1st-time buyers start to lower expectations of home ownership

August 8th, 2017

As it becomes ever tougher for first-time buyers to achieve their goal of home ownership, those working to get their foot on the first rung of the property ladder have started to lower their expectations.

Extreme weather risk makes Residential Flood Search essential for home buyers

July 25th, 2017

Households across England and Wales have been warned to prepare for more severe weather and a higher risk of flooding. The coastal village of Coverack, in Cornwall, was struck by flash floods in July after a summer storm left the village in chaos. Several residents were airlifted to safety by helicopter as homes and belongings were left ruined.

Government moves to ban 'feudal' leasehold on newbuild homes in England

July 25th, 2017

The Government is to ban builders from selling newbuild homes as leasehold while also reducing ground rent.

Amenities and parking more important than price for house-hunters

July 18th, 2017

What do you look for when you're house-hunting? The area and its amenities are just as important as the price​, according to a new survey.

How to take the pain out of applying for a mortgage

July 11th, 2017

Applying for a mortgage can often seem like an exercise in endless jumping through hoops. You can apply online and even see in a matter of minutes what a lender might be prepared to lend you, but you'll still have to dig up a vast amount of information on your finances once you want to progress an application

The 'missing movers' who have fallen out of the property market

July 5th, 2017

The UK property market has never seemed to face a shortage of buyers. Demand most certainly outstrips supply across much of the country. But could the reason for that increased demand, that shortage of available property, be so-called "missing movers"?

The best rural places to live to increase your chance of happiness

June 8th, 2017

More than 80 percent of the UK population live in urban areas. But the appeal of moving to the countryside remains strong.

UK housing and the general election: What the major parties are promising

June 7th, 2017

The UK goes to the polls on Thursday, June 8 to elect a new government whose first task will be to negotiate our exit from the European Union.

The 5-star review that shows how using Homeward Legal's online conveyancing service is safe as houses

June 7th, 2017

Using Homeward Legal's services to find a specialist solicitor or conveyancer to carry out the essential conveyancing needed to complete a house purchase or sale has never been easier – or safer.

House price survey shows we do like to be beside the seaside

June 1st, 2017

The Great British seaside resort has never been more popular as a destination for home buyers.

Housebuilding at its highest level in England in a decade

May 26th, 2017

Housebuilding in England is at its highest level in 10 years. However, the number being constructed is still not enough to reach the current government target of 1 million new homes by 2020.

How long should conveyancing take?

May 17th, 2017

How long does conveyancing take? It's the ultimate million-dollar question in property, but it's one without a definitive answer.

Simple but effective steps can keep the conveyancing process digitally secure

May 10th, 2017

A property purchase is one of the biggest financial commitments most people will make. And we need to know that our money is safe during the final transaction part of the conveyancing process. However, the risk of digital fraud has increased as more buyers and sellers use emails and online banking to seal the deal

Keeping the conveyancing process stay safe as houses online

May 10th, 2017

Digital fraud is a concern in the conveyancing process, where criminals divert the funds from the buyer or to the seller by hacking into the email accounts of either the conveyancing firm or the individuals involved, and sometimes both.

Cyber criminals exploiting ‘digital safety gap’ in conveyancing process

May 10th, 2017

New research has revealed that many house buyers are vulnerable to online swindlers who intercept legitimate emails from conveyancing solicitors and persuade the buyer to transfer thousands of pounds to the fraudsters' bank account instead.

Blockchain brings digital smart contracts closer in conveyancing process

May 3rd, 2017

Digital smart contracts are a step closer to replacing traditional paper trails in the conveyancing process after a trial using blockchain technology successfully allowed titles to be exchanged with no risk from hackers.

'Bank of Mum and Dad' will lend young housebuyers £6bn in 2017

May 3rd, 2017

Around a quarter of all house buyers in the UK in 2016 needed top-up funding to buy from the so-called Bank of Mum and Dad (Bomad).

Could affordable housing with the bare necessities boost the UK property market?

May 2nd, 2017

A new style of "naked" housing could help revolutionise the UK's property market to make homes more affordable for first-time buyers.

