Monthly Archives: March 2012

What’s the difference between exchange and completion?

“Exchange” means the exchange of contracts. Many years ago, this would happen in person – all parties would meet and sign the contracts together.   On exchange there is a legally binding contract between seller and buyer for the sale and … Continue reading

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Kirstie and Phil: Get in bed with the estate agents

Kirstie and Phil (of Channel 4 property fame) have a handy app for the iPhone called House Hunter, which delivers humourous video tips to home buyers and sellers.   Here, the echo Smoover’s opinion that keeping clear lines of communication … Continue reading

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Will the cost of moving home eat into your deposit?

We came across this question on Yahoo Answers today: Can anyone give me a ball park figure as to how much I should set aside for survey/valuation/land registry/local authority searches/product & solicitor costs when moving home in England & Wales? … Continue reading

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New energy saving advice service to be launched

A new service will launch in April to provide free, impartial advice to energy consumers in the UK. With almost 20 years of consumer advice experience, the Energy Savings Trust will draw on its expertise to ensure that the advice … Continue reading

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Plan to update conveyancing forms

It was announced by the Law Society last week that the paperwork regarding residential conveyancing was to be updated.  This is as a result of Home Information Packs becoming defunct, as well as the rise of what has popularly been … Continue reading

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Think you stop spending after you move home? Think again.

Many people forget to factor in the various post-home move expenses of living in a new property.  Once stamp duty, conveyancing, and estate agents have been paid for, it is easy to let go of the responsibility of spending.  But … Continue reading

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