Due to the ongoing lockdowns, the property market has been very slow so far this year. Sellers have been wary of taking a gamble with the risk that buyers may not be able to fulfil their contractual payment agreements due to loss of earnings. And buyers, too, are apprehensive, having lost their financial security –…

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Expertly finding your home We are very happy to announce to you, that the same great service-led estate agency team and years of industry experience that you’ve come to know us for remains the same but we’ve also made some big changes in the ownership and management of Clifford Smith and Buchanan (CSB). Plus, behind…

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The Budget tax measures have now been outlined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak which included announcements of big impact for the property sector. We’ve seen the stamp duty holiday is due to be extended and 95% government-guaranteed mortgages are coming from April, for 18 months. Below we’ve detailed exactly what this means to you as a…

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Viewing a house during the pandemic has meant that homeowners and buyers have needed to adapt to meet government and safety parameters and as an estate agent, we understand that this is an exciting but sometimes overwhelming process without the added pressure of COVID-19. So, we decided to compile an article that addresses some of…

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Link to the law commission report CLICK here – parts of this are due to be enacted this year and become law. People with short leases and also leases which accidently fall into the tenancy trap will benefit – hopefully by having future ground rent reduced to zero and rights to extend their lease to…

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In an ordinary purchase you will pay normal SDLT, if you are purchasing a second residential property you will pay an extra 3% tax which can be claimed back in certain circumstances. We are relying on your instructions to calculate the tax and if you do not provide accurate information you can be prosecuted for…

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Walking around Burnley today – no shops open, no one buying, no one selling, no bills paid, no profits made, no taxes paid. If you want to question the quality of the idea of locking down the country – look no further.

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Interesting Sky News article and unfair new build practices. CLICK HERE The question is though – do the buyers rely on what the builders tell them really, when they ought to rely on why their solicitor tells them? We do find a lot of new build buyers ignore buy against their legal advice (provided they…

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