What is the most effective way to find the right solicitor who will give a first class service for my conveyancing in Harwich?
Option 1 is to ask the people you trust who they would recommend.
Second, use a comparison service on the internet for conveyancing in Harwich. Ring a couple or more firms from the list and invite them to forward you their conveyancing estimate and speak to the lawyer who will handle the legal process prior tocommitting.
Option 3 is to make use of this site to assist you in finding the right lawyers taking into account your own factors including the type of property,speed, complications and who your intended mortgage company is. Avoid the trap of appointing £100 conveyancing in Harwich
Will conveyancers request money up-front when it comes to conveyancing in Harwich?
If you are buying a property in Harwich your solicitor will request that you to provide them with monies to cover the the cost of the conveyancing searches. This will be the total of the cost of the Local Authority Search. If any deposit is as part of the sale price then this should be asked for shortly in advance of contracts are exchanged. Any further balance that is needed will be payable shortly before completion.
I am selling my apartment in Harwich. Will my conveyancer have to be on the RBS conveyancing panel in order to deal with the discharge of my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the RBS conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. It might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their panel criteria fairly frequently at the moment.
I have been on the look out for a flat up to £245,000 and found one close by in Harwich I like with open areas and railway links nearby, however it's only got 51 years on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Harwich suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error buying a short lease?
If you need a home loan that many years may be an issue. Discount the price by the expected lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the current owner has owned the premises for a minimum of 2 years you could request that they start the process of the extension and pass it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the current lease term and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor concerning this.
Should I instruct a Harwich conveyancing practitioner who is local to the property I am buying? We have a good friend who can perform the conveyancing however they are based approximately 350kilometers away.
The primary upside of using a local Harwich conveyancing practice is that you can visit the firm to execute paperwork, present your identification documents and pester them if necessary. Having local Harwich know how is a bonus. However it's more important to get someone that will pull out all the stops for you. If you know people who instructed your friend and in the main were impressed that should trump using an unfamiliar Harwich conveyancing lawyer solely due to them being based in the area.