Is there a benefit to going to auction over a standard estate agent sale?
The majority of homes sold via an estate agent will be in a reasonable condition and usually modernised, whereas auction properties will often require a lot of modernisation or structural work before it can be lived in. That’s not to say you can’t use either for your sale, of course, irrespective of the state of the property.
Whichever option you choose, you should line up a focused, proactive solicitor on a fixed-fee agreement protected by a ‘No Completion, No Fee’ guarantee. You should appoint them as early as possible, too, so that the conveyancing work can start immediately – this is particularly important for auctions, as there is usually a four-week completion stipulation on its sale.
At Homeward Legal, we offer you’re the best quality service on all types of sale and purchase, including auctions, for competitively low fees protected by our 'No Completion, No Fee' guarantee. Try our online quote calculator or call our team on 0800 038 6699.
What do I get for my money from an estate agent?
A good estate agent will be able to bring their local knowledge into your transaction and reduce the amount of stress you might experience as part of the whole moving experience.
Although it might seem that agents do very little for their clients, they will help you set the sale price for your home by using their knowledge of similar properties, a large part will involve marketing your home by expressing it in its best light online and through fliers, phone calls and emails, etc., they will conduct viewings with ay interested potential buyers, manage the negotiations on the offers as they come in and, by law, they will also have to take all necessary steps to ensure the buyer is serious about entering into the contract to purchase the property when an offer is made.
However good you believe your chosen estate agent to be, you should take time to read through the terms and conditions thoroughly to understand what you’re paying them and what you’re going to get for your money.
The vendor appears to have installed roof aerials on the maisonette in Boston which might possibly break conservation area criteria
The property solicitor is required to establish whether your proposed purchase is affected by a conservation area and whether any alterations have essential permissions. If no suitable consents be produced the solicitor will give you professional advice on the best alternative like buying an indemnity insurance or requesting retrospective consent from the council.
What length of time should it take our assigned conveyancer to conduct the conveyancing formalities on an apartment in a recently developed house?
The conveyancing process can take anywhere from one month to 3 months depending on various factors like the efficiency of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or re-negotiations following a survey. Our conveyancing solicitors are highly focused on communication completing the legal process as soon we can.
How much can conveyancing searches cost?
With Homeward Legal's conveyancing service, clients buying a property charged at most £249 for a standard search bundle. Searches are paid to a third party, and are not included in your solicitor's fees.
Property environmental searches may be fine but with recent flooding for instance the major flooding in Sept 2012 in the East Midlands are they sufficient to verify sufficient information about the ever changing Boston flood risk area?
Conveyancing searches conducted by your Boston conveyancing solicitor will include the far more detailed flood search if it is felt necessary.
If you are still anxious it may be worth trying to get in touch with a local resident.
Should I select a property lawyer who works with by my estate agent?
It is not uncommon for agents to endorse a solicitors firm. Such referrals should be thoroughly considered, as the agent may recommend the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.