Pioneering contract exchange with e-signature could help speed up conveyancing process

April 19th, 2017

The world of conveyancing moved a step further into the 21st century this month with the first-ever electronic e-signature exchange of contracts on a UK residential property transaction.

What the general election could mean for the UK property market

April 19th, 2017

The Prime Minister's decision to call a snap general election could have far-reaching but positive consequences for the UK's property market.

Reach for the sky with high-rise living

April 13th, 2017

High-rise living is undergoing a renaissance in Britain with developers and planners looking up to find ways to create more affordable and more widely available housing.

Ups and slight downs in UK property market

April 13th, 2017

The average price of a UK house increased by 5.8 percent in the year to February 2017, up from 5.3 percent in the year to January. But those February figures are still well below the 7.3 percent average annual house price growth seen across the UK in 2016.

A helping hand for house buyers

March 30th, 2017

The desire to get on the property ladder in the UK shows no signs of abating, despite prices continuing to rise and demand far outstripping supply at the moment.

The biggest barrier is, of course, cost. Many people, in particular first-time buyers, struggle to get together enough to put down as a deposit once they’ve found a place they want to buy.

There are several government-backed schemes that can offer help depending on your circumstances. We outline them here.

Virtual reality bites in house-hunting

March 23rd, 2017

House-hunting has changed radically since the days of trudging round estate agents and buying the local paper to check its weekly property pages. Online listings mean we can find, assess and see potential properties in a matter of seconds.

However, we usually still have to actually go and physically check out any house that takes our fancy  until now.

Radical shake-up of conveyancing process proposed

March 15th, 2017

Moves are underway to simplify and modernise the conveyancing process by which homes are sold in England and Wales. The Conveyancing Association (CA), the trade body for the industry in the UK, has published a strategic plan for reform.

11 buyers chase every property on sale

March 2nd, 2017

An astonishing 11 buyers are chasing every property on the market, according to UK estate agents.

Keeping the price right for first-time buyers

February 23rd, 2017

First-time buyers remain a key part of the homebuying process in the UK. February 13-26 marks First Time Buyers Fortnight, an annual event designed to encourage and inspire young people in particular to get on to the property ladder

The unusual places we now call home

February 23rd, 2017

Picture your dream home and what comes to mind? A baronial castle? A classy Victorian villa? A penthouse apartment with sea views?

Or maybe what floats your boat is… a boat. Or something normally seen floating ON a boat, a shipping container, for example.

December rise helps UK house prices buck seasonal trend

February 17th, 2017

UK house prices bucked the seasonal trend at the end of 2016, rising by an average of 7.2 percent. Office for National Statistics on February 14.

First-time Buyer Scammed Out of £74,000 in Conveyancing Cybercrime Case

January 24th, 2017

First-time buyer, Howard Mollett, became the latest victim of conveyancing cybercrime when he transferred £74,000 to someone posing as his solicitor online.

How Much Should My Stamp Duty Be?

January 17th, 2017

“How much will my Stamp Duty be?” is one of the most common questions we receive here at Homeward Legal, and it’s no wonder, since this can often be the most expensive part of your conveyancing fees. So, let’s get a little clarity on the subject…

New Starter Home Scheme to Give First Time Buyers 20% Off

January 4th, 2017

The government confirmed plans yesterday to provide funding for its new ‘Starter Homes’ scheme. Around 30 local authorities across the country will be offering 20% discounts on new homes to first time buyers.The new Starter Homes scheme will see property developers building an estimated 200,000 new homes for first time buyers, and the government will be discounting the prices by 20%, making new homes much cheaper for young families and couples.

What to Consider When Moving to London

December 13th, 2016

Moving to London can be equal measures of excitement and terror – where is the best place to live? Can I afford it? How will I make sure I get the house I want in such a competitive market? We’ve put together a brief guide of what to consider when moving to London, so you can focus on the exciting parts of buying property in the city.

Could Brexit Mean Good News for House Sales in Outer London?

November 15th, 2016

A recent article in the Metro states that since Brexit, the property market has seen decreasing prices in central London, while in the city’s surrounding areas, house prices are slowly creeping up.

How Much Does It Cost to Move House in Total?

