Hannah Aistrop

Bogus Law Firms: How to avoid them

By Hannah Aistrop at 10:00

Residential conveyancing is an area of law which is a common target for fraudsters setting up a bogus law firm. A bogus firm is a firm who is not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and pretends to be entitled to provide reserved legal activities or call themselves solicitors. This is a criminal offence and the reports of such incidents being reported are rising.

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Match My House was founded by Wirral resident Dan Thomas following his negative experiences of estate agents when buying a number of houses over the years. He wanted to eliminate some of the stresses in the conveyancing process and also bring back some of the excitement into moving house.

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First Time Buyer Stamp Duty Changes

By Hannah Aistrop at 00:00

In November last year the Government introduced stamp duty changes which meant first time buyers spending £300,000 or less on a purchase would not have to pay stamp duty (first time purchases between £300,000 and £500,000 would only pay stamp duty on anything over £300,000). This was done in the hope that more first time buyers, the most struggling in the property market, would be able to get onto the property ladder.

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