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Conveyancing in Dunston Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 19/07/17

Useful regional transport and public service details:

Dunston's nearest airport is Newcastle Airport (6 miles). Dunston's closest train station is Dunston.

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Dunston area info

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Newcastle Tyne & Wear Windmill, Gateshead Shipley Art Gallery Art Gallery and Newcastle Upon Tyne Laing Art Gallery Art Gallery are in Dunston.

The most convenient hospital to Dunston is Dunston Hill Gateshead.

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How do we get the best rates for conveyancing in Dunston for a £472,000 house?

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Many firms promote theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes. However extra charges can inflate your final bill. Any disbursements should be included on the quote

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I have taken out a conveyancing quote from you. May I end up paying any extra fees?

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Regrettably, hidden fees are not uncommon in conveyancing. Homeward Legal's solicitors never hide any hidden fees. If you are comparing quotes, consider that some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote, which they will not be bound to.

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My agent has referred a firm of solicitors that they have used before. Do we need to instruct them?

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Your Seahouses agent will be able to influence a conveyancing firm they refer a large number of clients to, and can therefore pressure a slow solicitor to work faster. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may decide to recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

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What can contaminate land in Dunston, and should they be an issue?

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Residential property in Dunston may have been contaminated by a broad range of environmental factors, like sand or clay quarries or nearby electrical substations. An environmental search will give more information.

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We need to know which Dunston lenders your lawyers work with. Which panels are you on?

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Homeward Legal are able to work with all the major lenders assisting Dunston purchasers. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Dunston include Halifax, 90 The Galleria/Metrocentre, Gateshead, NE11 9YH, and C2G, Suite B1 Kingfisher House/Kingsway, Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, NE11 0JQ.

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The property seller has unfortunately installed conspicuous satellite dishes to the house in Dunston which we think may conflict with nearby conservation area rules

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A lawyer will carry out searches to check if the property is inside a conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have requisite permission from the Gateshead council.Should no local authority consents be available your solicitor will give you professional advice on the options which may include buying an indemnity insurance or obtaining retrospective permission.

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Myself and my partner are purchasing in Dunston. Can we verify that the building is in a designated conservation area?

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Areas considered to be of architectural or historic interest, like stretches of canals, may be designated as conservation areas. A conveyancing solicitor will discuss what specific restrictions are in place and provide more details for conservation areas in Dunston.

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Will my Dunston property lawyer report on the risk of local flooding in Dunston?

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A property lawyer will conduct standard property conveyancing searches that will include Dunston area flood risk information. In some cases a conveyancing solicitor in Dunston might advise an inexpensive additional specialist flood risk search.

 
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