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ASTRA mortgages Conveyancing Panel Recently Asked Questions

I appointed a law firm to carry out on my remortgage six weeks ago having applied for a mortgage with ASTRA mortgages. The firm reassured me that they are on ASTRA mortgages conveyancing panel and provided me their panel reference. ASTRA mortgages then told me that their panel number was dormant and would need to be reactivated. What do I do from here? Should I appoint a new solicitor currently on the approved panel for ASTRA mortgages?
You may be very frustrated with the lawyer but if it only go take a few more days they it may be worth waiting as, depending on how far progressed you are you may end up delaying the transaction by a number of weeks if you need to replace your solicitor You may wish to enlist the help of your broker to check with the ASTRA mortgages as to how long they think it will take to get the firm to get back on the panel.
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 ASTRA mortgages will not agree to this. Why was ASTRA mortgages even consulted?
Your lawyer being on the ASTRA mortgages conveyancing panel is duty bound to inform ASTRA mortgages of any changes to the purchase price. If you were to refuse your lawyers to disclose the reduction to ASTRA mortgages then they would have to discontinue acting for you and ASTRA mortgages.
Having used your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the ASTRA mortgages conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the ASTRA mortgages approved panel. How can I be sure given that they are not listed on your directory?
Not all firms are yet listed on our lender panel search tool which is still relatively new. Law firms are listing on a daily basis and it is probably the case that your lawyer is on the ASTRA mortgages conveyancing lawyer and you should probably take them at their word. Please do feel free to suggest that they completing their listing on our site as it would only cost them £1 a month to list themselves as being on the ASTRA mortgages solicitor panel.
I am selling my house. Does my solicitor have to be on the ASTRA mortgages conveyancing panel in order to deal with redeeming my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the ASTRA mortgages 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 requirements fairly frequently at the moment.
Can you point me to a directory of ASTRA mortgages panel solicitors on the CML Handbook Website?
No. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available online.
I am currently in the process of buying my council flat. I have a mortgage agreed with ASTRA mortgages. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use one. Any advice?
It is not advisable proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event if you are getting a mortgage with ASTRA mortgages you will need to appoint a solicitor on the ASTRA mortgages conveyancing panel.
My ex -wife’s name is on the ASTRA mortgages mortgage of my property but not on the land registry. The apartment was transferred to me on our divorce many years ago by way of a sealed court order. Does my ex still have a say on the sale even though the land registry showing the property in my name alone? Will I be required to take her name of the ASTRA mortgages mortgage in order to sell?
In terms of the ASTRA mortgages mortgage, it is unusual that your ex-wife’s name remains on the mortgage but not on the title. It is conceivable that this is an oversight on the part of your conveyancers to ensure that her name was removed or even an administrative error on the part of ASTRA mortgages in failing to update their data. In any event, it should cause difficulty providing her name no longer appears on the Land Registry title and you have a court order ordering that the property is transferred to you.