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Scottish house prices fall for first time in 3 years

The latest House Price Index report revealed the average property price in Scotland was £145,762 in February 2019. This was a 3.1 per cent decrease on the previous month and a fall of 0.2 per cent on February of last year (£145,982); the first annual drop in average property price in Scotland since March 2016.

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Easter Opening Hours

As Easter approaches we would like to take this opportunity to inform valued clients and potential new customers that Complete Clarity will be closed on Friday 19th April and Monday 22nd April.

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Less than 30% of divorced Brits have updated their will to reflect a new relationship

According to recent research from Direct Life Line Insurance, 60 per cent of divorced Brits who are now in a new relationship, have failed to update any of their personal finances since their previous marriage. This includes the beneficiaries of their pension, death in service benefits, health and life insurance, money in trust, or their will.

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Glasgow City Council issues CPO on 7 flats after landlords failed to maintain properties

Glasgow City Council has issued a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for seven apartments in Westmoreland Street, Govanhill. This move will mark the first time landlords will be forced to sell because they have failed to keep the property in an acceptable condition, and will be the first time a whole block with residents will be taken over under compulsory purchase in Glasgow.

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'Problematic' cohabitation laws in need of reform, according to the Law Society

Scotland’s cohabitation laws are in urgent need of reform as they do not support those going through the grieving process of a cohabitant’s death, according to the Law Society of Scotland.

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One-bed rented properties take just 20 days to let in Glasgow, according to new report

Rental properties in Glasgow recorded a notable rise of 3.9 per cent in Q4 2018, up 33.6 per cent in a decade and bringing the year on year figure to £771, according to the Citylets Quarterly Report. The average property in Glasgow took 25 days to let, with 22 per cent being let within a week.

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Consultation on fairer succession law opens

The Scottish Government launched a public consultation on the 17th February 2019, asking how the law covering succession could better reflect 21st century Scotland.

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Glasgow and Edinburgh house prices rise faster than other UK cities outside London

The two largest cities in Scotland have both seen an average house price growth of at least 9% this year – more than double than UK average – according to recent data from HouseSimple.

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Festive Opening Hours at Complete Clarity

As the holiday approaches we would like to take this opportunity to inform valued clients and potential new customers of our Christmas opening hours - we will be closed from 24th December and will reopen on 3rd of January 2019. 

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Scotland places middle of the board for Inheritance Tax Liability in the UK

Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Direct Line Insurance, Guildford in Surrey was dubbed the Inheritance Tax capital of the UK after it was revealed that as many as 658 families from the town southwest of London were subject to the tax between 2015 and 2016. On average, each family are said to have paid £231,000 per estate (a total of just under £152 million), more than anywhere else in the country.

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Shelter Scotland launches "Toolkit for Tenants"

Charity Shelter Scotland has announced the launch of a new online toolkit for tenants, designed to help them navigate through the rental system.

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Scots property prices at all-time high following stock shortage

Recent research from the Aberdein Considine’s Property Monitor report illustrates that the average price for Scottish properties sold for a record £169,450 during the second quarter of this year (April-June 2018), a 4.7% increase during the same time last year and a grand total of £175 higher than the previous record set in the third quarter of 2017.

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Campaigners seek to scrap adoption age limit

Last month, the Public Petitions Committee in the Scottish Parliament received evidence from a campaign group seeking to extend adoption rights to people over the age of 18.

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Loan for self-build homes now available

The Scottish government have announced a new loan available for people who want to build their own homes.

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Slowest growth in UK housing market in five years

UK house price growth in June slowed to the lowest rate since August 2013. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), this slowdown was mainly affected by the falling prices in London, where properties dropped from 0.7% to negative 0.2%. The report shows an average house price growth of 3%, down from 3.5% in May - the lowest annual rate in five years.

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Inheritance tax exceeds £5 billion for the first time

Recently released data from HM Revenue & Customs shows inheritance tax (IHT) raised a record £5.2 billion in the 2017-18 financial year, up 8% from the previous tax year.

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New legislation aimed at preventing money laundering through UK property market

Criminals using the UK property market to launder money could face up to five years in prison under the newly proposed legislation.

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Number of Rental Properties Available in Scotland Falls Again

A new survey of the residential property market has revealed that the number of rental properties in Scotland has fallen even further over the last three months. However, this decrease in supply has been coupled with an increase in demand, which is expected to lead to a sharp rise in costs for tenants.

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Emma King

Warning Over Reliance on Inheritance Expectations

A new report into intergenerational wealth transfer has found that over 11 million people aged between 25-45 in the UK expect to receive some sort of inheritance from their parents or grandparents, with nearly half (5.1 million) of these expecting to inherit at least £50,000 in fixed assets or money. 

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Karianne Falconer

RoS Launches New Register for Community Body Applications

Registers of Scotland (RoS) has launched a new register that will record all applications of community bodies to buy land or property that is abandoned, neglected or causing harm to the environmental wellbeing of the community, where the owner is not willing to sell that land. 

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