Tax changes are imminent for the property market in Wales

October 12, 2017

In April 2018, home buyers in Wales will be subject to a new property tax system, deemed financially beneficial for up to 90% of home purchasers. The new tax regime will see the introduction of Land Transaction Tax (LTT), which will replace UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Wales. Like its predecessor, LTT will […]

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New buy-to-let mortgage lending rules hitting landlords this month

September 2, 2017

Portico’s Regional Director, Mark Lawrinson, comments on the upcoming buy-to-let mortgage changes:  “Under the new rules, if you want to make an application for a buy-to-let-mortgage on a new rental property, the lender will have to look at your entire property portfolio when they decide what mortgage deal they can offer on a single property. For […]

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How will Article 50 affect London’s property market? 

July 23, 2017

Mark Lawrinson, Regional Sales Director of Portico London estate agents, has spoken out about the possible effects of Brexit on the London housing market, saying, “I don’t think the triggering of Article 50 will affect the property market directly from today. In one sense it removes the uncertainty surrounding when Britain’s withdrawal process from the […]

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First home owners: things to remember when buying your first home

July 14, 2017

The following is a guide from a contributor outlining some things to remember when buying your first home:- Owning a home is embedded in the British psyche as one of our main ambitions. Not for us the bias towards renting held by some of our European counterparts such as Germany; no, we want to possess […]

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Is holding your buy-to-let property in a “Hybrid Structure” the way to go?

April 15, 2017

As of the 6th April 2017, landlords will no longer be able to deduct all of their finance costs from their property income to arrive at their profits. Instead, they will receive a basic rate reduction from their income tax liability for their finance costs. What does this mean for my profit? It’s difficult to […]

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6 Top Reasons for Delays in the Conveyancing Process

February 22, 2017

When buying a home, there are a million and one variables that could cause the process to pause and you could find yourself in a lengthier process than you ever imagined. However, there are a few pitfalls that you could easily avoid in order to speed up the process. Thankfully we’ve compiled a few of […]

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Property Legal Matters FAQs inc how to divide the family home & mortgage during divorce

February 9, 2017

How do you divide the family home during divorce? What costs do you face if you want to give your home or your rental property to your children? How can you reduce the capital gains tax on an inherited house? Portico London estate agents put some key legal property questions to the experts… Dividing the […]

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Listed Building Buying Guide

January 18, 2017

When you’re considering a property, buying a listed building means inheriting a grand property steeped in history – but it also means having to be aware of the rules, regulations and issues surrounding listed properties. What is a listed building? A listed building gets its name from being on the National Heritage List, which deems […]

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Guide to Legal Jargon when Buying/Selling Your Home

January 6, 2017

The following is a guide to some of the legal jargon you may encounter when buying or selling your home in England or Wales:- Do you know what amortisation is? What about gazundering or gazumping? You might have a vague idea of the meaning of the terms ‘Loan to value’ or ‘Stamp duty land tax’, […]

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Law Firm Feature – Jones Whyte Law’s Ross Jones & Property Law Team Helping Buy/Sell Property in Glasgow, Scotland

January 6, 2017

The following is a featured post on the Glasgow-based law firm of Jones Whyte Law. Led by Glasgow-based solicitors Ross Jones and Greg Whyte, Jones Whyte provides people in Glasgow and across Scotland with expert property law & conveyancing services in addition to various other legal services. Also helping businesses with their commercial property transactions, […]

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