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Conveyancing in Alcester Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

Alcester area info

Kinwarton Dovecote National Trust Coughton Court Historic Houses Association and Billesley All Saints Churches Conservation Trust are in the vicinity of Alcester.

Alcester's closest train station is Wilmcote at 5 miles. The nearest airport to Alcester is Defford Airport (disused) Airport (15 miles). Birmingham Airport is 18 miles, Coventry Airport is 21 mile and away.

The nearest hospital to Alcester is Alcester.

Q.

We need to find the cheapest conveyancing quote. What should be watch out for?

A.

Several conveyancers claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately extra fees will be included in the terms and conditions. These terms are often ignored by excited buyers, eager to get underway. Charges should be clearly defined.

Q.

Might fees for the conveyancing hide any hidden costs?

A.

Unfortunately, hidden fees are relatively common. Homeward Legal will not charge any extra, hidden fees. Some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote, meaning that your final bill could be much higher.

Q.

We are buying a 1950s building in a designated conservation areas. How does one find data in respect of the standard of upkeep of the area?

A.

English Heritage, a government body, maintain a list of the condition of conservation areas.

Conservation areas are nominated by Stratford-on-Avon who administer everything from street furniture to the obstruction of traffic signs.

Q.

I am interested in purchasing a building in Alcester. How can we check that the building is in a conservation area?

A.

Areas considered to be of historical or architectural value, like 18th century suburbs, may be designated as conservation areas. Living in a conservation area can mean properties can be easier to sell, but the restrictions create additional maintenance and repair responsibilities. A solicitor will discuss what specific restrictions are in place.

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Is gazumping accepted in Alcester?

A.

Gazumping occurs when an offer is rejected, following initial acceptance, by the home owner and then selecting a higher offer. The will be a risk of getting gazumped in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct your property solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.

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Which local authority is responsible for Alcester?

A.

Alcester is located in Stratford on Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford- upon- Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HX, contact: 01789 267 575

Q.

If we are buying in the parish of Wishaw, are we advised to get a chancel search?

A.

Regardless of the Alcester parish in which you are buying, the conveyancing lawyer may suggest that a chancel search be taken out. In Alcester's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have not done so in the past.

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What are conveyancing searches in regard to?

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Searches are common set of queries performed in the interest of the purchaser, including a brine search, and refer to legal-related matters.

 
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