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Conveyancing in Brandon Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/18

Brandon area information

Weeting Castle English Heritage and Grimes Graves English Heritage are situated in Brandon.

Brandon's closest airport is Cambridge City Airport (25 miles). The closest train station to Brandon is Brandon.

The nearest hospital is Swaffham Community.

Q.

How do I find the best conveyancing rates in Brandon for a £633,000 house?

A.

Several law firms offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately extra fees are often hiding in the terms of engagement. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid ought to be listed on your conveyancing quote Any costs listed in your solicitor's terms needs to be reasonable.

Q.

Should I get a building surveyor to look into this Brandon house purchase?

A.

It is strongly recommended that purchasers in Brandon instruct a RICS surveyor. Numerous concerns have a negative impact on a property, such as cavity wall tie failure. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.

Q.

I am buying a £629000. How is stamp duty calculated?

A.

The SDLT you must pay is calculated based on the home's value. On a £629000 residential property in Brandon, stamp duty will be £25160.*

*Correct February 2013

Q.

Principality Building Society is our mortgage lender, what do I need to consider?

A.

In some cases, lenders have decreased the number of firms on their approved panel, potentially creating increased legal costs for home buyers. We, fortunately, can act for most lenders in the UK, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

Q.

Does our Brandon property solicitor report back to me about the amount to be paid of council tax on a Band D building before exchanging contracts?

A.

Your homes appropriate band will usually be reported within the report on title, and by the local council

Council tax rates for Brandon are tabled on the Forest Heath local authority site. At the time of writing on 14 December 2012 rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,007.00
  • Band B - £1,175.00
  • Band C - £1,343.00
  • Band D - £1,510.00
  • Band E - £1,846.00
  • Band F - £2,182.00
  • Band G - £2,517.00
  • Band H - £3,021.00

Q.

As a consequence of the extensive flooding in the UK in April 2012 we are wondering whether environmental searches might not be sufficient?

A.

A qualified Brandon conveyancing solicitor will recommend that you get flood searches if the initial search establishes a the local Brandon flood risk

You can always get in touch with a close neighbour to get further confidence if still concerned.

Q.

Does the Brandon property lawyer report back on the potential risk of floods at Brandon on a residential property I am hoping to buy?

A.

An experienced conveyancing lawyer will apply for environmental searches that incorporate Brandon historical flood risk information.

Q.

We are purchasing a property in Brandon. How can we find out whether the property is in a designated conservation area?

A.

Conservation areas detail neighbourhoods recognised as being of 'special architectural and historic interest'. Brandon itself is named as a conservation area. A solicitor will discuss what specific restrictions are in place and be able to provide more details.