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Common questions asked concerning the New Street Mortgages Conveyancing Panel
Much to my surprise I have been told by my estate agent that my property lawyer is not on the New Street Mortgages Conveyancing panel. How can I check?
The best course of action for you to take is to contact your lawyer directly. It is reasonable to expect your lawyer to advise you of the situation. If they are not on the panel they may recommend you to a firm that is on the the approved New Street Mortgages solicitor panel.
I am purchasing a newly constructed apartment and my lawyer is informing me that she has to reveal incentives from the builder as her practice is on the New Street Mortgages conveyancing panel. The Estate Agents are hassling me to sign contracts and my preference is not to delay the conveyancing. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have advised to do so by your lawyer. A precondition to being on the New Street Mortgages approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on New Street Mortgages). The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
I am searching for online conveyancing estimates. Can I be assured that all the firms that are listed on your directory are on the New Street Mortgages conveyancing panel?
The law firms on our directory have assured us via an online form that they are on the New Street Mortgages panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the New Street Mortgages panel. To date we have not been informed by either a bank or a member of the public that the data about a specific firm being on the New Street Mortgages conveyancing panel is not accurate.
I would like to get my former partner removed the mortgage deeds. Can New Street Mortgages really tell me which solicitor I can or can not instruct?
You can use any solicitor you like but New Street Mortgages then has the right to appoint a different solicitor to act for them at your expense. It might be more cost effective and quicker to instruct a lawyer who is on the New Street Mortgages solicitors panel
We have agreed to purchase a house.One unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender New Street Mortgages be concerned
Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with New Street Mortgages your lawyer must to check the New Street Mortgages conveyancing instructions contained in the Part of CML Handbook for New Street Mortgages . The CML Handbook contains minimum requirements for solar panel roof-space leases, and solicitors are required to report to New Street Mortgages where a lease does not meet these requirements. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales. Requirements for Scotland are due in the near future.
Is it common for New Street Mortgages to withdraw a mortgage offer and what would be the reasoning?
Lenders such as New Street Mortgages can withdraw their mortgage offer although this rarely happens. In the unlikely event that New Street Mortgages withdraw their offer they may or may not inform you or the lawyer as to their reasoning. There are many potential reasons but here are 5 examples:
- If the borrower informs New Street Mortgages of a change in the loan amount agreed
- Where the purchase price and borrowers direct contribution differ to details on the mortgage application form completed by the borrower
- Where the sale is not at arms length for value to unconnected persons
- Where the lender is on notice of a restriction or a right of pre-emption which is not at market value
- If the lender reasonably believe that the applicant, borrower, mortgagor or guarantor is insolvent or is about to become insolvent or has or will have a petition presented or if any one or all enter into any arrangement with their creditors generally or if any one or all should suffer a material change in their financial circumstances
New Street Mortgages 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 New Street Mortgages or your broker and complete any relevant paperwork. New Street Mortgages will tell you what documents they want. New Street Mortgages 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. New Street Mortgages 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.