New From @OxUniPress @MarkusDubber @ArsScripta

New from Oxford University Press: The Oxford Handbook of Legal History (Markus D. Dubber and Christopher Tomlins, 2018) (Oxford Handbooks in Law). Here from the publisher’s website is the description of the book’s contents. Some of the most exciting and innovative legal scholarship has been driven by historical curiosity. Legal history today comes in a fascinating array of shapes and sizes, from microhistory to global intellectual history. Legal history has expanded beyond traditional parochial boundaries to become increasingly international and comparative in scope and orientation. Drawing on scholarship from around…

FTBs in the dark over stamp duty abolition

New research from L&C Mortgages has revealed the lack of understanding amongst first-time-buyers surrounding recent cuts in stamp duty – with 31% unaware if they will benefit or not when they buy their first home. According to the data, 22% have not changed their minds on the price of the house they want to buy, in light of these stamp duty changes because they do not know the impact the new rules will have on their potential property. When asked how much first-time…

Bellway reaches more than 10,000 sales

Bellway has announced that it has completed the sale of more than 10,000 homes for the first time in its history. Issuing a trading update for the year ending July 31 2018 ahead of its preliminary results announcement on October 16, the housebuilder said that during its financial year it completed the sale of 10,307 new homes, up 6.9% on 2017. The proportion of private completions increased to 80% of the total (2017 – 78%). The overall average selling price of homes rose…

Would you confront a burglar?

New research by online security retailer, safe.co.uk, has revealed that when it comes to the UK attitude towards burglary, around a third would physically defend their homes without hesitation. The research unearths the true extent of the emotional impact of burglary, with 48% feeling unsafe in their own home and 25% fearful it will happen again. Sleepless nights plague 38% of burglary victims and 18% admit their mental wellbeing was negatively affected. With 31% of Brits willing to use physical force against…

FTBs urged to ‘do the maths’ before entering into the buying process

New research from Yorkshire Building Society has found that those attempting to get their first foot on the property ladder could be in for a shock as it is revealed that many may be out by thousands on their upfront purchase budget. According to YBS, first-time buyers in just two regions of the UK intend to save enough money to get on the property ladder, with the rest underestimating the amount they are likely to need. London reveals the largest gap between intentions…

TSB joins PMS lender panel

Paradigm Mortgage Services has announced that it has added TSB to its lender panel, the 14th addition in the last 12 months. The lender confirmed that as of today selected Paradigm member firms will be able to access its range of lending products, which include a wide variety of fixed and variable rate residential and buy-to-let mortgages. Highlights of the TSB range include LTV up to 75% for BTL products (65% for new-build properties), with a maximum loan size of £500k, two-, three-,…

UK Finance: Mortgage arrears and possessions at 24 year all time low

The latest data and analysis from UK Finance has shown that, across the UK, mortgage arrears and possessions continue to remain historically low. The data, which covers the second quarter of 2018, revealed that there were 76,740 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5% or more of the outstanding balance in the second quarter of 2018, 8% fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year. Within the total, there were 23,190 homeowner mortgages with arrears representing 10% or more of the outstanding…

How long would you put off a DIY task?

New research from loans specialist, Norton Finance, has revealed that while creating a home that you really want to live in is a priority, Brits are not especially keen on completing any outstanding DIY jobs themselves. According to the survey, 65% of British homeowners are more interested to spend their cash creating homes they really want to live in. Just over one in ten (12%) in comparison say increasing their home’s value is their top priority. To build on their ‘homely’ touches, 73%…