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Conveyancing in Barnard Castle Q & A's

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Updated: 19/01/18

Things to do in Barnard Castle

Huggill Force Waterfall, Barnard Castle English Heritage and Gretna Bridge Thorpe Farm Centre Bird of Prey Centre are in the vicinity of Barnard Castle.

Bishop Auckland train station is almost 13 miles from Barnard Castle. The closest airport to Barnard Castle is Darlington, Durham Tees Valley Airport.

The nearest hospital is Richardson Barnard Castle.

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How do I get affordable conveyancing?

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This catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many property lawyers purport to offer cheap conveyancing. Often additional fees will be included in the terms and conditions. Any fees which are listed in the small print needs to be reasonable and clear. The disbursements to be paid should also be clearly stated on a conveyancing quote. Our quotes offer a clear statement of your solicitors fees for a standard purchase or sale.

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When I am purchasing in Barnard Castle near an ecclesiastical parish, would you advise that I get a chancel search?

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As a result of chancel repair liability, the owners of property in Barnard Castle which was once owned by a 'lay impropriators' can be liable for upkeep of specific local church buildings. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including county histories. Barnard Castle Church of England properties include Romaldkirk St Romald, Laithkirk, Romaldkirk St Romald and Wycliffe St Mary.

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We need to complete this house purchase as soon as possible, how can we organise a fast conveyancing transaction?

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As is often argued, finding a proactive and experienced lawyer is key fast conveyancing. There are, in addition, a number of things you could do to accelerate your conveyancing. These include:

  • keeping in regular contact with your lawyer
  • answering any queries raised by the lawyer as soon as possible
  • arranging your mortgage offer

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The estate agent we're using in Selsdon has offered a lawyer which they often use. Is it advisable to use this firm?

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Both agents and mortgage brokers may suggest a conveyancing solicitor. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best value for you.

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We have taken out a quote from you. Will there be any additional fees?

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No. Our solicitors do not charge any hidden fees to buy or sell a home in Barnard Castle.

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As a result of the widespread flooding in Sept 2012 in North East England I am wondering if environmental searches may not be sufficient?

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A property lawyer in Barnard Castle will recommend that you include specialist conveyancing searches if the standard conveyancing searches identifies a significant risk local Barnard Castle flood risk.

You could also get in touch with a neighbour for that more local history.

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What is the authority that is responsible for publishing the status of repair of Barnard Castle and Barnard Castle conservation areas?

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Conservation areas are designated by the local authority (County Durham) who preserve everything from including things like neon signs, removal of chimney stacks and private spaces. Following a campaign, English Heritage have created records of the state of repair of conservation areas.

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Does the report on title prepared by the conveyancing solicitor in Barnard Castle report back on the rates of the council tax for a Band C property before contracts are exchanged?

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Your property solicitor will consult with the council to ask about the latest council tax band and rates, which will then be written in the report on title. Council tax rates for properties in Barnard Castle are tabled at the local authority site.