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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole property market

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Are we seeing a recovery in the local property market?

Clare Hallett is Partner in Frettens’ Residential Conveyancing Partner. With years of experience in both residential and commercial property, she’s seen a lot of ups and downs.

Here, she provides her thoughts on the local property market, how it has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and how businesses are dealing with the challenges they face.

Stamp Duty abolished for first time buyers on homes up to £300,000

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In yesterday’s budget, The Chancellor abolished Stamp Duty Land Tax for first time buyers with immediate effect on properties costing up to £300,000. The government’s aim is to help first time buyers and they estimate that this move will...

When must you pay the higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax?

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In November 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) would apply from April 2016 to purchases of additional residential properties, such as second homes and buy-to-let properties. Since then, a number...

Help to Buy Options

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The government has created a number of Help to Buy schemes aimed at helping people to take steps to buy their own homes. Some of the names are similar and ambiguous; clients calling for a conveyancing quote often get confused, so Clare Hallett ,...

Property Solicitors join Team Frettens

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Frettens are delighted to welcome two new Solicitors to their Residential Conveyancing Team. Sarah March-Paschal is a Conveyancing Solicitor with Conveyancing experience largely in the Poole and Bournemouth area, as well as additional property...

Property fraud & the importance of registering your property

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In September 2016 the Land Registry had reported that since 2009 they had “prevented frauds on over 200 applications representing properties valued in excess of £92 million.” Although Land Registry have reported that property fraud...

Leasehold property guide released

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A conveyancing trade body is stepping up efforts to highlight concerns over leasehold properties with fresh guidance for consumers. The Conveyancing Association, which has long called for leasehold legislation to be reformed, has designed a guide to...

An update on the future of the conveyancing process

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Following discussions at its ‘Modernising Conveyancing’ Conference, the Conveyancing Association, the leading trade body for the conveyancing industry, has announced it will set out a template for the future and produce a list of actions all...

Beware of Rentcharges and the perils of ignoring them

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It is uncommon to come across rentcharges, but the recent case of Roberts v Lawton illustrates the harsh nature of the powers granted to rentcharge owners and the risks to a land owner of ignoring the rentcharge. What is a rentcharge? A rentcharge is a...

Help to Buy Scheme to cease

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The Government has recently announced that the Help to Buy Mortgage Scheme will not continue to operate after the end of the year. The scheme which was unveiled in 2013, offered first time buyers the opportunity to purchase a home with a Government backed...

Bank of England base rate cut - what it means for you and your mortgage

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The Bank of England recently cut the base rate for the first time in more than seven years, reducing it from 0.5% to a new low of 0.25%. The base rate is the Bank of England's official borrowing rate, which influences what borrowers pay. For those who...

Is a change to the Conveyancing process coming?

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The government is to publish a ‘call for evidence’ later this year to modernise the home buying experience amid concerns about conveyancing. The news was confirmed at the end of a Westminster Hall debate on the conveyancing process in June....

The effect of BREXIT on the property market

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We were warned by the UK Treasury that house prices would be hit by Brexit. Prior to Britain voting in the referendum, the UK Treasury said that house prices could crash between 10% - 18%. Now, after the British electorate voted to leave the European...

Has the housing bubble burst?

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The housing bubble has burst, analysts have said, after sellers started slashing money off their asking prices and accepting offers up to 10 per cent less than when the property was listed. According to Zoopla, the average discount on the original price of...

Purchasing a Property with an Unadopted Road

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When buying a property, one of the aspects you should be wary of is whether the main road to which the property fronts is adopted by the Local Authority. Unadopted roads refer to roads which do not have to be maintained by the Highway Authority under the...

Flood Risk - the new 'reinsurance' scheme (Part 1)

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Since 2000 there has been a series of voluntary agreements between the Association of British Insurers and the Government that has made flooding insurance widely available to households at high risk of flooding. However these agreements did not cover the...

Flood Search - when should they be requested?

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Flooding causes concerns to landowners, buyers and tenants alike, even more so now that we are increasingly aware of the impact frequent and deep flooding has on property and the lives of those it affects. "It is therefore vitally important, when...

What to check out when buying a new home

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Having decided to search for a new home, here are a few tips on what to check out:- Heating and Electrics – you are about to spend an awful lot of money on your new property. Check the boiler and electrics because what...

Will the Help to Buy ISA boost the housing market in the New Year?

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You might be surprised to hear that January is a buoyant time for the housing market. Rightmove, who had over a million visitors to their website on Christmas day 2014, say that on the first working day of January 2015 nearly three million people visited...

Online tool to aid Local Authorities avoid SSSI damage

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Natural England have recently launched a new online tool to help Local Planning Authorities (LPAs), developers and ecologists assess whether a proposed development is likely to impact negatively on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). The Impact...

Town and Village Green Development

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The proposed changes under the Government’s Growth and Infrastructure Bill 2012-13 are due to come into effect in the summer of this year. The Bill which contains reforms to the law for registering new town and village greens should afford some much...

Clare Hallett Returns to Frettens Solicitors Commercial Property Team

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Frettens Solicitors are pleased to announce that Clare Hallett has re-joined their Commercial Property Team as an Associate. Clare trained at Frettens and qualified as a solicitor in 2005, focusing on Commercial Property. She left Frettens in 2009 to join...