Selling Your Property – What Land Registry Documents Do I Need

May 1st, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Land Registry, Property Conveyancing, Property Market | Comments Off on Selling Your Property – What Land Registry Documents Do I Need

These days most properties are registered at Land Registry. In fact any property that has been sold or mortgaged since 1999 will have to be (unless a solicitor has made a mistake somewhere along the line). If you are selling a property that is registered at Land Registry then you don’t need to produce the title deeds, in fact these will not be sufficient. Instead you will need to produce Official Copies of various documents held by the Land Registry in respect of your property.

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Leasehold Property Classes – Good Leasehold

April 4th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Land Registry, Legal, Property Conveyancing | Comments Off on Leasehold Property Classes – Good Leasehold

When buying a property which is leasehold, it will be registered with one of two classes of title – absolute leasehold or good leasehold. Ideally you will want the property to have absolute title however in the event that it is good leasehold this needn’t be a deal breaker. You may be able to insure against the risks which it presents or you may be able to upgrade to absolute title.

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Reduction in Lawyers Able to Do Conveyancing Effects Consumers

March 19th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Legal, Property Conveyancing | Comments Off on Reduction in Lawyers Able to Do Conveyancing Effects Consumers

In a conveyancing transaction, a conveyancer will generally act for both the lender and the purchaser. This is permitted because the lender and buyer have a common interest, to proceed to completion as quickly as possible whilst ensuring the title to the property represents satisfactory security for the mortgage advance/purchase price.

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The best places in the UK to be a landlord

March 13th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Insurance, Landlords, Property Market | 4 Comments »

The decision to become a landlord involves many factors – but how many landlords consider exactly where the best areas are in order to have the best chance of succeeding?

With renting becoming increasingly vogue, this is good news for landlords all over the country. You may want to take in certain geographical factors, however, into your decision-making.

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Beware Contracts Race when Buying Property

March 12th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Legal, Property Conveyancing | 3 Comments »

The process of buying a house (or flat), or more specifically buying land, is unlike the process of buying any other item. When it comes to any other item, even a very expensive one, the process is extremely straightforward. Seller and buyer agree a price and once agreement is reached a contract is created, which is legally binding and can be enforced through the courts if necessary.

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Should you become a Green Landlord?

February 28th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Insurance, Landlords | 3 Comments »

The energy crisis is something that is likely to become more and more prominent over the coming years as the UK as a whole looks to reduce its energy consumption, lower carbon emissions and work towards having renewable energy in the future.

This is an issue that is pertinent to everyone, including landlords who will be coming across more and more tenants and letting agents who want to know how green and carbon friendly their properties are!

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To Buy or To Rent Property: What would you do ?

February 17th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Market, Property Portals | Comments Off on To Buy or To Rent Property: What would you do ?

In uncertain economic times, many people are considering their options more carefully when it comes to buying and renting property. Everybody wants their home to be a safe haven and there is a great deal of security on offer for those who are in a position to get a foot on the property ladder. However, there are also benefits to renting a property and sometimes buying comes with its own financial challenges.

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Share of Freehold Properties, Leasehold or Freehold?

February 15th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Land Registry, Property Conveyancing, Property Market, Top Tips | 5 Comments »

Generally when buying a property the sales particulars will tell you whether it is leasehold or freehold. If the property is a flat or maisonette however, you will sometimes see it described as “share of freehold”. This can be confusing to many buyers. Does it mean they will be getting a freehold flat with no lease? Does it mean you will be your own landlord? In fact it is just a term invented by estate agents to try and make a leasehold property seem more attractive.

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Property insurance – essential or an unnecessary expense

February 6th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Insurance, Property Market | 4 Comments »

The properties in which we live are generally our biggest purchases in life, they are the places we spend much of our time, the places we fill with valuable possessions and one of the things we would least like to live without. Taking these simple facts in to account, the questions we must ask are, do our homes need protecting? If so, what type of protection do they need?

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Selling Your Home Without an Estate Agent

January 23rd, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Estate Agents, Property Market | 9 Comments »

Selling a property can be expensive. There’s removal costs, legal fees, utility bills to settle, but by quite a way the largest expenditure (after repaying your mortgage) will usually the estate agent’s fee. Estate agents charge a percentage of the eventual sale price, typically between 1% – 2%, plus VAT. This means that even on a relatively modest sale price of, say, £100,000 the estate agent’s fee will probably be somewhere between £1,200 – £2,400.

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Dickens Mania Brings Victoriana to Life

January 11th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Property Market | 2 Comments »

As London prepares to celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, Victorian themes are dominating the cultural scene, (see www.dickens2012.org) from film and theatre to festivals, exhibitions, cultural tours and interactive shows.

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