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Magellan Homeloans Conveyancing Panel : Questions and Answers
My husband and I are purchasing a 1 bedroom flat in London with a mortgage from Magellan Homeloans. We like our lawyer but Magellan Homeloans says he's not on their "panel". We have to appoint one of the Magellan Homeloans panel firms or keep our solicitor and pay for one of their panel ones to represent them. This seems very unfair; Can we not simply insist that Magellan Homeloans use our lawyer?
Unfortunately,no. The mortgage offered to you is subject to its terms and conditions, one of which will be that lawyers will on the Magellan Homeloans conveyancing panel. Until recently, most lenders had large numbers of law firms on their panels: a borrower could choose one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. A further alternative is for your lawyer to apply to be on the conveyancing panel for Magellan Homeloans
My fiance and I are refinancing our flat with Magellan Homeloans. We have a son approaching twenty who lives with us. The solicitor on the Magellan Homeloans conveyancing panel requested us to identify any adults other than ourselves who reside at the property. Our lawyer has now e-mailed a document for our son to sign, giving up any rights in the event that the property is forfeited by the lender. I have a couple of questions (1) Is this document specific to the Magellan Homeloans conveyancing panel as he did not need to sign this form when we purchased 3 years ago (2) Does our son by signing this giving up his rights to inherit the property?
First, rest assured that your Magellan Homeloans conveyancing panel solicitor is doing the right thing as it is established procedure for any occupier who is aged 17 or over to sign the necessary Consent Form, which is purely to state that any rights he has in the property are postponed and secondary to Magellan Homeloans .This is solely used to protect the Magellan Homeloans if the property were re-possessed so that in such circumstances, your son would be legally obliged to leave.
It does not impact your son’s right to inherit the apartment. Please note that if your son were to inherit and the mortgage in favour of Magellan Homeloans had not been discharged, he would be liable to take over the loan or pay it off, but other than that, there is nothing stopping him from keeping the property in accordance with your will or the rules of intestacy.
How do I search for a local solicitor on the Magellan Homeloans conveyancing panel? I have a car and am prepared to travel up to 20 kilometers to meet the conveyancer.
Feel free to make use of the find a conveyancing panel search on this website. Please choose the lender and your location and you will see a number of lawyer located nearest you. Alternatively you can type in the name of your proposed law firm and see if they are listed as being on the Magellan Homeloans solicitor panel.
My house is up for sale and I have a buyer. Does my solicitor have to be on the Magellan Homeloans conveyancing panel in order to deal with redeeming my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the Magellan Homeloans 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.
Do conveyancing lawyers on the Magellan Homeloans conveyancing panel work on a no sale no fee basis?
On the whole there are no requirements by lenders for their firms to operate on a no-sale-no-fee basis. There a small number of lenders who operate a very restricted conveyancing panel managed by a third party company (often termed in the industry as a ‘gatekeeper’). That third party may impose certain conditions such as non-sale-no fee on the panel firms. If you require this as a condition of your conveyancing then you should check with the conveyancing firm that this is part of their service
I had an offer accepted on a house on the 12th February 2014, valuation was booked 3 days later, all came back fine. Property lawyer appointed, so all that was missing was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Magellan Homeloans and chasing them on my offer I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Magellan Homeloans conveyancing panel. Are Magellan Homeloans entitled to hold back the Mortgage pending the lawyer being on the approved list?
A lender would not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Magellan Homeloans to deal with your lawyers application to be on the Magellan Homeloans conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitors will be accepted.
Magellan Homeloans have agreed my mortgage in principle, my offer on house has been accepted, now what?
The estate agent will want to know who your solicitors are (make sure these solicitors are on the lenders panel). Call up Magellan Homeloans or your broker and complete any relevant paperwork. Magellan Homeloans will tell you what documents they want. Magellan Homeloans will instruct a valuer. The valuer will get in touch with the estate agent or seller to book an appointment. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes about week to get a mortgage offer. Magellan Homeloans will issue the offer to you and your lawyer. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing.
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