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Conveyancing in Catshill Q & A's

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Updated: 21/10/17

Practical regional public service information -

Catshill is roughly 1/4m of the M5 Junction 4 Northbound.

The closest airport to Catshill is Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport. Birmingham Airport is 16 miles, and Defford Airport (disused) Airport is 19 miles away and Catshill's closest train station is Bromsgrove.

Princess Of Wales Bromsgrove is a nearby hospital to Catshill.

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How do I find affordable conveyancing?

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The confusion over what is, and is not, included in a 'cheap' quote leaves many buyers paying out more than they anticipated in the end. Many solicitors offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional charges are often hiding in the terms of engagement which unwary buyers fail to check. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

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Is gazumping common practice in Catshill?

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Gazumping occurs when an offer is accepted but then rejected by the house seller, in favour of a higher offer. The will be a chance of getting gazumped in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. Instructing your conveyancing solicitor as soon as possible is a key first step to reducing this risk.

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What steps can we take to get out of paying stamp duty on the home?

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Stamp duty scheme should be treated with extreme caution in Catshill, because these schemes are often uneconomical and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later meaning that the full stamp duty amount, interest and additional fines will be imposed.

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If I am buying in Catshill near parsonage grounds, should you get a search for chancel liability?

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Property owners in a neighbourhood near a local church are expected to contribute towards repairs, as a result

of chancel repair liability. Parochial Church Councils in Catshill must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. The solicitor acting on your behalf will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary. Catshill church properties include Christ Church.

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Which local authority is responsible for Catshill?

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Catshill is located in Bromsgrove District Council, The Council House, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 1AA, phone: 01527 881 288

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What can a Catshill conveyancing lawyer advise if the home I hope to purchase is situated in a Birmingham conservation area that possibly has incongruous dormer windows fitted?

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Birmingham council Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search conducted by your Catshill property lawyer in the process of the conveyancing will establish the existence of the appropriate council approval for any additions to the property.

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For a fast exchange and completion on the purchase of a £963,000 house, what do we need to do?

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Crucial to a fast transaction is to employing a communicative solicitor. There are a number of things you, as the buyer, can also do. These include:

  • arranging your mortgage offer
  • requesting regular updates from your solicitor and keep the pressure on
  • quickly answering your solicitor's questions (by email if possible)

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What particular searches should the Catshill conveyancing solicitor do on a Catshill flat?

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The common conveyancing procedure will be to obtain the following Local Authority Search, Drainage Search, Environmental and Limestone Search as well as any special local Catshill searches for example Official Search of Whole with Priority (OS1).