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First Time Buyers

  • COVID-19: Will the pandemic affect my mortgage?

    COVID-19: Will the pandemic affect my mortgage?

    With headlines reporting that the UK mortgage market is in ‘lockdown’, it’s understandable you may be concerned about your ongoing or existing mortgage application.Can I still apply for a mortgage? Lenders such as Nationwide are… Read More

  • Buying and selling during the coronavirus pandemic

    Buying and selling during the coronavirus pandemic

    *This blog has been updated since first being published - last updated 27th March 2020* As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes our everyday lives, questions arise relating to buying and selling properties during these challenging… Read More

  • Modern Methods of Construction: Modular Homes

    Modern Methods of Construction: Modular Homes

    Following the Business Secretary's recent visit to Leeds, the government is championing a drive to make the North of England the world leader in modular homes. But what are modular homes and how will they affect home buyers? Similar to the… Read More

  • The clock is ticking for Help to Buy ISAs

    The clock is ticking for Help to Buy ISAs

    From 30th November 2019, Help to Buy ISAs will be closed to new customers. First time buyers can still open an account between now and the deadline, if they don’t already have one. Help to Buy ISAs were introduced in 2015 to help… Read More

  • What should I know about chancel repair liability?

    What should I know about chancel repair liability?

    ‘Chancel repair liability’ is an archaic law requiring some property owners to contribute to the cost of repairing a medieval church. The ‘chancel’ is the area around the altar in a parish church. The obligation to pay is attached to… Read More

  • Why should coal mining affect my house purchase?

    Why should coal mining affect my house purchase?

    On a recent visit to the National Coal Mining Museum a retired miner told me the whole of Yorkshire is held up by steel props. Given the extent of coal mining during and after the industrial revolution this may not be as far fetched as it… Read More

  • ​Jargon buster: Conveyancing

    ​Jargon buster: Conveyancing

    Are you selling your property or looking to buy your next house? Throughout the process you may encounter some unfamiliar words and phrases. We’ve put together an A-Z of property buying and selling to help make sense of it all:… Read More

  • Banks to check account names in bid to combat fraud

    Banks to check account names in bid to combat fraud

    Banks are moving to combat transfer fraud with the introduction of a new system to check account names from next year.  Buyers and sellers of property are targeted by criminals committing ‘authorised push payment’ fraud. The… Read More

  • Can Japanese knotweed be a problem when buying a house?

    Can Japanese knotweed be a problem when buying a house?

    What is Japanese knotweed? Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a tall, fast-growing Japanese plant, with bamboo-like stems and small white flowers. Although it has been grown as an ornamental, it tends to become an aggressive… Read More

  • Emsleys wins prestigious Residential Property Award

    Emsleys wins prestigious Residential Property Award

    We’re proud to announce our Conveyancing team has won the Residential Property Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2018. The ceremony took place on Thursday 11th October and celebrated the achievements of Yorkshire’s leading… Read More

  • Emsleys shortlisted for regional client service award

    Emsleys shortlisted for regional client service award

    Our conveyancing team has been shortlisted in The ESTAS Conveyancer Awards 2018. The ESTAS are based solely on client feedback and recognise conveyancing teams that provide their clients with exceptional service throughout the… Read More