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Conveyancing in Dorset Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 11/04/18

Some useful local public service information

The closest airport to Dorset is Bournemouth International Airport. The nearest station to Dorset is Weymouth, almost 3 miles away.

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Dorset points of interest

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Portland Bill Lighthouse, Portland Castle English Heritage and Portland St George Churches Conservation Trust are near to Dorset.

The nearest hospital is Portland Castletown.

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What are the best rates for conveyancing for a £521,000 house?

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Many conveyancers claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms. Busy, stressed buyers and sellers ignore these terms at their peril. Extras should be fair.

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How do I guard against getting gazumped?

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Gazumping arises when an offer is accepted, and then rejected, by the home owner, selecting instead a higher offer. There is almost always a risk of being gazumped. Instructing an efficient solicitor early should help to mitigate this risk.

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We are purchasing a £1071000. How is stamp duty rates calculated?

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The Stamp Duty you must pay is dependent on the valuation. On a £1071000 house or flat, stamp duty will be £53550 (correct March 2013).

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Which local authority is responsible for Dorset?

  • Dorset intersects with the following local authorities: Borough of Poole Council, Civic Centre, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2RU, contact: 01202 633 633
  • Bournemouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth BH2 6DY, contact: 01202 451451
  • Dorset County Council, County Hall, Coliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ, contact: 01306 251 000
  • New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7PA, contact: 023 8028 5000
  • New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7PA, contact: 023 8028 5005
  • Purbeck District Council, Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PP, contact: 01929 556 561
  • West Dorset District Council, Stratton House, 58- 60 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UZ, contact: 01305 251 010
  • Weymouth and Portland, North Quay, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8TA, contact: 01305 838000
  • Q.

    When in the conveyancing process do we need to instruct a conveyancer in Dorset?

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    The straightforward answer is, earlier is preferable, as there are a number of tasks which may be performed very early in the process. Early instruction of a firm to act on your Dorset sale or purchase could mitigate the chance of your transaction stalling.

    Q.

    We have requested a quote from you. Will I be invoiced any hidden charges?

    A.

    Homeward Legal's solicitors do not charge any hidden extra fees to buy or sell a home in Dorset.

    Q.

    How might conveyancing legal work take months to complete?

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    The legal work needed to sell or purchase a home may take more time than budgeted. We do our best to reduce the impact of these delays whenever possible. Reasons for delay include a slow firm acting for the lender.

    Q.

    How long should I expect it to take my assigned conveyancing solicitor to exchange contracts all of the conveyancing work for a semi detached home we want to buy?

    A.

    It can take anywhere from 1 month to 3 months depending on various issues for example the efficiency of the sellers lawyer, or the number of people in the chain.