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Conveyancing in Choppington Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/02/18

Pertinent local public transport and services facts -

The closest airport to Choppington is Newcastle Airport (9 miles). and Pegswood station is almost 3 miles from Choppington.

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Choppington attractions and landmarks

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Blyth Lighthouse and Plessey Woods Country Park are close to Choppington.

The nearest hospital is Ashington, Wansbeck General.

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Please confirm the cheapest fee for a 754k home? I need to find a fixed rate conveyancing estimate in Choppington.

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Both high-street and online law firms advertise cheap conveyancing. However additional fees may be added into the solicitor's terms of engagement. Any extra fees which are listed in the terms ought to be reasonable. They only be applied if the conveyancer must perform additional tasks on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Get a quote using the Homeward Legal quote calculator for the property you are buying.

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Are there any areas of conservation in the area?

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With around 9,000 conservation areas in England, the areas in or near Choppington include several areas of historic or architectural significance registered as protected. Your lawyer will offer more information and discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area.

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Should I be concerned about gazumping?

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This is widespread across England and Wales and arises when a home owner agrees to a lower offer, only to dismiss it in favour of a greater offer. Because acceptance of an offer is not binding on the seller until exchange of contracts, there is a risk of gazumping. Instructing a proactive solicitor as soon as possible should help to mitigate this risk.

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What causes sale conveyancing legal work to take such a long time? The last solicitor we used felt very slow.

Conveyancing may potentially be delayed. Homeward Legal do our best to diminish their cost where feasible by using fast search providers. Delays may include problems with arranging a mortgage.

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The agent has offered the property lawyer which they often use. Must we instruct this solicitor?

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It is not uncommon for agents to recommend a solicitor, however, such referrals should be compared against alternatives, as there is a risk that an agent may choose the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

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Are your house conveyancing solicitors geared up for very fast completions on the conveyancing for auction properties in Choppington?

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Our team work closely with auctioneers and regularly act for auction buyers and sellers. It is a smart move to appoint a good lawyer as quickly as they can for a thorough investigation. well in advance of the day of bidding.

Subsequently, immediately after the auction day your instructed conveyancing solicitor is utterly geared up to completing the purchase within as short a time frame as conventionally required .

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What does a Choppington property solicitor advise if the home is situated in a conservation area in Northumberland local authority which appears to have ill-suited windows fitted?

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The local authority search (LLC1 - Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search) conducted by a property lawyer during the conveyancing process should determine whether the Choppington property a conservation area and evidence of consent for alterations will be asked for.

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Is it advisable that I get a chancel search if we are purchasing a Choppington flat by a rectory built in the 1600s?

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The judgement in a landmark case in 2003 reaffirmed that 'lay impropriators' of property must contribute towards the cost of church repairs. A chancel search will confirm whether liability for Choppington properties is likely to exist. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Choppington churches include St Paul the Apostle.