By Frances Traynor
17th October 2017
"Working in partnership is critical for an easy property transaction."
If you are selling, buying or remortgaging in Exeter, you will need to instruct a property lawyer to look after the legal work for your move.
Our conveyancing lawyers have a wealth of experience of conveyancing in Exeter and all over Devon.Our pragmatic approach often means we complete the transaction in the shortest possible time.
Our property lawyers perform all the conveyancing work for your house move for a fixed rate.
We do not charge you any solicitors fees, if for any reason your Devon move does not complete.
With Exeter and Devon experience, our solicitors will guide you through every aspect of the conveyancing process.
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When selling or buying a property in Exeter, you will need to engage a property lawyer to manage the legal work for your move.
Our conveyancing lawyers at Homeward Legal have a wealth of experience in conveyancing in Exeter and all over Devon. Our pragmatic approach means we often complete the transaction in the shortest possible time.
Yes. Homeward Legal’s team are property auction specialists and frequently perform conveyancing work for sellers at auction. Our team of auction property lawyers have previously been instructed by buyers at Exeter property auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London. Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions, and Drivers Norris. Wise auction buyers appoint a conveyancing lawyer as early as possible to review the legal documents in detail well in advance of the auction day. The lawyer will complete all legal work for your Exeter property within a four-week timeframe, which is a legal requirement for an auction transaction.
Restrictions exist to limit top-soil contamination but some contaminants will remain in the environment for decades. The local authority will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination, and your lawyer will order an environmental search, which should clarify any such issues that exist.
You can certainly do the greater part, if not all, of the conveyancing without using an Exeter conveyancing solicitor, should you decide to attempt your own legal work. However, all solicitors would warn that this is dangerous, because have-a-go conveyancers will not be covered by the appropriate insurance which practising legal firms are obliged to pay as a standard part of their operation.
Any scheme aimed at stamp duty reduction is not recommended for any property purchases. These schemes are very expensive, uneconomical and unreliable. Should the scheme fail, you could be charged up to 100% of the duty owed. If in doubt, talk to your conveyancing lawyer or call Homeward Legal to discuss with our property experts.
Getting contracts exchanged can take anywhere from 1 month to twelve weeks which can depend on any number of issues (e.g. the speed of the vendor's lawyer in completing their tasks, or renegotiations).
Estate agents can influence a conveyancing solicitor if they refer a large number of clients to them. Agents may choose to refer clients to the specific solicitor, because the lawyer might reduce delays in the conveyancing process, or the decision may be governed by the attractiveness of the solicitor’s referral revenue stream. It is worth comparing an agent referral against alternatives (such as local solicitors or online firms) as the agent may prefer to propose the solicitor, who is willing to pay the highest referral fee but not be the best value for you. Use the Homeward Legal quote calculator for a fixed-fee price quote, which is covered by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee. Or you can call us on 0800 038 6699.
Simply instructing a conveyancing lawyer as soon as possible is a wise move, because the legal work can then start straight away. Prompt instruction of a solicitor could mitigate the risk of your sale or purchase falling though.
The property solicitor will carry out searches, in order to identify whether the property is affected by a designated conservation area and, if so, whether any alterations have the required consent from Exeter council.