Residential Property & Conveyancing

We are here to help you make a house into a home  

At Downs, our residential conveyancing lawyers know the difference between a house and a home. We don’t just deal in bricks and mortar, we deal with something much more important: your home. So whether you are selling or buying, renting out your property or renting a property yourself - or simply remortgaging - we can help you get your house in order.

Whatever your property transaction, our friendly conveyancing solicitors will be with you at every step of the way: from putting in an offer to the handing over of keys. Placing you at the heart of what we do is why we have won numerous national awards for customer service and excellence in residential conveyancing. 

We believe in giving you a consistently exceptional service. We know how stressful moving or dealing with property matters can be. For this reason, for all of our clients our friendly conveyancing solicitors commit to:

  • explaining the conveyancing process and residential conveyancing law clearly
  • being upfront about costs
  • giving regular updates on progress, and
  • above all, treating our clients as we would like to be treated ourselves: fairly, politely and professionally

In addition to house conveyancing, our experienced conveyancing solicitors can help you in many other residential property matters, including: 

  • agricultural and landed estates
  • easements and other rights
  • mortgages
  • rental agreements, and
  • transfers of equity

Our residential conveyancing solicitors are accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)

More from the Downs Blog

Could the property market be turning back to towns and cities post-pandemic?

According to a recent report by Savills the UK property market could be about to turn back towards city living.

Lessons learned from the SDLT cliff edge

Earlier in the year, we wrote a blog about the thousands of people who faced missing out on the Stamp Duty holiday, resulting in an industry "cliff edge" with many sellers worried their buyers will pull out if they didn't complete in time. But, it seems since the Chancellor extended the holiday, there have been some lessons learned.

What has the pandemic done to the housing market?

We've seen the numerous headlines about how the Stamp Duty holiday has spurred many people into moving house. But, it seems the benefits are more than just financial - and it seems many are trading up lifestyles as well as their homes.

Could the UK housing market see strong growth in coming years?

Property prices have continued to climb during the pandemic and many industry experts are wondering if market conditions are sustainable post-Covid. Early signs show that despite a stall in 2021, there are brighter skies ahead. 

The Spring Budget 2021: A Summary

As the UK eagerly tuned in to the most anticipated Budget for a generation, many were left wondering what the Chancellor’s traditional “rabbit out of a hat” might contain - especially as several big measures had been announced beforehand.

Speculation that the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday/reduction could be extended

Ahead of next week’s Budget, it looks like the Chancellor has answered calls to extend the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday deadline for three more months until the end of June, according to an interview the Times has published with Mr Sunak.

What does the latest lockdown mean for house moves?

As we enter the third national lockdown and tighter restrictions see the closure of schools and non-essential businesses, where does that leave the housing market?

We are open

During these uncertain times, it is good to know you can count on us.

Even after the recent Government announcement of another national lockdown we remain open for business and are here to help you.

Watch out for sting in the tail for shared ownership with family members

Before going into shared ownership with any family members, just make sure you are not setting yourself a trap for later on - as one family nearly found out.

 

House moves still permitted in second lockdown

Following the prime minister’s announcement on 31st October that the UK will be entering a second full national lockdown, further details have now been released which still permits certain activities, including house moves.

Making the most of property incentives? Don’t wait!

Time is running out for those who are planning to purchase new properties and take advantage of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) reductions applicable until the end of March 2021.

Lockdown has seen people upgrade to property more suited to work-life balance

According to Rightmove, properties worth £1million are selling more quickly. For once, it is not rising prices that are forcing more properties into this bracket - but instead it is in pursuit of a better lifestyle.

 

House prices are finally building

According to the latest figures by the building society, Nationwide, house prices in the UK rose at their fastest annual rate for 14 months in January 2020. However, if it is due to continue, experts say a lot depends on how quickly uncertainty about the UK’s future trading relationships will last – as well as the outlook for global growth if the economy is to remain strong.

Leaseholders call for scrapping marriage value

If you own a leasehold property, chances are when you purchased, you were also granted a period of time remaining on the lease. If that time period is about to expire, or you have less than 80 years remaining on the lease, you might want to watch out for an added cost that is really putting a sting into the leaseholder.

UK rents that are raising the roof

According to recent statistics by Zoopla, renting a home in the UK has become much more affordable. With many still struggling to get on the housing ladder, and renting becoming the no-choice option, where in the country can you get the most for your money?

London property prices falling fastest

If you thought you never stood a chance of moving up in the London property market, now could be your chance. According to the latest data from the Land Registry, some homes in London are falling faster than anywhere else in the UK – although still remain higher than the national average.

Property Trusts are not always the best way to avoid fees – Buyer Beware

There’s been recent media attention surrounding property trusts, sold to people as a promise to “escape legal fees” upon someone’s death. But, all is not as it seems and people should think twice before entering into such an agreement.

Property Prices continue downward decline

Whilst Brexit uncertainty rages on, property prices are continuing their time in the spotlight. As prices and demand continue to stagnate, what is next for the UK property market?

Brexit's EU Property Boom

Whilst the housing market continues to struggle in the UK, it looks as though the number of buyers of property abroad is still in good shape.

Brexit continues to hold housing market to ransom

As the war on Brexit rages on, there has seemingly been a knock-on effect on the housing market – according to industry experts.

Housing crisis hits hard for under 35s

According to new research by Civitas, around one million more adults in the UK are living with their parents compared to two decades ago. It looks as though more people will be relying on the bank of mum and dad for a little bit longer.

Could Property Market re-build in 2019?

Here at Downs, we quite often keep an eye on house prices and their effect on the local economy. Whilst there has been a cloud over the growth of house prices, could there be better things on the horizon for 2019?

Building Brexit uncertainty in the property market

As the Brexit debate rages on in Parliament, it seems there are still some problems to be resolved a bit closer to home. Property prices have been named as one of the biggest concerns surrounding Brexit, and, as a number of property experts come forward expressing concern, what can homeowners come to expect?

Will the Autumn Budget provide any more news for housing?

As the frenzy builds as to what the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget may contain, all eyes are once again on the property market.

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