Conveyancing in Birmingham Q & A
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Conveyancing in Birmingham Q & A

Moving into a residential property in the Birmingham area? Read our local Birmingham travel and public service information here:

As confirmed by the most recent census the population of Birmingham is 1 73 045 spread over an area of 129 635 hectares (320 335 acres) giving a population density of 8.3 people per hectare or 3.3 per acre.

Birmingham’s closest train station is Birmingham Snow Hill and the nearest airport is Birmingham Airport (at 7 miles away).

Coventry Airport is also just 20 miles away and Wolverhampton Business Airport is just 16 miles away, making Birmingham a very well connected city.

Drivers are also well-catered for in Birmingham with good motorway access leading off Junction 6 of the M6.

Emergency services include: A&E For Birmingham Children’s Hospital which is fairly central.

How do I find low cost conveyancing in Birmingham?

Various firms offer 'the cheapest conveyancing' but extra costs can inflate the solicitor's invoice. Any extra charges included in the terms should be clearly defined. The conveyancing quote ought to list the disbursements to be paid.

I am buying with Natwest, what will we need to know?

Buyers need to be aware that, recently, a number of lenders are now limiting the firms who can act for them, which may result in greater legal costs for property buyers. Homeward Legal are able to act on behalf of most lenders in the UK.

How many weeks should it to take our lawyer to handle the legal process for a maisonette in Birmingham?

The conveyancing process can take anywhere from 1 month to twelve weeks, which can be affected by any number of things e.g. the speed of the vendor's conveyancing solicitor, or the speed of other lawyers in the chain. Homeward Legal's property solicitors are extremely focused on speed and communication, with the aim of exchanging as soon as we can. Find out how to speed the conveyancing process up yourself.

Of the large Birmingham mortgage lenders, which firms are on your panel?

Homeward Legal can work with the majority of lenders serving Birmingham homebuyers. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Birmingham include Aviva, 145 Great Charles St Queensway, Birmingham, B3 3LT, Birmingham, Cornwall Buildings/45-51 Newhall St, Birmingham, B3 3QR, and Chelsea Building Society, 61 New St, Birmingham, B2 4DU.

How can we protect against getting gazumped?

Gazumping arises when a house seller accepts the 1st purchaser's offer and then dismisses it, opting for a second purchaser's offer. This may happen weeks into a transaction. Because acceptance of an offer is not binding on the seller until exchange of contracts, there is a risk of gazumping. You should instruct your property solicitor as soon as you can to reduce the chance of gazumping.

Will a property in Sparkbrook, Birmingham be eligible for disadvantaged area Stamp Duty relief?

As of the 2013/14 tax year in April, Stamp Duty tax relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available. This means that any property costing more than £125,000 will have a Stamp Duty bill added on.

When do I need to speak to a conveyancing solicitor?

Whether buying or selling, the sooner the better, as conveyancing involves various tasks which may be carried out immediately. Early instruction of a solicitor to act on your Birmingham sale or purchase can limit the risk of your transaction falling through.

What will the fees for the conveyancing searches be in total for Birmingham?

With a Homeward Legal conveyancing solicitor, your conveyancing searches will vary slightly according to your location. For example, a property in Wales would definitely need a mining search added on, which may increase the price slightly. To find out exact costs of conveyancing searches, why not just run a quick quote? There’s no obligation to buy, but our fixed fee system means that if you do decide to go for Homeward Legal, we won’t add any extra costs on later. If you’d like to learn more about conveyancing searches, read our short guide.