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Conveyancing in Kent Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 26/04/17

Commuting to the area? ;

Rochester, Maidstone Rd Airport is 16 miles from Kent. London Airport is 23 miles, Manston Airport is 23 miles, Lydd Airport is 22 miles and Rochester Airport is 16 miles away and the nearest train station to Kent is Faversham.

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Things to do in Kent

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Charing Kent Windmill, Belmont Historic Houses Association and Maison Dieu English Heritage are in Kent.

The closest hospital for Kent is Faversham Cottage.

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How do I find a discount conveyancing estimate?

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Many firms offer theoretically cheap conveyancing. Often extra fees can inflate your solicitor's invoice. Any additional costs should be fair and reasonable. They be applicable solely where your solicitor must complete work beyond standard conveyancing , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Your quote should state any disbursements.

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If I am buying in Kent on the same road as a parsonage, do we need to get a chancel search?

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Property owners in a neighbourhood near nearby church property must contribute towards repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. Following the Land Registration Act 2002, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. Your conveyancing lawyer can provide more details. Church properties in the area include St Mary the Virgin and Vigo Church.

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Will the fees for our conveyancing cover any hidden charges?

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No. Homeward Legal do not charge any hidden extra charges. Some solicitor do not give accurate quotes, only estimates. You may face a much greater total fee when you have completed.

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Would you advise taking action to avoid paying stamp duty to the Revenue?

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Stamp duty mitigation should be treated with extreme caution, as such schemes are often uneconomical and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed .

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For a fast conveyancing process on the purchase of a £630,000 residence, what should we do?

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Contacting a proactive solicitor is the key to a faster move. There are a range of things you as the buyer could do to speed up the process, including, calling or emailing the solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays, answering any queries raised by your solicitor as soon as possible and ordering a property survey early in the transaction.

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Are buyers frequently gazumped in Kent?

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Gazumping describes circumstances where a property seller approves an offer and then rejects it in favour of another buyer's offer. Though being gazumped is uncommon when property prices are falling, there is still a danger. You should instruct your solicitor early to reduce the chance of your transaction being gazumped.

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At what point should you instruct a solicitor?

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If you use a conveyancing firm offering a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, the earlier, the better. Promptly instructing a solicitor could mitigate the chance of the other side pulling out.

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Will a conveyancing solicitor in Kent carry out personal or official searches on my property purchase?

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Your property lawyer will advise regarding the best route, depending on factors like local authority turnaround times. For personal searches, the solicitor might look for a local search agent for example Assured Property Searches Ltd, APS House, 113 Kingsway, Petts Wood, Kent, BR5 1PP Tel: 0845 680 1122.

 
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