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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Higham Ferrers

Why would I instruct a Higham Ferrers conveyancing firm given that online conveyancers are cheap by comparison?

By all means make sure that you compare conveyancing costs in Higham Ferrers and you should seek a reasonable quote but don’t waste your energy sourcing the lowest priced Higham Ferrers conveyancer. Finding the right conveyancer can be the distinction between a smooth and a distressing house move. You need to ensure that you have expert guidance from a trusted conveyancer. Emails can't be as helpful as a phone conversation and are no substitute for a face to face consultation. Our partner firms will appoint you a qualified and trusted conveyancing solicitor that will tackle your conveyancing from from the outset to completion, giving the sort of continuity that you rarely receive from an online conveyancer. Our lawyers will contact you regularly to update you as to progress making sure that you are regularly updated. If you ever need to phone the office you will be sure who to ask for and they will endeavour to make sure that you're not left wondering what's going on.

We are soon to complete buying a property in Higham Ferrers but as a consequence of wreckage from the recent storms I have was able negotiate reparation from the vendor of £3k by way of a adjustment in the price. I had intended this to be addressed as part of amending the contract however Yorkshire BS are not allowing this. Should they have been informed?

Any property lawyer being on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel is required to advise Yorkshire BS of any variations to the sale price. If you prohibit your conveyancer to report the reduction to Yorkshire BS then they would have to discontinue acting for you. In addition, Yorkshire BS and you would have to appoint a new property lawyer for your conveyancing in Higham Ferrers.

As someone with no idea as to the Higham Ferrers conveyancing process what’s your top tip you can impart for the legal transfer of property in Higham Ferrers

Not many law firms or advisers will tell you this but conveyancing in Higham Ferrers and elsewhere in England and Wales is an adversarial process. In other words, when it comes to conveyancing there is an abundance of opportunity for conflict between you and other parties involved in the ownership transfer. For instance, the seller, estate agent and even potentially your bank. Selecting a solicitor for your conveyancing in Higham Ferrers is a critical decision as your conveyancer is your adviser, and is the ONLY person in the legal process whose role it is to protect your best interests and to protect you.

Sometimes a potential adversary will try and convince you that you should follow their advice. For instance, the property agent may claim to be helping by suggesting your solicitor is slow. Or your mortgage broker may tell you to do take action that is contrary to your conveyancers advice. You should always trust your lawyer above all other parties in the home moving process.

How does conveyancing in Higham Ferrers differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Higham Ferrers contact us having been asked by the developer to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is constructed. This is because new home sellers in Higham Ferrers typically acquire the site, 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 Higham Ferrers or who has acted in the same development.

What advice can you give us when it comes to appointing a Higham Ferrers conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

When appointing a solicitor for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Higham Ferrers conveyancing practice) it is essential that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We suggest that you talk with two or three firms including non Higham Ferrers conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. The following questions might be helpful:

    How familiar is the practice with lease extension legislation? What are the legal fees for lease extension conveyancing?

Leasehold Conveyancing in Higham Ferrers - Examples of Queries Prior to buying

    Most Higham Ferrers leasehold flats will incur a service charge for the upkeep of the block set on behalf of the freeholder. Should you buy the apartment you will have to meet this contribution, usually quarterly accross the year. This can be anything from several hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for bigger purpose-built blocks. There will also be a ground rent for you to pay annual, this is usually not a exorbitant sum, say around £50-£100 but you should to check as sometimes it could be many hundreds of pounds. The answer will be helpful as a) areas may cause problems in the block as the common areas may start to deteriorate where repairs remain unpaid b) if the tenants have an issue with the running of the building you will wish to have all the details Is there a share of the freehold?

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