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Common questions asked concerning the Mortgage Agency Services Conveyancing Panel

I need to swap lawyers as my lawyer is not on the Mortgage Agency Services panel of conveyancing solicitors. Is it practical to instruct different lawyers?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
I am purchasing a brand new duplex and my lawyer is telling me that she is duty bound to disclose incentives from the seller as her firm is on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel. The Estate Agents are hassling me to exchange and I have no desire to delay matters. is my lawyer taking the correct approach?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the Mortgage Agency Services approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Mortgage Agency Services). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
Do all mortgage companies provide you with an approved list of solicitors? How do you know who is on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel?
The firms themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from Mortgage Agency Services directly.
My house is up for sale and I have a buyer. Does my solicitor have to be on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel in order to deal with redeeming my mortgage?
Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the Mortgage Agency Services 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.
When it comes to mortgage companies such as Mortgage Agency Services do lawyers have to be pay a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?
We are not aware of any lender fees to be on their panel although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
Hi, thinking about buying a house off my mate. Assuming we can agree a figure, what’s the best way to move forward? I hope to get a mortgage with Mortgage Agency Services. Is it possible to avoid using solicitors to save on the costs? My dad reckons back in the day he did a lot of it himself, just went into the land registry office and providing them with the info they needed himself
If you are getting a mortgage with Mortgage Agency Services involved you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel. We would not encourage you to both use the same solicitors' firm. There are clear conflict of interest issues and it's not going to make a huge difference to the speed of the overall process. So as not to hold things us you should pass on your solicitors details to Mortgage Agency Services. Feel free to use our search tool to look for a licensed conveyancer or solicitor on the Mortgage Agency Services conveyancing panel.
My offer on house has been accepted, but there is a chain. 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 should be my next step? When should I get the mortgage app going with Mortgage Agency Services?
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 Mortgage Agency Services 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 Mortgage Agency Services and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.