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There has been a huge shift in the way people search for property over the last decade.  Only 3 per cent of buyers now find their new homes by looking in estate agents windows and most start their search for a property on online portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla. Accordingly the way we sell [&he...
The change in permitted development rights (PDR) may encourage surveyors to down value flats above shops and according to some property experts make it difficult or impossible to obtain a mortgage. Since  2015 PDR allows existing A1 or A2 (that is financial or professional services offices)  to be...
As soon as you accept an offer on your property it is important to ensure the smoothest path for your transaction.  It is therefore vital that you, the Seller, along with the Estate Agent appoint a solicitor in order to establish effective lines of communication at the earliest possible stage and m...
Couples with estates worth more than £2 million could consider giving away money and assets as tax-free gifts in order to bring their estate into the new tax-free band. Gifts must be given in the seven years before a person’s death in order to avoid tax. You can give away £3,000 each tax year w...
The old rules stated that properties valued at £325,000 or less were exempt from inheritance tax. Anything above this figure was taxed at 40 per cent. From April 6. 2017, individuals will be able to claim an additional £100,000 residence nil rate band  to offset the sale of a family home after a...
We have had several clients over the years raise the question as to whether you need permission to paint the outside of their house. The answer to this is that it depends on the property.  Planning rules known as permitted development rights allow defined categories of development to take place wit...

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There has been a huge shift in the way people search for property over the last ...
The change in permitted development rights (PDR) may encourage surveyors to down...
As soon as you accept an offer on your property it is important to ensure the sm...