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Conveyancing in Bishops Stortford Q & A's

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Updated: 21/04/17

Bishops Stortford attractions

Stansted Mt Essex Windmill and Stansted Mountfitchet St Mary the Virgin Churches Conservation Trust are situated in Bishops Stortford.

Motorists are well served with Bishops Stortford situated with good major road access very close at 1 1/2m of Junction 8 Southbound of the M11.

Stansted Airport is 4 miles from Bishops Stortford. Luton Airport is 23 miles, Cambridge City Airport is 24 miles and away and the nearest train station to Bishops Stortford is Bishops Stortford, almost 1 mile away.

The most convenient hospital for Bishops Stortford is Herts & Essex Bishops Stortford.

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How do we get the best rates for conveyancing for a £251,000 house?

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Many firms offer cheap conveyancing, but additional charges are often hiding in the terms and conditions. This small print is often not read by homeowners in a hurry. Applicable disbursements must also be stated on a conveyancing quote Costs ought to be reasonable. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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My wife and I are buying in Bishops Stortford. Can we check that the building is in a conservation area?

A.

These areas qualify local areas of architectural or historic interest. Your solicitor will be able to offer more information and address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area, regarding specific conservation areas in Bishops Stortford.

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The Bishops Stortford home being purchased is on a brownfield land. Can the soil still be contaminated?

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The risks posed by topsoil contamination to Bishops Stortford inhabitants are usually low. Metal contamination of topsoil in Bishops Stortford is more likely to occur near disused factories or waste management sites. Data on other contaminants, like disinfection by-products, will also be included in an environmental search.

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Would you advise that I get a chancel search? We are buying a home in Bishops Stortford.

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There are thousands of ecclesiastical parishes in England and Wales. Property owners within some of these may be required to contribute towards the cost of the repair of a local church. Parochial Church Councils in Bishops Stortford must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. A solicitor will be able to advise further. Bishops Stortford Church of England properties include Hatfield Heath Holy Trinity, Holy Trinity, St James the Great and St Michael.

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Handling the legal work without a lawyer in Bishops Stortford appears to be becoming possible when buying a house. Would it be wise ?

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Hypothetically there is absolutely no argument why a home buyer shouldn't engage in the majority of the legal process unaided. However, a solicitor typically handles a long list of skilled tasks such as chasing replies to enquiries and ensuring listed building alterations are compliant most of which require a qualified professional.

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How can we guard against gazumping?

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The practice of rejecting an offer which has been accepted once another buyer makes a bigger offer is called gazumping. Although being gazumped is less common in a declining market, there will always be a chance. Instructing a fast, efficient solicitor as soon as you can to handle your transaction should help to reduce the likelihood of gazumping.

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Will we need a chancel search if I am intending to purchase in the parish of Pirton?

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The property solicitor should confirm that a chancel search be ordered. In Bishops Stortford's much older areas, chancel repair can be imposed on new owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have not imposed the same liability on the last owners.

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For a residence valued at £1.161mil. What should be calculated for stamp duty?

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The Stamp Duty rate due is calculated based on the house or flat's price. It will be £58050 on a £1.161mil property.

 
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