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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in St James

My best friend’s brother is a solicitor. I suspect that I'll be able to get preferential fee for conveyancing, but if not, what kind of figure should I be expecting for conveyancing in St James?

It’s prudent to look for 3 or more like-for-like conveyancing quotes. Do use our comparison tool on this page. Whilst estimates do be different but service levels do are distinct between property lawyers as is true with most professions.

I am need of leasehold conveyancing for a flat in a fairly new development (seven years built) in St James. Almost all the appartments are already sold. Is it really necessary to order neighbourhood searches as part of conveyancing in St James?

If you getting a mortgage, your lender will need some (many) of the searches so you'll have no choice. If not, then St James conveyancing searches are optional. Your lawyer, will ’encourage’, perhaps strongly, that you should have the searches done, but he or she is duty bound in this regard. One thing to bear in mind; if you are likely to sell the house one day, it may be of interest to your future buyer what the searches contain. Sometimes houses with no practical issues can still throw up adverse search results. But if you demand that your lawyer to proceed without searches then your lawyer will have to follow your instructions or you may need to instruct a new lawyer for your conveyancing in St James.

How does conveyancing in St James differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build property in St James approach us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the house is ready to move into. This is because builders in St James usually 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 property lawyers 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 St James or who has acted in the same development.

Over the last few months I have been searching for a ground for flat up to £305k and found one round the corner in St James I like with a park and railway links in the vicinity, however it's only got 51 years unexpired on the lease. There is not much else in St James for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake acquiring a short lease?

If you require a home loan the shortness of the lease will likely be a potential deal breaker. Reduce the offer by the amount the lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the existing proprietor has owned the premises for a minimum of 2 years you can ask them to 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 regarding this matter.

My uncle has encouraged me to appoint his conveyancers in St James. Do I take his advice?

Much as we are happy to recommend a St James conveyancing lawyer the best way to choose a conveyancing practitioner is to seek guidance from friends or relatives who have actually used the firm that you are contemplating using.

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