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Buying and selling your home

Five top tips for a smooth move

15 Feb 2017

Whilst the majority of property transactions go through smoothly, there are some steps you can take to reduce the chances of things not going to plan and alleviating stress levels at the same time :- 1. Do your sums · Make sure you know what the total cost of the transaction is…

How long will my house move take?

20 Jul 2015

Moving house is up there with death and divorce as being one of the most stressful events in your life. A recent survey carried out by the Law Society said that the waiting aspect of buying a house was the most stressful aspect. How long will it take, is the most frequently asked question from our…

Sell With Confidence

08 Mar 2013

Buying and selling a house can be a stressful time. Calling on the experts is essential to avoid time consuming complications and months of headaches. Forbes Solicitors is one of the North West's premier law firms, with offices located in Preston, Blackburn, Chorley, Accrington, Manchester and Leeds,…

Looking At Buying A House?

01 Nov 2011

I am looking at buying a house and need to instruct a solicitor, should I just go with whoever quotes the cheapest? The answer is clearly no, cost should be something you consider but there are a number of other factors which you should also take into account: Cost You can look at price comparison…

The Forbes Survival Guide To Moving House - Part 4

05 Jan 2011

4. Moving Day It can be handy to have a list of things to make sure moving day is as stress free as possible. · Keep your mobile switched on · Call us if you are concerned · What time keys will be available and where from? - don't hand keys over direct · What if…

The Forbes Survival Guide To Moving House - Part 3

13 Dec 2010

3. What do I need to do/What do you do for me? If you are not sure, call us, that's what we are here for! · Mortgage application · Home buyers report/survey · Arrange additional reports · Tell us if third parties lending money or occupying the property · Tell us…

Helping My Daughter Get On The Property Ladder

01 Dec 2010

I'm thinking of giving money to my daughter to help her get on the property ladder, what do I need to consider? First of all, you are not alone, statistics indicate that up to 80% of first time buyers do so with assistance from their parents, but you do need to consider very carefully who will own the…

The Forbes Survival Guide To Moving House - Part 2

29 Nov 2010

Jargon busting - what happens next? Who does what? Instructions · Call anytime - we are here for you · ID · Money laundering · Third party funding · Timescales · Contact details - what works best for you Sale What we will be doing/what do you need to…

The Forbes Survival Guide To Moving House - Part 1

19 Nov 2010

Make sure you know what it's going to cost · Agent's fees percentage - if you agree a discount or negotiated rate tell us · EPC · Mortgage broker's fees - have you signed an agreement to pay their costs? If so tell us. · Mortgage set up costs/booking fee - is it paid up…

First Time Buyers - changes to Stamp Duty Thresholds

26 Mar 2010

In his budget on the 24th March 2010, the Chancellor introduced a new relief on stamp duty for first time buyers. Previously the starting threshold was £125,0000 , but this has been raised for first time buyers only to £250,000. The increase applies on purchases completed on or after the…

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15 Feb 2017

Buying and selling your home


Five top tips for a smooth move

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