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Conveyancing in Kingsthorpe Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Kingsthorpe area info

Northampton St Peter Churches Conservation Trust and Upton St Michael Churches Conservation Trust are around Kingsthorpe.

The closest train station to Kingsthorpe is Northampton, approximately 2 miles away and Turweston Aerodrome Airport is 18 miles from Kingsthorpe.

The closest hospital to Kingsthorpe is Cynthia Spencer Hospice Northampton.

Q.

How do I get fixed rate conveyancing?

A.

This issue catches out many sellers and buyers, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted, and many firms promote cheap conveyancing quotes, however extra charges will be included in the terms. Charges ought to be clearly defined. Our quotes are not estimates, stating all the solicitors fees you will pay for a standard sale or purchase.

Q.

The vendor looks to have installed ill-suited removal of chimney stacks in Kingsthorpe which I think may break nearby conservation area criteria

A.

The property lawyer should confirm if the property is located within a designated conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have requisite consents from the local authority.

Q.

For fast conveyancing on the purchase of a £305k property, what can we do to speed up our transaction?

A.

Finding a proactive and experienced solicitor is essential to buying faster. Furthermore, there are numerous things you as the purchaser could do to get moving sooner, including, requesting regular updates from your solicitor and keep the pressure on, responding to your solicitor by phone, fax or email wherever possible and confirming your mortgage offer.

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How do I guard against getting gazumped?

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This describes circumstances where a seller accepts an offer and then refuses it in favour of a higher offer. The risk of getting gazumped exists for almost any purchase. To reduce the likelihood of being gazumped, consider instructing a proactive solicitor early.

Q.

Our estate agent in Burton Latimer has put forward the solicitor that they have used before. Should we use this firm?

A.

Your Burton Latimer agent will be able to influence a law firm they refer a large number of clients to, and can therefore persuade a solicitor to wrap up the process as soon as possible. However, if they are paid a referral fee, some agents choose the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best value for you.

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As a consequence of the serious flooding in Sept 2012 in the East Midlands I am apprehensive that conveyancing and environmental searches won't be detailed enough?

A.

Flood searches applied for by the Kingsthorpe property solicitor should include the more thorough search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

If you remain still nervous it may be worth trying to contact a future neighbour.

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How much is the council tax on a Sixties terraced Band F house in Kingsthorpe?

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You should be contain your new house's council tax band in the conveyancing report on title. The latest council tax rates for properties in Kingsthorpe are set out at the Northampton council site. At the time of writing on 07 December 2012 rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £964.00
  • Band B - £1,124.00
  • Band C - £1,285.00
  • Band D - £1,445.00
  • Band E - £1,767.00
  • Band F - £2,088.00
  • Band G - £2,409.00
  • Band H - £2,891.00

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Do we need a house surveyor to look into our home purchase?

A.

It is strongly advised that home buyers instruct a RICS surveyor to undertake a survey. There can be a range of defects that affect a property, such as insect infestation.

 
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