A new scheme has been unveiled to help first time buyers get on to the property ladder.
Similar to other government schemes such as LIFT and Help to Buy, the Scottish government's First Home Fund will contribute towards the cost of buying a property through a shared equity scheme. This means that the purchase cost is split between both the buyer and the Scottish government, so the Government holds a share in the property and the buyer then usually repays the government's contribution when the property is sold.
Losing money to a scam can be extremely upsetting and frustrating, and when you thought you were on top of them all, another new scam hits law firms and their clients.
Both Revenue Scotland and the Law Society have flagged up a new series of communications being sent to members of the public and clients of Scottish solicitors. The letters suggest that the recipient may be entitled to a repayment of LBTT and some suggest that the solicitor who acted for them in a recent purchase has acted incorrectly, should be sued and that the claims company can help with that.