15 Jul

We paid our deposit but the sellers are not ready to exchange

Should we be worried that our conveyancer has our money even though we can’t yet proceed?Q I am writing to request your advice regarding the time difference between payment of our deposit and the exchange of contracts. We paid our conveyancer our...

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13 Jul

MPs demand investigation of ‘fake signatures’ claims

Alleged forgery at banks led to people being evicted from homes, say campaigners The UK’s National Crime Agency and the Financial Conduct Authority have been called on to investigate allegations that bank workers faked signatures on court documents to recover debts and...

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13 Jul

Park homes: cheaper than bricks and mortar, but not trouble free

Loved by pensioners, mobile housing is also fraught with rogues who prey on residentsDownsizing to a park home sounds like the ideal move for cash-strapped pensioners. Retirees can swap urban life for a quieter one in the countryside or by the sea,...

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12 Jul

Let’s move to Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear: it has maintained its pride and beauty

Despite a dose of that dubious urban medicine ‘regeneration’, it seems to be thrivingWhat’s going for it? The trouble with British seaside resorts, if reports are to be believed, is that they fall into two camps: ruined, despairing and utterly beyond all...

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12 Jul

Homes in former lodges – in pictures

From an ancient pile in East Sussex to a Grade II-listed building in Bath, homes worth hunting for Continue reading… Continue Reading

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10 Jul

London's answer to New York's High Line? You must be joking

A tree-scattered, elevated walkway through air vents, The Tide is a textbook piece of artwash and greenwash – more pointless whimsy amid the tortured cityscape of Greenwich PeninsulaAlmost 20 years since the unveiling of the Millennium Dome, which promised to transform the...

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10 Jul

James Dyson buys £43m penthouse in Singapore

Purchase comes months after British inventor revealed plans to move firm to city-stateBillionaire inventor James Dyson has bought a £43m luxury penthouse, thought to be the most expensive flat in Singapore, months after the prominent Brexit supporter announced plans to move his...

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08 Jul

Labour plans to ban leaseholds on new-build homes

Party says it would end ‘feudal system’ in overhaul of property ownership rules in EnglandLabour has set out plans to ban the sale of new private leasehold houses and flats in an overhaul of property ownership rules that could slash the costs...

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08 Jul

My wife is buying her own property. Is she liable for stamp duty?

She has never owned a property before, but I did once before we were marriedQ My wife is buying a property with her own money and has never owned property before. However, I bought and sold a property 20 years ago which...

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05 Jul

Let’s move to Thurso and Dunnet Bay, Caithness: life at the edge of the map

The ferocious seas and wide skies conjure up that falling-off-the-world feelingWhat’s going for it? Nobody would think to look for me in Thurso. Well they would now. (Or is that my double bluff?) Passing through the town, once, on the way to...

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