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Landmark Mortgages Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers

My financial adviser has asked me for my law firm’s panel member for the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. Can you suggest how I find this out. I have e-mailed my local Landmark Mortgages branch but they have not got back to me yet.
the sensible thing to do is ask for this information from your solicitor. They should have a central record lender panel numbers including the Landmark Mortgages panel reference.
We are due to exchange on the purchase a house but as a result of damage from the recent storms I have agreed compensation from the seller of £3k approx by way of a reduction in the price. This was going to be dealt with as part of the conveyancing process but my mortgage company Landmark Mortgages will not agree to this. Why was Landmark Mortgages even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform Landmark Mortgages of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to Landmark Mortgages then they would have to discontinue acting for you and Landmark Mortgages.
I see that you have a search directory identifying law firms on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a commission if I retain them for my house purchase?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint.
My grandmother passed away six months ago and as sole heir and executor was left the house. The house had a small mortgage remaining of approximately £4500. I want to have the title changed into my name whilst I re-mortgage to Landmark Mortgages , pay off the mortgage etc. Is this possible?
If you intend to re-mortgage then Landmark Mortgages will insist on your using a conveyancer on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. Here is link to the Land Registry online guidance around what to do when a property owner dies. This will help you to understand the registration process behind changing the details re the registered title. in your case it would appear that you are effectively purchasing the property from the estate. Your Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel solicitor pays the new mortgage money into the estate, the estate pays off the old mortgage, the charge is released and you become the owner and the Landmark Mortgages mortgage is registered as a charge at the Land Registry.
Is the case that all CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel?
Some major banks and building societies now use CQS as the starting point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. CQS membership however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their panels.
Intending to buy a flat with a mortgage with Landmark Mortgages. I have received an online quote from a licensed conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Lender if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. I wanted to make sure it means there will be no additional fees for dealing with the mortgage.
They are simply saying that the cost for acting for the lender is included in the fee being quoted. It is worth you checking that they are on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel
I have instructed a lawyer having made sure that they are on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property? Or Having read lots of house buying,I note that they all recommend that you should get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my solicitor - who is on the Landmark Mortgages conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. Is that normal?
Landmark Mortgages will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Landmark Mortgages will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller. or Your lawyer will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with Landmark Mortgages you could contact your them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors.