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Conveyancing in Billericay Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/07/17

Buying a property in Billericay? Pertinent nearby public service facts and figures ;

Billericay train station is approximately a mile from Billericay and the nearest airport to Billericay is London, Southend Airport (13 miles). London City Airport is 18 miles, London Airport is 13 miles, Rochester Airport is 20 miles and Stansted Airport is 20 miles away.

The neighbouring hospital for Billericay is Nuffield Brentwood.

Q.

How do I find the best rates for conveyancing for a £120,000 house?

A.

Many firms claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions. Additional charges needs to be reasonable and clear. They be applicable solely where your conveyancer must perform additional tasks , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

Q.

For a fast conveyancing process on the purchase of a £538k property, what should we do?

A.

Primarily, finding a communicative conveyancing solicitor is key moving faster. There are various jobs you as the purchaser could do to speed up the legal work. These include:

  • arranging your mortgage offer
  • calling or emailing the conveyancing solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays
  • quickly completing and return any forms

Q.

Does the solicitor in Billericay tell me about the amount to be paid of council tax on a Band G cottage before exchange?

A.

The property solicitor will liaise with the governing Basildon local authority to discover the appropriate council tax rates, which will then be set out in the conveyancer's title report. The correct rates for homes in Billericay are detailed on the Basildon council site. Currently, 14 December 2012, rates for all bands are:

  • Band A - £1,032.00
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  • Band B - £1,204.00
  • Band C - £1,376.00
  • Band D - £1,548.00
  • Band E - £1,893.00
  • Band F - £2,237.00
  • Band G - £2,581.00
  • Band H - £3,097.00

Q.

Will a local Billericay property solicitor commission official or personal searches on my property purchase?

A.

The conveyancing solicitor will brief you about the most appropriate type of search, depending on factors like search price. If personal searches are used the lawyer might perhaps consider a search agent e.g Pali Basildon and Southend - a trading name of Pali 48 Limited, 7 Grange Parade, Grange Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2RF Tel: 01277 626181.

Q.

Do I need to instruct the law firm suggested by the agent?

A.

It is commonplace for agents to endorse a conveyancing solicitor. Such referrals should be compared to other online or local firms, as an agent may select the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

Q.

We are purchasing with the Co-op, what will I need to consider?

A.

Buyers should be aware that, recently, a number of lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. This can mean increased conveyancing costs for purchasers. Homeward Legal, however, can act on behalf of the vast majority of mortgage lenders so that the buyer will not have to pay your lender's legal costs.

Q.

What are fixtures and fittings?

A.

Chiefly, fixtures are fixed to floors, walls and ceilings, whereas fixtures are easier to detach or remove. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.

Q.

Is your solicitor team experienced enough to move quickly on the conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Billericay?

A.

Indeed we are familiar with local and national auctions and regularly do the legal conveyancing auction buyers and sellers. Homeward Legals panel of lawyers have in the past acted for many buyers and sellers at regional residential property auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Prudent auction buyers will select a residential lawyer as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for a full report of the lot well before the auction day. After the day of bidding your Homeward Legal lawyer is absolutely focused on concluding the transaction within a as tight time frame as usually required .

 
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