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We all have them and as conveyancers we all lecture clients about not handing them over to a buyer until we have all the money possession being 9/10th of the law and all that. So I was interested to see a survey on the subject of keys and their loss. Esure advise that when someone… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Help to Buy – plus how is the market generally

Now the dust has settled a bit we have had some further surveys/opinions on New Buy. Savills are the latest and perhaps the most authoritative to comment, although they are not known for being experts in the first time buyer market. They estimate that the Help to Buy scheme could facilitate up to 400,000 house… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Green Deal Rant

The other day I spent 2-3 happy hours sorting out our systems to deal with the new green deal. By the end I was somewhat annoyed with the whole thing so I wrote a short blog which our Marketing Director rejected as it was incoherent. He was right as I was very annoyed.  I do… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Gorgeous George’s Aspirations

Are Gorgeous George’s Aspirations the same as the man in the street? The Council of Mortgage Lenders (I love them – saves me having to do research) have a new survey out which looks at home ownership aspirations and related issues.  It arrived with brilliant timing so I that could quote from it during the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Isn’t it ironic – like a black fly in your Chardonnay

Our Marketing Director approached me on Friday which is always a tricky thing to do as Fridays are normally fraught. His opening remark “I have a marketing opportunity for you” filled me with dread. “Someone has read your blog”. Always a worry I live in fear that one of Mrs B’s little friends will find… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

General Property Update

I have not blogged for a bit partly because I have been very busy on real work. We have people off and indeed I succumbed to Man Flu; it was touch and go but given the excellent nursing skills of Mrs B (take Panadol and stop moaning) I have recovered enough to struggle in to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

A few things post budget

It is always worth reading the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) presidents blogs and their newsletter. I find it is most helpful in understanding lenders and why they think like they do. I compare lawyers and lenders in someway like myself and the lovely Mrs B. We have to work together to achieve a common… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Missed opportunity to sort out Stamp Duty

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has yet again made sensible comments on Stamp Duty Land Tax. Indeed it is rather disconcerting that they have done so given my recent blog which referred to the problems with SDLT.   To quote the CML site: “A timely report from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), published… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Hello Mr Osbourne, do you read me?

When George Osbourne announced measures to help homebuyers in yesterday’s budget, I was left with the bizarre feeling Boy George has been reading my blog. For the last two year I’ve been asking the Government to open out the New Buy scheme to all properties and help those who can afford mortgages but don’t have… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Scotland may go its separate way

The Law Society of Scotland is looking to decide on whether or not solicitors in Scotland can represent lenders and buyers at the same time. This is called Sep Rep and has been a hot potato recently (or a hot haggis) as lenders restrict their panels the cry for Sep Rep has gone up by… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)