Is Homeward Legal set up to move quickly on the conveyancing of auction properties in Kempston?
Our recommended conveyancing solicitors frequently act for buyers and sellers at auction. Conveyancers typically suggest purchasers to decide on a lawyer well in advance of the auction for a detailed review of the legal papers.
Following the auction day itself your appointed conveyancing lawyer is totally geared up to finishing all of the legal work in as short a time frame as conventionally required .
If there are outstanding works approved in the planning consent, can I still use it?
Generally speaking, planning permission legally has to have an expiry date, which is usually for a period of three years from approval for the building work to start (and not necessarily complete, unless the consent has a suitable caveat).
This means that the consent is against the property and the intended construction rather than the person who made the application. As such, if the planning consent remains within the expiry period, the agreement is transferrable to the new owner of the property.
Your solicitor will be able to provide further advice, once enquiries with the local authority have been satisfactorily completed as part of the conveyancing.
Our estate agent has referred the law firm. Do we need to instruct them?
Estate agent recommendations are a commonplace path whereby buyers get a solicitor. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, an agent may decide to recommend the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.
Santander will be our lender, is there anything I need to check?
When purchasing with a mortgage, legal work must be undertaken in relation to the mortgage. Purchasers need to be aware that, recently, a number of lenders have reduced their 'solicitor panel', which may result in higher conveyancing costs for purchasers. Homeward Legal can act for most mortgage lenders.
Flood risk searches are computed from archived information and given climate change like the fact that 4 of the top 5 wettest years recorded were in last 12 years, are they comfort enough to advise us enough about the Kempston area flood risk?
An experienced Kempston conveyancer will recommend that you also get informative conveyancing searches if the standard conveyancing searches flag up a significant risk the local Kempston flood risk
You can always get in touch with a neighbour or local resident to gain more confidence.
How can we stop gazumping?
This happens when a house seller agrees to an offer, only to reject it in favour of a better offer. The will be a risk of gazumping in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. Instructing a fast, efficient solicitor as soon as possible is a key first step to reducing this risk.