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Price Transparency Rules – what are they and how will they help your clients?

Napthens - February 7th 2019
Most clients are price sensitive when it comes to selling or buying properties, but find comparing quotes received from law firms to be a complicated and difficult process.
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How Napthens can help you and your clients

Napthens - September 12th 2018
As we all know, the selling and purchasing of properties, can be stressful for the clients, and also for you as agents. You may already be familiar with the type and level of service we provide our clients with, and the fact that we consider that communication is key.
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Purchasers receiving gifted deposits towards a residential property purchase

Napthens - June 20th 2018
Sometimes, the only way a number of people can buy a home is with the assistance of financial contributions from relatives or friends.  Gifted deposits sometimes referred to as the “bank of mum and dad” have become the only route for many new homeowners. Carly Smith discusses how these transactions need to be handled.
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Searches: what happens when results received?

Napthens - May 23rd 2018
When buying a property, various searches are obtained, especially when the buyer is purchasing with the assistance of mortgage finance. Turnaround time for obtaining searches can take anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks - but when the searches are received it doesn’t mean the job is finished.
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New Year – new start

Napthens - January 25th 2018
January is usually the month where people find themselves assessing their current living arrangements and relationships, and as a result, perhaps looking to make changes to their lives. January is also the month for fresh starts and breaking old habits. This can have a positive or a negative effect on the individuals involved as sometimes this involves people breaking up, whether they decide to divorce, separate or go their separate ways as a co-habiting couple.
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Probate sales – what you need to know

Napthens - August 30th 2017
In order to sell a property where either one or both of the joint property owners has died, it is vital to be aware of the documents and process required. Knowledge of the situation and preparation is key to ensuring a smooth sale. An understanding of the process will also assist in the management of expectations.
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How many years are left on the lease? Is this relevant?

Napthens - May 25th 2017
When selling a leasehold property, one of the first questions you will ask your seller client is, what is the length of the lease term? You will usually provide details of the lease term within the sales particulars, and the length will have a direct impact on the market value of the property
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What is Japanese Knotweed?

Napthens - April 27th 2017
Japanese Knotweed arrived in Britain in 1850 as an ornamental plant, labelled “Plant number 34” in a box of 40 Chinese and Japanese varieties that were delivered to Kew Gardens. It is a strong-growing perennial.
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Selling or Buying a Property with a Septic Tank?

Napthens - February 28th 2017
Although septic tanks are less common these days, if you have a client who is buying or selling a property with a septic tank, small sewage treatment plant or a cess pool, there are certain things they should be aware of and the earlier this is addressed the better.
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What do sellers and agents need to be aware of when selling a rented property?

Napthens - November 1st 2016
When selling a tenanted property to potential investors, it is extremely important to be as organised as possible, especially in relation to having all of the paperwork in place regarding the current tenants.
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Selling retirement properties – what are the hidden costs?

Napthens - June 29th 2016
Properties geared towards over 55 year olds are becoming increasingly popular. These types of properties have a number of advantages, which are easy to market and draw in a lot of interest for this age group.
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When should you encourage your buyers and sellers to instruct a lawyer?

Napthens - October 19th 2015
The short answer is - EARLY! Advise your buyers and sellers to instruct a lawyer well before acceptance of an offer.
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Working together to speed up the process

Napthens - August 18th 2015
Selling and buying property can be an extremely stressful time for people, and as a result, we do try to tailor our service to individuals, whether they are first time buyers, haven’t moved in a while or are experienced investors. Whichever category your clients fall into, a certain amount of preparation can assist the process in the long run, not to mention calming the nerves!
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Property sellers face a ‘knotty’ issue

Napthens - April 23rd 2015
Sellers are required to disclose information on the property forms provided to their buyer, as to whether their property is affected by the Japanese knotweed plant. They are also required to confirm as to whether there is a management plan in place relating to this.
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