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Have you ever been gazumped? Do you know what gazumping means?

Gazumping is the process by which a seller agrees to sell a property to somebody and then before exchange of contracts takes place, a higher offer is made and the seller withdraws from the sale to the first buyer and sells to the second buyer.  This is often quoted as…

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House Prices in England

According to the latest figures released by the Land Registry, there is one road in Cornwall where the average house price is more than £1.7million.  More than 60 properties sold for six figure sums in 2018. The most expensive street in Cornwall, according to 2018 figures, is Peden Moran in…

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Probate fee or another death tax?

November 5th (any significance in this date?) saw the announcement (completely separate from any Budget) of a sharp increase in the fee payable to obtain a Grant of Probate.  The Grant of Probate is essentially a Court Order that allows the executors of a deceased’s Will to deal with their…

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Mortgage approvals at six month low

Gross mortgage lending fell to £21.5 billion in September according to data from the UK Finance.  This is a decrease of 1.2% from last year.  The number of mortgage approvals is down 9.1% on the same time last year.  High street banks did, however, lend more in unsecured consumer credit,…

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Are you a Director of a Company?

Currently all Company Directors have to provide a residential address and a service address which appears on the Public Register at Companies House.  The only way of avoiding your residential address being on the public record is to satisfy Companies House that there is a serious risk of violence or…

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