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Conveyancing in Crouch End Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/10/17

Some practical local services facts and figures -

Crouch End's nearest airport is London City Airport (9 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 16 miles, Luton Airport is 23 miles, London Heliport Airport is 8 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 17 miles, Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport is 16 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 12 miles, Elstree Airport is 10 miles and London Biggin Hill Airport is 19 miles away and Crouch Hill station is approximately 1 mile from Crouch End.

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Crouch End attractions

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Kenwood House English Heritage and Kentish Town St Luke Churches Conservation Trust are close to Crouch End.

The nearest hospital to Crouch End is Whittington Highgate.

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How do we find a cheap solicitor quote to buy a house?

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This catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many firms advertise 'the cheapest conveyancing', but additional fees will be included in the solicitor's terms. Any charges which are listed in your solicitor's terms needs to be reasonable. We offer quotes, not estimates, and clearly state all legal fees you pay for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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With a home ready to buy , can we organise fast conveyancing?

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Crucial to a fast completion is to use a proactive and experienced lawyer. When finding a lawyer, consider these points: Do they use email? How soon will they order searches? Did you experience any delays when requesting a quote?

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How long should I expect it to take our assigned property solicitor to exchange the legal work for a maisonette in a house we hope to buy in Crouch End?

The conveyancing process can take anywhere from 1 month to 12 weeks contingent on any number of things, such as the speed of the sellers solicitor, or the length of the chain.

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For the purchase, my mortgage lender, we have chosen The Woolwich, is there anything we need to be aware of?

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Over the last two years, some lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel. For house purchasers, this can result in significantly increased conveyancing costs. Homeward Legal are able to act for many lenders.

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Are we likely to be gazumped?

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This describes circumstances where a seller approves the first buyer's offer and then rejects it, opting for a greater offer. There is almost always a danger of gazumping. Consider instructing your solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer to reduce the chance of your offer being gazumped.

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Will it be necessary to get a chancel search if we are intending to buy in the parish of Hayes, near Crouch End?

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A lawyer could advise a chancel search, regardless of the parish in which the building being purchased is located. In Crouch End's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on the owners of a building where Parochial Church Councils have previously chosen not to do so, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.

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I have requested a quote from you. Could there be any hidden charges?

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Homeward Legal will never charge any extra, hidden costs to transfer a property. If you are comparing quotes, consider that some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote, which could be totally different to your final invoice.

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Will the conveyancing solicitor in Crouch End do any property conveyancing searches on the London Victorian end-of-terrace house I am purchasing

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If purchasing and getting a mortgage the mortgage lender insist that at least these searches - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search and Environment Search, as well as any area-specific searches e.g. a HS2 Search.