November 9th, 2016

Everybody knows that moving home is a big expense, but no one seems to know exactly how much it’s meant to cost. We’ve outlined all the expenses you can expect to pay when moving home, so you can budget in advance and avoid any pricey surprises.

Three Things Every First Time Buyer Should Know

October 20th, 2016

Buying a house can be a daunting prospect, whether you’re a first time buyer, or a seasoned pro, but when you’ve never gone through the process before it can be helpful to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into, how much everything should cost, and who you can turn to if it all gets a bit much!

The Average Cost of Home Removals

October 13th, 2016

Moving home in the UK costs an average of £1,200 based on moving costs supplied by national home removals company, Pickfords. This price may be slightly higher or lower depending on the size of the house and the distance being moved, and does not include extra costs involved in buying or selling a property like conveyancing, surveys and Stamp Duty.

The Pros and Cons of Buying a New Build Property

October 11th, 2016

Buying a new build home is becoming a more popular choice, particularly for first time buyers and those using the government’s Help to Buy scheme, but despite the fact that a new build is brand new, there are still some downsides you need to watch out for before you buy…

Homeward Legal’s Quick Quote System Just Got Quicker

October 6th, 2016

At Homeward Legal we are happy to announce that we have just improved our quick quote system for home buyers and sellers so you can get your conveyancing quotes even quicker than before.

A Short Guide to Conveyancing Searches

October 3rd, 2016

Conveyancing can be a confusing process, and searches in particular can seem pretty complicated, but they don’t have to be. We know you don’t need the ins and outs of every single search, but you would like to have an idea of what it all means, so we’ve compiled this quick guide to tell you everything you need to know, and no more (unless you want more, then just read the links too!).

How to Remortgage a Help to Buy Equity Loan

September 26th, 2016

Many people want to cut their loan amounts and remortgaging seems a smart way to do it, but when you have a Help to Buy loan, everything works a little differently and you might need some solid advice to get the best deal.

Survey Shows That Selling a House is the Most Stressful Life Experience

September 22nd, 2016

A recent survey has revealed that the most stressful event in someone’s life is selling a house. This comes as no surprise due to the pressure involved in selling a property, but the survey also revealed some other widely held beliefs that we weren’t so sure about.

Is My Conveyancing Solicitor Too Expensive?

September 20th, 2016

Price is everything, or it is when you’re already forking out hundreds of thousands on a property! But how do you know if your conveyancing solicitor is good value? And is cheapest always best? We’ve tackled the top price related questions here for you so you can make sure you get the best conveyancing deal available.

3 Examples Where One Conveyancing Quote Does Not Fit All

September 15th, 2016

When we talk about ‘bespoke conveyancing’, we mean a conveyancing quote that is completely tailored to your specific needs. While this is beneficial for everyone looking to buy or sell, there are some special situations where a one-size-fits-all model just won’t cut it.

Everything You Need to Know about Buying a Listed Property

September 12th, 2016

Listed properties can make beautiful homes, but there are some things you need to be aware of before you buy. One of these is the potential restrictions that these properties can come with, and what you should do when faced with repairs on your delicate new home.

Gazumping Gazundering & Gazanging: What’s the Deal?

August 30th, 2016

These funny words may sound like something out of a Lewis Carroll or Dr Seuss book, but they’re actually related to conveyancing and really not quite as fun as they sound – particularly for the person on the receiving end!

Buying a house? It’s Time to Write a Will

August 23rd, 2016

At Homeward Legal we understand that buying a house is a huge investment, particularly if you are a first time buyer. While our focus is on conveyancing, we want to help you keep your property in the family as long as possible which means thinking about making a will, so we’ve teamed up with Best Value Wills to give you all the info you need to keep your property in safe hands.

Why Homeward Legal is Focussing on Bespoke Conveyancing

August 15th, 2016

'Bespoke conveyancing’ gives you exactly what you need based on your requirements. Instead of getting a one-size-fits-all package, we tailor our conveyancing to your needs to ensure that everything runs smoothly with your move.

What Are the Average Conveyancing Fees in 2016?

