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Moving & Opening over Christmas

You're here as you've clicked the link, you're curious about when you can move over Christmas? Read on. First of all virtually zero moving happens in-between Christmas and New Year. The overwhelming majority of conveyancers are fully closed in-between the two. That is the first and foremost decider for what happens and when. No matter what anybody tells you about…
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Stockholm Syndrome and Conveyancing

Now here's a title written firmly tongue in cheek. A quick, lite definition of stockholm syndrome is as follows Stockholm syndrome has been defined as a condition in which hostages develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity. Emotional bonds may be formed between captor and captives, during intimate time together, but these are generally considered irrational in light…
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CHAPS and the evidence

I said I'd provide the proof..... Your money, being sent by your solicitor likely goes via CHAPS. What is CHAPS? CHAPS is a bank-to-bank electronic payment scheme It is one of the 'faster payments' options made available by the Bank of England (like your debit card, or a BACS payment). What makes it stand out for the purposes of this post…
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Profiting from truly poor practice.

'Scandalous', and 'ripped-off' are two terms I personally feel are appropriate for the conduct described below. Interesting development this week. Surprised I hadn't wondered about this before, but, even as somebody renowned for not having a high opinion of the conveyancing process and the way in which the public get stitched up, even I never imagined such self serving profiteering…
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what do I do when my house is empty?

We've noticed many people are not actually sure what to do on the day of the move, from when they're almost moved out. Hence this guide. We'll interject here and just point out that if your Estate Agent or Solicitor had actually done their job properly you'd never have needed to click the link for this........ So, what do you…
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Page 3 – Completion Day

It's the banks fault Yep, this one gets said a lot. Money transfers can take a while to go through This too. It's just the way it is And this. There's a theme here. When a customer gets the keys to the new house very late. After they've been sat in their car, in the summer heat for 4 hours…
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page 2

So, we began this section of advice with the table of influence. If you paid attention in class then whilst this section talks about emailing your solicitor you might be considering using the 'CC' line, or maybe even the 'BCC' line......., who knows how many people you might choose to 'inform'! Taking things off the table You are one in…
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Lifting the lid – selling & dates

Disclaimer, the next 3 pages are written by Matt Faizey, all opinions are his own. Opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect that of other employees nor M&G. PAGE 1. 'lifting the lid' on the shenanigans of the moving process. Dealing with Solicitors and Estate Agents. Hello. So, what is this all about then? Well, hopefully, if I have got…
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