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Conveyancing in Benton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/07/17

Benton points of interest

Newcastle Tyne & Wear Windmill, Rising Sun Country Park and Newcastle upon Tyne Hatton Gallery Art Gallery are easily accessible from Benton.

Benton's nearest airport is Newcastle Airport. The closest train station to Benton is Newcastle, around 3 miles away.

The most convenient hospital for Benton is Freeman Newcastle.

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I am looking for low cost conveyancing. Will we get a quote or and estimate?

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The confusion over this point catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many firms claim to offer cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra fees may inflate the final bill. Any charges listed in terms and conditions ought to be reasonable. They only apply in cases where the solicitor is required to perform tasks outside a normal transaction in your interest, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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How early is it wise to instruct a conveyancer in Benton?

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With few exceptions, earlier is preferable, as there are several tasks that can begin immediately. Some authors advocate holding off instruction until a chain is completed, but doing so will put you at a disadvantage compared to better prepared buyers, or if your buyer decides to pull out due to delays.

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We are buying a £1183000, how is SDLT calculated?

The Stamp Duty you will owe will depend on the value of the house or flat. It will be £59150 on a £1183000 residential property (source: www.hmrc.gov.uk, December 2012).

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Should I make use of a conveyancing suggested by the estate agent?

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Both agents and mortgage brokers will usually endorse a law firm to handle your conveyancing. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, an agent may select the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.

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We are buying a residence in Benton. Is a chancel search appropriate?

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A conveyancing lawyer should confirm that a chancel search is taken out. Through some church councils have exercised their right to exact chancel repairs on new owners of lay rectorships, it is not possible to be certain that a parish which has not been subject to chancel liability in the past will not automatically be the case for future owners, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.

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We are intending to buy in Benton. Are there many designated conservation areas in the area?

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Conservation areas qualify areas designated as being of historical merit. A solicitor will confirm potential liability for unauthorised works and be able to offer more information.

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What do fixtures and fittings include?

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Generally speaking, there is no clear definition of fixtures and fittings. In order to avoid later issues, a fixtures and fittings form should be completed, saving heartache once the sale is completed.

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Where can I uncover more information on the standard of the conservation areas in Benton?

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Local Benton conservation area matters like property boundaries, satellite dishes or poorly maintained roads are police by the local Newcastle upon Tyne planning authority. English Heritage, a government body, administer records of the state of conservation areas.

 
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