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Buying a home: a comprehensive UK property guide Ben West

Buying a home: a comprehensive UK property guide

Ben West

Published January 19th 2014
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Kindle Edition
213 pages
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This complete guide to buying, selling and renting a home in the UK has been written by Ben West, whose has been property editor of the Daily Express and the Sunday Express, had a weekly property column in the Financial Times and has written onMoreThis complete guide to buying, selling and renting a home in the UK has been written by Ben West, whose has been property editor of the Daily Express and the Sunday Express, had a weekly property column in the Financial Times and has written on property for many newspapers and magazines including The Times and Sunday Times, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, Independent, Observer, Daily Star, Evening Standard, Time Out, Vogue, GQ and House and Garden.Contents of the book:IntroductionWhy buy instead of rent?RentingSteps to a quick, easy moveHow long does it take to buy a home?Quickening the buying processWhen, where and what to buyWhen to buyWhere to buyCity vs countryUp-and-coming areasWhat to buyChecklistHousing typesHousing layoutsGeorgianLoft and penthouse apartmentsThe executive houseVictorianEdwardianThe 1930s semiMansion flatPurpose-built blockConversion flatBungalowEx-local authority blockPark homesBuying oldThatched homesListed buildingsProperties with plaquesRestoration and refurbishmentBuying newPart-exchangeBuying off-planSubsidised housingHousing BenefitEx-council homes: Right to buyGovernment Help to Buy schemes throughout the UKHelp to Buy mortgage guaranteeGovernment Help to Buy schemes in EnglandHelp to Buy equity loansNewBuyShared ownership schemesGovernment Help to Buy schemes in WalesHomebuyGovernment Help to Buy schemes in ScotlandShared OwnershipOther housing optionsBoatsEx-commercial propertyFarm buildingsHotelsBanksPubsChurchesEcological building techniquesRammed earth homesEarth-sheltered homesStraw homesSelf-buildProperties for specific buyersCommuter homesHomes for the disabledProperty for studentsBuying a flatThe leasehold systemCommonholdWhat can you afford?Affordability calculationThe cost of buyingEstate agent’s feeLegal costsSearch feeLand Registry feeStamp dutySurveyor’s feeMortgage lender’s arrangement feeMortgage payment protection insuranceMortgage indemnity guaranteeFixtures and fittingsBuildings and contents insuranceOther costsThe depositCalculate your one-off paymentsSharing a property to make it more affordableTake in a lodger to help pay the mortgageCohabitingIf you split upBuying jointly with friendsJoint tenants or tenants in common?Other ways to make buying your first home easierFocus on up-and-coming locationsConsider a shared ownership schemeBuy a boatSelf-buildRenovate or refurbishFind a guarantorA mortgage with an increased payment termObtain a 100% mortgageEx-local authority propertiesBuying a newly-built homeFinding a mortgage