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  • We how long does it take to buy a house? I've heard it can be very quick but also very slow...

  • If I am selling my principle residence and buying a replacement property would I incur the additional Stamp Duty Surcharge? I am buying the property jointly with my girlfriend who owns her own property but is not intending to sell it.

  • I am a first time buyer and a friend asked if I had thought about applying for a shared ownership property. What is a shared ownership property and what do I need to do?

  • Following some strong weather one of my fences has been damaged and I would like to know whether this is my responsibility or my neighbours?

  • I am currently living in rented accommodation and in the process of buying my first property to live in and want to know what the Stamp Duty implications are. The property I am buying is a freehold terraced house in the local area for £180,000.00...

  • I have recently been told that my property may be unregistered, what does this mean?

  • I am buying and selling my property which only started at the end of November what impact does Christmas have on the timeframe, crucially will I be in by Christmas?

  • I have been asked to ‘swear a statutory declaration’ by my property solicitor but I can’t use them, what does this involve?

  • I am purchasing a flat and the estate agents have told me that it comes with a share of the freehold, what does that mean?

  • I am thinking of buying a house and my parents are contributing towards the deposit and purchase price. We will all be living in the house together. My parents are elderly so not sure about the mortgage situation. What do I need to think about?

  • What is a TPO?

  • If I am converting my front garden for parking do I need to get a dropped kerb?

  • I am planning to build an extension to my house. What is the difference between planning permission, building regulations consent and covenant consent?

  • I am moving house but own a Buy to Let property which I am not selling. Do I have to pay the additional 3% Stamp Duty Land Tax that was introduced in the 2016 budget?

  • What searches will you undertake on my behalf for a purchase?

  • How long does the conveyancing process take?

  • I know that when I first make an offer to buy a house I am still free to change to mind, but when does that change?

  • If I am getting a mortgage and the lender gets a valuation should I also get my own Homebuyer’s Survey?

  • If a boundary fence is blown down by the wind or damaged how do I find out who is responsible to repair it?

  • I want to buy a new property that is not due to be structurally completed until next winter. The Seller has already exchanged contracts to buy it. How does this work?

  • I am a first time buyer and my parents are helping with the deposit for my house purchase, is there anything in particular that I need to do?

  • I am buying a leasehold flat in a new build block in London. What insurances will I require in place at completion?

  • Am I required by law to have a survey carried out on the property that I am buying?

  • What is meant by a conveyancing ‘chain’, and what are the implications of being part of one?

  • How much do I have to pay to extend the term of my Lease?

  • I am buying and selling and all my money is tied up in my existing property. Will I still have to pay a deposit on exchange of contracts?

  • I have a new build property and I would like to convert the garage into a room – do I need planning permission?

  • I am selling a leasehold flat that has 68 years left to run on the Lease. Will I need to obtain a Lease Extension?

  • I would like to add my son as a joint owner of my property – is this possible?

  • I am looking at buying a new build property which is going to be ready in December 2015 – is the process different to buying a normal property?

  • My surveyor has found a problem with the property I want to buy, what can I do?

  • How long is it between exchange of contracts and completion?

  • I am buying a house that is 5 years old. Do I need a survey?

  • I'm a first time buyer, that's looking to buy to let, can I do this in my situation or do I need to be a second time buyer? Also what is the limit before stamp duty that you can buy a house for?

  • I am thinking of selling my house – do I need to put my house on the market before finding my next home?