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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Downton

It has taken forever and a day but a loan offer from NatWest for the refinancing of my 3 room flat is due any day now. Are you able to suggest a low cost conveyancing law firm in Downton?

You are on the wrong site if you are seeking the lowest fares for conveyancing in Downton. Our goal is to offer cost effective conveyancing but we do not advertise as being the cheapest. Do not be seduced by brokers enticing you with ninety nine pound conveyancing in Downton. At best, in being led by cheap conveyancing, you will receive what you pay for and at worst it will result in you spending a lot in additional fees and still not end up with the service you were hoping for.

Should conveyancers ask for money on account for conveyancing in Downton?

If you are buying a property in Downton your solicitor will ask you place them with funds to cover the search fees. This will be the total of the cost of the Local Authority Search. If any deposit is payable against the purchase price then this should be asked for immediately prior to exchange of contracts. The final balance that is due should be sent to your lawyer a few days ahead of the completion date.

Me and my brother have a semi-detached Georgian house in Downton. Conveyancing lawyer acted for me and Leeds Building Society. I did a free Land Registry search last week and I saw two entries: the first freehold, another for leasehold under the exact same address. I thought I was buying a freehold how can I check?

You need to assess the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register as there may be mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered proprietor of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Downton and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they mortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with lenders. You can also question the position with the conveyancing lawyer who conducted the conveyancing.

How does conveyancing in Downton differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build residence in Downton come to us having been asked by the developer to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the residence is built. This is because builders in Downton usually buy the real estate, 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 used to new build conveyancing in Downton or who has acted in the same development.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I put an offer in two weeks back in what was supposed to be a straight forward, no chain conveyancing. Downton is where the house is located. Is there any guidance you can impart?

Flying freeholds in Downton are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in Downton you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds diligently. Your mortgage company may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Downton may decide that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold property.

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