August 9th, 2016

Conveyancing fees can vary hugely, making them pretty difficult to pin down. A few years back, all solicitors had to charge the same amount, but today the fees vary as widely as the cost of property itself. If you’re in the market for a conveyancing solicitor, there are a few things you should take into consideration before taking the plunge based on price alone.

Home Buyer Essentials: Introducing Street Talking - a neighbourhood report

July 31st, 2016

Street Talking is a new generation of neighbourhood intelligence report, and is now part of the property searches with Homeward Legal. Designed to support prospective home buyers with their decision, it provides a range of buyer-friendly useful information to paint an accurate picture to show all sides of the property. The report includes essential data to evaluate the property in a particular area, and includes social neighbourhood data.

The 5 Top Conveyancing Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

July 25th, 2016

The world of conveyancing is filled with myths about the quality, price and time it takes for the conveyancing process to be completed, but at Homeward Legal, we want to make sure you know exactly what to avoid, and what you can expect with an experienced and reputable property solicitor.

How to Sell a Probate Property

July 7th, 2016

If you’ve been left a property in someone’s will, this can be a difficult time. Most people will want to sell the house quickly for emotional reasons or to prevent high maintenance costs, but selling a house in Probate is a little more complicated than a regular sale. Here we’ve outlined everything you need to know about selling a Probate property…

Are you looking for quick conveyancing?

July 6th, 2016

You may be thinking about buying or selling a property, or you are fairly far down the line. Either way, like many others, you may be uncertain about the current market and want to complete sooner rather than later.

Overseas Investors to Benefit from Brexit

July 5th, 2016

This increase in interest will be due to rumours of a dip in house prices – great news for those looking to get their feet on the desirable London property ladder and of course their Euro or Dollar is going further against the pound

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Finding a Conveyancer

June 8th, 2016

Moving house is confusing enough without the added pressure of finding a conveyancer, and for the average person a conveyancer’s role is pretty confusing in itself. It would help if we knew what we were actually looking for, and what questions to ask once we find one…

How You Can Make Conveyancing Simpler and Faster

June 6th, 2016

Moving home is one of the most stressful experiences most of us have to face. So we are here to try and take the stress out of things by helping you with all aspects of conveyancing.

Making Conveyancing Quicker and Cheaper: should we scrap 'Buyer Beware'?

May 18th, 2016

Scrapping the ‘Buyer Beware’ rule might make conveyancing quicker and cheaper. Homeward Legal looks at how to make a smoother legal process for home buyers and sellers.

Homeward Legal earns one hundred excellent reviews

May 4th, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Homeward Legal has now hit a major milestone in positive reviews from conveyancing clients.

There are now over one hundred excellent reviews for Homeward Legal on the trusted unbiased reviews site Trustpilot.

Ways to speed up Conveyancing - changing the contract timeline

May 1st, 2016

Abolishing written contracts could stop property sales falling through – but might create more problems.

Why Homeward Legal offers a No Move, No Fee Guarantee

October 28th, 2015

About a third of all agreed property deals fall through, often very late in the day. When this happens both buyers and sellers often find that their solicitor or other conveyancer will charge them for the work done, even if it was the seller who withdrew. And the fees paid by the buyer for local searches will be wasted.

With Homeward Legal's 'No move – No fee' and 'SearchPlus Protection' guarantees you won't have this worry. 

If your purchase or sale falls through you won't have to pay any solicitor's costs for abortive work. And you won't have to pay additional search fees when you buy another property.

Should clients worry about their solicitor's indemnity insurance cover?

July 25th, 2014

You probably won't think of checking the amount of cover that your solicitor has, but should you?

More affordable homes to be built as Government releases millions

July 10th, 2014

Millions of pounds is going to be made available which councils can apply to borrow so that they can build affordable homes.

Judge decides squatters can still claim possessory title to houses

June 30th, 2014

The High Court has recently had to consider a case which quite frankly needed never to have been brought

Don't cut mortgage lending – get more homes built

June 26th, 2014

But imposing such restrictions could freeze first-time buyers out of the market

Conveyancing transaction times could be reduced to five days

June 3rd, 2014

eConveyancing may well require a complete re-think of the way things are done but it could reduce conveyancing times significantly

Don't fall into the leasehold property time trap

May 30th, 2014

If you have owned a leasehold property for any length of time, check how long you have left on the lease. Your home could be in danger of serious loss to its value!

