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FAQs : The Masthaven Bank Solicitor Panel
The conveyancer my husband and I had intended to instruct on a purchase said he would charge more if my mortgage is with Masthaven Bank due to their unusual legal requirements. Am I likely to be frustrated using Masthaven Bank? Is Masthaven Bank conveyancing so much more difficult?
Masthaven Bank conveyancing requirements for their panel are no better or no more complicated than most lenders. It is the case now the CML Handbook, the "bible" used by solicitors to establish lender requirements, is different for each lender. It is not clear if your lawyer is on the Masthaven Bank conveyancing panel. If they are not, this does add further risk of delay as Masthaven Bank will appoint their own solicitors to look after their interest.
Please assist. My lawyer is not to blame but, the conveyancing for my house purchase has been going on for months. The Local Authority Search from Masthaven Bank was issued random date and we have agreed a date for me to move into the property on Tues etc. My lawyer informs me that as she is on the Masthaven Bank conveyancing panel she needs to reorder the searches as they are no longer valid.
One of the many conditions to being on the Masthaven Bank approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Masthaven Bank)which states that a local authority search be not more than half a year old. You should nevertheless ask your lawyer to check whether something called ‘search validation’ indemnity insurance is acceptable to Masthaven Bank.
I have checked your search tool I can't find the lawyer I was hoping to instruct as being on the Masthaven Bank conveyancing panel. My lawyer has said that they are on the Masthaven Bank 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 Masthaven Bank 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 Masthaven Bank solicitor panel.
My grandmother passed away 10 months ago and as sole heir and executor was left the property. The house had a relatively small loan left on it of around £8000. I want to transfer the title deeds into my name whilst I re-mortgage to Masthaven Bank , pay off the mortgage etc. Is this possible?
If you intend to re-mortgage then Masthaven Bank will insist on your using a conveyancer on the Masthaven Bank 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 Masthaven Bank 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 Masthaven Bank mortgage is registered as a charge at the Land Registry.
Are all Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Masthaven Bank conveyancing panel?
Some major lenders now use the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS membership however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their panels.
I have instructed a lawyer having made sure that they are on the Masthaven Bank conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property? Or I've read lots of mortgage guides,I note that it is considered advisable to get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my solicitor - who is on the Masthaven Bank conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?
Masthaven Bank will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Masthaven Bank 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 Masthaven Bank you could contact your them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors.
My offer on house has been accepted, the seller does however have a dependent purchase. The vendors have offered on somewhere, but not been accepted yet, and have viewings of other properties booked. My conveyancing solicitor has been instructed. What do I do now? At what point should I appy for the mortgage with Masthaven Bank?
It is usual to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket too early (mortgage application is approx £1k, then survey/valuation, conveyancing search costs, etc). First you should check that your solicitor is on the Masthaven Bank conveyancing panel. As to the next stages this very much depends on the circumstances of your case, desire for this property and on the state of the market. In a hot mortgage some buyers would pally for the mortgage with Masthaven Bank and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.
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