Property, planning and paying for care

A common concern for our clients and their families is the prospect of having to sell the family home in order to meet care costs,’ explains Cathal Murray a solicitor with James McNulty & Co. in Omagh. ‘There are many articles and schemes online which seem to indicate that selling a home can be avoided, but often these schemes [...]

Building your own dream home

Shows like Channel 4’s Grand Designs reflect the growing popularity of self-build, which accounts for 13,000 new homes every year. So, if your dream is to build your own home, should you take the next step towards making it a reality? ‘There are certainly a lot of advantages’, says Cathal Murray of James McNulty & Co. Solicitors. ‘Self-build lets [...]

Legal considerations if you are tempted to buy a holiday home

Summer is here and it is not uncommon to want to prolong that holiday feeling and dream of investing in a holiday home which allows you to return to your favourite spot more frequently. Holiday home ownership has boomed recently and in 2021 second homes accounted for more than 24,000 purchases. Many of these were on the coast or [...]

Selling a rental property

One in five landlords plan to sell, citing increased regulation and less favourable tax treatment as reasons, according to recent research by a leading building society. ‘If you have a tenant, a key decision will be whether to sell with them in place or with vacant possession,’ says Cathal Murray, a solicitor with James McNulty & Co. Solicitors and [...]

Wood burners and open fires, what to consider when buying a new home

A wood burner or open fire is an attractive feature in a property, especially as the nights draw in and temperatures drop. If are buying a property with one, or you plan to install a log burner in your new home, there are important things to consider. ‘Most people know gas boilers and electrical wiring need to meet certain [...]

Have you considered the different ways to own your Home?

Low interest rates combined with high demand for rental properties and a boom in self-catering holidays have fueled growth in property investment. Flexible finance options also make it easier to pool resources to invest in property or to buy a second home with friends or relatives. ‘When buying a residential property with others, there are a number of options [...]

Parking and access issues when buying a new home

Searching for your next home, car parking may not be top of your list of priorities. A recent survey by Uswitch reveals nearly one in ten people has knocked on a neighbour’s door to complain about parking. It is not just neighbours who can cause problems. Commuters, school parents, entertainment venue and other visitors, can easily turn a quiet [...]

How to keep out of the mire when buying a home with a septic tank

Sewers and human waste may not be the first things you think about when looking for a new home, but many rural and semi-rural properties do not have mains drainage and so rely on a septic tank. This can have important legal, practical and costly implications, particularly since environmental regulations could mean that an old system is now unlawful. [...]

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