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Conveyancing in Hungerford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 15/01/18

Commuting from Hungerford? ;

Hungerford's nearest airport is Blackbushe Airport (30 miles). and Hungerford's nearest train station is Hungerford.

Savernake Marlborourgh is the closest hospital.

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How do I find the best rates for conveyancing for a 157,000 home?

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Various law firms advertise so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Often additional fees can inflate the solicitor's invoice. Any additional fees should be fair. Our online quote calculator will generate an accurate quote for your transaction.

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Would ordering a house survey be advisable if we are purchasing a property in Hungerford?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors recommend that purchasers instruct a home surveyor when buying in Hungerford. Numerous issues can affect a property, which include cavity wall tie failure, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.

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Is your panel of solicitors able to very fast completions on the conveyancing of property auction properties in Hungerford?

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Homeward Legal often act for bidders at auction. Homeward Legal usually suggest bidders to choose an affordable lawyer well in advance of the property auction to allow adequate time for a thorough review of the auction pack. Post auction your conveyancing lawyer is absolutely prepared for finishing the conveyancing in a month as usually required .

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How do we avoid paying for stamp duty to HM Revenue?

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Stamp duty scheme is not recommended for purchases in Hungerford. These schemes are highly expensive and unreliable. There have been several legal initiatives, such as for first-time buyers.

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We are buying on a brownfield site. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste like nickel (Ni)?

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Hungerford's local area has a history of contamination from industry and natural causes, like much of the UK. Metal contamination of soil in Hungerford is more likely to occur near ex-industrial or waste handling sites. Data on other contaminants, like insecticides and groundwater contaminants like petrol, will also be included in an environmental search.

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Of large Hungerford mortgage lenders, which firms are on your panel?

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The Homeward Legal partnership are able to work with many lenders approved by the CML. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Hungerford, such as Laurie Eames, Highclere Business Centre/Mount Rd, Highclere, Newbury, RG20 9QZ, Your First Mortgage Co, Queen Anne House/35 Oxford St, Newbury, RG14 1JG, and Castle Rock, Strokins Rd, Kingsclere, Newbury, RG20 5RH. The Hungerford solicitor handling the work for your sale or purchase should be able to provide more information.

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How is Hungerford contaminated land identified?

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Land will be contaminated by a broad range of natural causes, like limestone or gypsum quarrying or overhead transmission lines. An environmental search will reveal this in more detail. Contamination can be caused by local waste sites, including Barton Court Farm, Station Road, Berkshire, RG17 9SA.

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Are there many conservation areas in Hungerford?

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There are several conservation areas in or near Hungerford. Hungerford itself is named as a conservation area. You may wish to contact the local authority if you have specific questions, but your solicitor will investigate this in detail during the property transaction.