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A guide to negotiating a house price

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negotiating house price

If you’re looking to buy your first property, knowing what to offer can be confusing. It’s always tempting to offer the asking price to increase your chances of getting your dream home, but often, sellers are willing to accept a lower price. To find out more about how to haggle…

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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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Whether you’re looking for a new investment option or you’re ready to purchase your first home, it’s likely that you’ve toyed with the idea of purchasing a flat or house at some point during your search. Taking a detailed look at your options will provide you with all the information…

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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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Leasehold vs Freehold: What’s the difference & what’s best for me?

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  If you’re buying your first home, there are plenty of factors to consider, including whether to buy a leasehold or freehold property. It can be a little confusing to figure out what exactly the difference is between the two. Read on for our ultimate guide to leasehold and freehold…

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What does the interest rate rise mean for first-time buyers?

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On the 2nd November 2017, the Bank of England raised their interest rate for the first time in a decade. This means that the Bank of England base rate today is 0.5%, up from 0.25% in previous years. A rise of 0.25% may seem like a minuscule amount in real-life…

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