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Ready to buy a new home in Houghton Regis? Failing to check that a lawyer is on your lender’s list of approved solicitors can put your Houghton Regis home move at risk of delay or failure.

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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Houghton Regis

Do I need to visit the offices of the solicitor to execute the mortgage deed? If so, I will appoint a lawyer who conducts conveyancing in Houghton Regis so that I can attend their offices if necessary.

As opposed to twenty years ago, the vast majority mortgage companies no longer need their conveyancing panel solicitor to witness the borrowers signature. You will still be obliged to provide ID documents and there are still manifest advantages to instructing a local practitioner, in your situation a conveyancing solicitor in Houghton Regis.

Have just purchased a probate house at auction in Houghton Regis. Conveyancing is needed. What are my next steps?

Given that you are now exchanged you must retain a conveyancing lawyer soon as you will have a fast approaching a fixed date to complete the property. All auction property will have a bespoke auction set of papers. This will likely include evidence of title and search results. In the case of leasehold property the conveyancing papers should contain a copy of the lease, management information and a sellers leasehold information form and associated conveyancing paperwork pertinent to a leasehold property. You need to give this to the conveyancer instructed by you at the earliest opportunity. Do make sure that you have funds in place to complete the transaction on the set completion date.

I can not work out if my mortgage offer obliges me to make sure the lease term for the flat is extended prior to the completion date. I have called my Houghton Regis bank branch on various occasions and was reassured it wasn't a problem and they would lend. My Houghton Regis conveyancing solicitor - who is on the mortgage company conveyancing panel- called and was told they would not lend based on their specific requirements. I simply don't know who is right.

Provided that the lawyer is on the mortgage company approved list, they must adhere to the CML Handbook provisions for the lender. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that the mortgage company will go ahead, your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask the bank to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years left on the lease.

My offer was accepted on a property in Houghton Regis on 4/5/2022, valuation was booked 3 days after, all came back fine. Property lawyer appointed, so the only thing outstanding was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to RBS and chasing them on my offer, I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the RBS conveyancing panel. Can the lender hold off the offer?

Mortgage companies tend not to not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for RBS to deal with your lawyer's application to be on the RBS conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitor will be accepted.

How does conveyancing in Houghton Regis differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build residence in Houghton Regis contact us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is ready to move into. This is because builders in Houghton Regis typically purchase 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 accustomed to new build conveyancing in Houghton Regis or who has acted in the same development.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to tick a lot of boxes, at a reasonable figure which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently found out that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Houghton Regis. Conveyancing advisers have are soon to be appointed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Houghton Regis ?

Most houses in Houghton Regis are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area who can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Houghton Regis so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Houghton Regis conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they are used to advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a lessee you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want with the house. The lease comes with conditions such as obtaining the landlord’spermission to carry out changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the estate where the house is located on an estate. Your solicitor should advise you fully on all the issues.

Houghton Regis Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Questions you should ask before Purchasing

    Who is in charge of the block? It is important to be aware if a new roof is being installed or some other major work is due shortly that will be shared between the leaseholders and may well materially impact the level of the service fees or require a specific invoice. In the main the outlay for major works tend not to be incorporated into the service charges, albeit that a few managing agents in Houghton Regis obliged leasehold owners to contribute towards a reserve fund created for the specific purpose of building a fund for larger repairs or maintenance.

Do online conveyancing organisations cover everything a high street Houghton Regis solicitor does or must I employ a solicitor for the final stages for my conveyancing in Houghton Regis?

If you instruct an online conveyancer they should cover all the tasks your Houghton Regis solicitor would cover.

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