I am getting a mortgage with Halifax. I intend to retain the legal services of a Licensed Conveyancer in Berkshire. Does the Halifax Solicitor panel include conveyancers regulated by the CLC?
The Halifax conveyancing panel is, like many other lenders, represented by the Council or Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
I have been told that property searches are a common cause of stalling in Berkshire house deals. Is this right?
The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) published findings of research by MoveWithUs that conveyancing searches do not feature within the top 10 causes of hindrances during the legal transfer of property. Local searches are not likely to feature in any holding up conveyancing in Berkshire.
How does conveyancing in Berkshire differ for newly converted properties?
Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Berkshire contact us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is built. This is because house builders in Berkshire typically purchase the land, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct conveyancers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are accustomed to new build conveyancing in Berkshire or who has acted in the same development.
I am looking to sell my property. My previous solicitors has retired. I would be grateful for any recommendation of a conveyancing firm. I happen to live in Berkshire if that makes things easier.
Do use our search tool to help you find a solicitor for your conveyancing in Berkshire. We have connected thousands of home buyers and sellers with lender approved solicitors to ensure that the legalities of their house move runs with a minimum of fuss.
I have today had an offer accepted on a leasehold flat in Berkshire and the broker that we are using suggested his lawyer. She quoted £1000 including VAT and disbursements. Does this sound steep?
Don't just go on one quote. One should obtain like-for-like quotes for your conveyancing in Berkshire. Then choose one that you are comfortable with and crucially, is on the approved list of the bank that you have applied for a mortgage from.