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Extra costs to budget for when looking to buy a house

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Extra costs when buying a house

If you’re buying your first home, there’s a lot to think about. From insurance to legal help, there’s a long list of paperwork and tasks to sort out, most of which will come with a price. For a first time buyer, costs such as these can add up quickly and…

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Changes to Welsh Stamp Duty Tax

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Welsh Stamp Duty

  As of April 2018, the UK Stamp Duty Land Tax will be replaced in Wales, with the Land Transaction Tax (LTT). This change aims to help Welsh land and homeowners, making their needs a priority. This change also benefits those looking to buy or invest in property in Wales,…

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A step-by-step guide to negotiating a house price

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negotiating house price

If you’re looking to buy your first property, be it a flat or a house, knowing what to offer can be confusing. Even those who have moved home many times find the process of negotiating a house price challenging. It’s always tempting to offer the asking price to increase your…

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A guide to wills for cohabiting couples

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cohabiting couples rights

A will can help you to provide that much-needed financial security for your partner and your family when you pass away. If you and your partner are unmarried you’ll have different cohabitation rights to those who are married or in civil partnerships. Being aware of these rights can help you…

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Who qualifies for shared ownership?

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shared ownership

Shared ownership provides a more affordable means of buying a home for those who may not be able to afford a traditional mortgage. However, there are certain criteria to be mindful of if you’re considering this option. For those who are unsure of who qualifies for shared ownership, look no further.…

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How soon after buying a house should you draw up a will?

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When to make a will

Purchasing a property is one of the most significant life events that you will go through during your adult life. For many, buying a home also prompts planning for future life events; for example, writing a will to make sure family and friends are cared for after you pass on.…

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Should a first time buyer purchase a flat or a house?

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should i buy a house or a flat

Whether you’re looking for a new investment option or you’re ready to purchase your first home, it’s likely that you've asked yourself the question "should I buy a flat or a house as a first-time buyer?" Choosing between a house or flat is a big decision and one that has…

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How to research a neighbourhood before buying a house

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If you’re buying a property, there’s a never-ending list of things to consider. From arranging insurance to drawing up contracts, it’s important to make sure you’ve covered all bases before moving into your new home. One of the most difficult tasks on any buyer’s to-do list is figuring out how…

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Frequently Asked Questions surrounding the topic of wills

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Writing a Will FAQ

Wills and probate is a complicated topic, so it’s likely that you’ll have several questions when the time comes to draw up a your own will. If you’re looking to learn more about the process, our bank of FAQs should answer the main queries surrounding this topic. For those looking…

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The sales & purchases timeline for residential property

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No matter whether you’re buying or selling a property, the process can be long, complicated and difficult to understand. From arranging mortgages to exchanging contracts or managing surveys, there’s a lot to keep on top of. If you’re wondering ‘how long is the process of buying a house?’ or how…

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