time. You may be embarking on the next chapter of your life when two become three, or maybe a further new arrival is on its way. Buying and selling...

Specialist Conveyancers managing more and more of the legal work of Home Buying

A recent poll by Infotrack has found that 43% of home-movers in 2017 chose to use a specialist conveyancer rather than a high street firm. This is up by a quarter from 3 years ago. 59% of home movers are shopping around for conveyancing quotes up from 24% 3...

Where are my Title Deeds?

One of the questions I get asked most in Post Completions is ‘where are my Title Deeds’.  It always starts with a client who purchased their property a few years ago ringing up in a panic because they are now wanting to sell and realise that...

Top 5 things to consider before making an offer on your next home

Moving is one of the most stressful things you will go through in your life. The Express Newspaper claims moving is more stressful then getting a divorce. Here at Attwells Solicitors we understand the impact buying or selling your home can have on your...

The Budget: What next for the UK property market?

The Chancellor today announced plans to abolished stamp duty for first time buyers and pledged a £44bn investment to help the growth of the UK property market. Public commentators and the media have been forecasting for weeks, predicting today’s...