Chancel Repair Liability – an unholy mess

May 10th, 2014

Many home owners in the UK may have to pay the repair costs of a local church – even if they have no connection with that church!

Will mortgage stress-testing cause stress to home buyers?

April 29th, 2014

You can now expect a much more intrusive investigation of both your income and expenditure, and may have to attend an interview with a lender even when you are applying through a broker.

We are now members of the Conveyancing Exchange

April 11th, 2014

We are absolutely delighted to be working with The Conveyancing Exchange as it validates our "agent is a client too" approach to conveyancing.

Law Society criticises Land Registry takeover of Local Land Charges

March 27th, 2014

The Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, says that these plans “could lead to a worse service for conveyancers

Help to Buy for New Homes Still Growing in Popularity Till 2020

March 24th, 2014

Since the former Chancellor’s pre-budget announcement that the Help to Buy new home scheme is being extended till 2020, the number of people taking advantage of the scheme has risen.

Are solicitors to blame if they send purchase money to fraudsters?

March 10th, 2014

A recent judgement may require buyer's solicitors to directly with the seller

Fast e-Conveyancing works in OZ – so let’s have it in the UK

October 31st, 2013

e-Conveyancing has launched in Victoria and soon across the whole of Australia. This means faster conveyancing for home movers. So why can't we have it in the UK?

More entrants to the legal services market may be bad for competition

October 28th, 2013

It sounds counter intuitive but it may be that more players in the legal sector could ultimately be a bad thing for competition in the long run

Ancient church law still causing headaches for homeowners

October 24th, 2013

If you already own a home and have not received a notice by 13th Oct - can you assume that you are free of any potential financial liability?

Surge in mortgage lending boosts the housing market

July 4th, 2013

Hot on the heels of recent reports of increased activity in the housing market comes news that mortgage lending is accelerating strongly

Buying a tenanted property - the issues

July 3rd, 2013

Buying a tenanted property adds complexity to both the buying and conveyancing process. Get the acts before you buy a tenanted property.

Conveyancing auction properties - what you need to know

July 2nd, 2013

Buying or selling at auction requires a different approach to a standard transaction and the unwary could get caught out. We explain how the conveyancing process works for auction properties.

DIY Conveyancing - the fact is you can do it yourself!

June 29th, 2013

Yes, DIY Conveyancing is possible and you do not have to have a Solicitor, despite what some people tell you.

Conveyancing a repossessed property - the facts

June 28th, 2013

There are a number of key differences when buying a repossessed property. This solicitor's article sets out what you need to know.

What is the conveyancing quality scheme or 'CQS'?

June 20th, 2013

Many firms have been accredited with CQS status and many have not. So is it important and what does it actually mean for home buyers and sellers?

What is a drainage and water search?

June 16th, 2013

When buying a home your solicitor will ask you to pay for a drainage and water search. What is it and do you have to have it?

What are the average Conveyancing fees in 2013?

June 15th, 2013

It is not easy to state an average figure for Conveyancing fees.

Many years ago all Solicitors had to charge exactly the same fees, but nowadays they vary widely.

According to one source, the average fees for buying a house are in the region of £600 (not including VAT). Elsewhere a figure of £850 is mentioned, which seems surprisingly high.

What are licensed conveyancers and are they cheaper than solicitors?

June 14th, 2013

Both licensed conveyancers and conveyancing solicitors can carry out conveyancing for a sale or purchase, remortgage or transfer of equity. Here we explain the difference, as we work with both types of professionals.

Conveyancing fees calculators - How to avoid the traps

June 13th, 2013

Handy online calculators often give an attractively low price but delve into the small print and there may be hidden fees that could double the quote. How to avoid the traps

What are Coal Mining, Brine pumping and other mining searches?

June 13th, 2013

Coal Mining, Brine pumping and other mining searches are specific searches carried out on behalf of property buyers in certain parts of the UK. But what are they and what do they reveal?

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