Category Archive Conveyancing

ByMichael Morrison

Special Offer On Conveyancing

Due to the recently recorded fall in established landlords entering the property market making buy-to-let investments there are unrivalled opportunities for new entrants. This has been perceived by a drop in serial investors mortgage approvals by more than half over the last quarter.

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ByMichael Morrison

Commercial Solicitors Merge

Two international substantially commercial firms are likely to merge that if successful would create the largest listed firm of solicitors in the country. Further details will be divulged if and when it completes.

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ByMichael Morrison

Property Buyers are Returning to the City

Just under £1.4bn has been invested in commercial property in the City’s square mile from January to July this year which was practically the total invested in the area last year. Significant deals in the range of £250m have been completed amid a general air of confidence. Much of this purchasing activity has been carried out by UK fund managers.

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ByMichael Morrison

Divorce – How easy is it?

The Supreme Court reminded us last week of the difficulties of obtaining a divorce when it is opposed.

Grounds for divorce

When you apply for a divorce you’ll need to prove that your marriage has broken down. You’ll need to give one or more of the following 5 reasons known as the grounds for divorce:-

Adultery

Your husband or wife had sexual intercourse with someone else of the opposite sex.

The law recognises the act of adultery as sexual intercourse between a man and a woman.

You cannot give adultery as a reason if you lived together as a couple for 6 months after you found out about it.

Unreasonable behaviour

Your husband or wife has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.

This could include:

  • physical violence
  • verbal abuse, such as insults or threats
  • drunkenness or drug-taking
  • refusing to pay for housekeeping

Desertion

Your husband or wife has left you:

  • without your agreement
  • without a good reason
  • to end your relationship
  • for more than 2 years in the past 2.5 years

You can still claim desertion if you have lived together for up to a total of 6 months in this period.

You’ve been separated for more than 2 years

You can apply for a divorce if you’ve been separated for more than 2 years and both agree to the divorce.

Your husband or wife must agree in writing.

You can be separated while living in the same home as long as you’re not together as a couple (for example you sleep and eat apart).

You’ve been separated for at least 5 years

You can apply for a divorce if you’ve been separated for at least 5 years, even if your husband or wife disagrees.

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ByMichael Morrison

House Prices Are Falling Month on Month

The cost of purchasing a home in London is now double that of the rest of the country; yet prices nationally have been decreasing over the past three months.

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ByMichael Morrison

Commercial Property Sales Remain High

Growth, in flexible working space is continuing apace and also in warehouse facilities; the latter being the conduit of distribution for the burgeoning internet market. These storage edifices are reported to be best sellers especially in the home counties including London. Space being at a premium, may well see these commercial facilities appearing adjoining residential homes.

Current currency rates ensure commercial property in London retains its appeal to investors especially to those of Asian decent.

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Stamp Duty – Cut

Conveyancing solicitors are looking forward to an upturn in work volumes due to the recent Budget announcement by the Chancellor that stamp duty is abolished for first-time buyers of homes up to the value of £300,000. For properties that are up to £500,000 first-time buyers will not pay stamp duty on the first £300,000 and 5% from £300,000 – £500,000.

 

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Retail Property Purchases Will Add Fuel to Strengthening Employment Market

Commercial property solicitors in London have ‘inboxed’ their employment departments to brace themselves for a substantial increase in contract work.

Purchasers have spent £1billion on retail space in central London in the first six months of this year originating particularly from Singapore and Hong Kong. The City unfortunately is not faring as well due to the Brexit vote and the uncertainty of its position with the European Union.

 

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ByMichael Morrison

Brexit and the Property Market

Conveyancing solicitors in London are anticipating a surge in clients from the Middle East due to the fall in sterling; who enjoy shopping where English is spoken. Other new instructions are expected from dollar investors and those from Commonwealth countries especially Australia, New Zealand and India who view this as a buyer’s market.

The combination of low mortgage rates and the housing shortage should keep prices up.

 

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