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Conveyancing in Newbury Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 12/10/17

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Newbury -

By road: Newbury is served by the M4, A4, A34 and A339. By rail: The nearest train station is Newbury. By air: The three closest airports to Newbury are TAG London Farnborough Airport (33 miles), Southampton Airport (37), and London Heathrow Airport (46).

Hospital: West Berkshire Community, London Road, Benham Hill, Thatcham, RG18 3AS. Council: Newbury Town Council (www.newbury.gov.uk).

Attractions: Highclere Castle, West Berkshire Museum, Donnington Castle, Kennet and Avon Canal, and Bucklebury Farm Park.

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We have had a very reasonable quote from you, but will we need to pay any additional charges when the transaction completes?

Homeward Legal will not charge hidden extra charges for any reason. You should be aware that some solicitors only estimate conveyancing costs. The final bill you receive may be much more than you were expecting as a consequence. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to obtain your fixed-fee quote backed up with our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

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I am buying in Newbury, but do we need conveyancing searches?

Conveyancing searches are a standard set of questions requested by the purchaser's conveyancing lawyer from local and national authorities. These searches only deal with facets affecting the legal title of the property and are, therefore, an essential part of the conveyancing process.

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Do I need to choose the solicitors’ firm recommended by our estate agent in Newbury?

Estate agent recommendations are a common way to appoint a solicitor. However, these referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online, as an agent may select the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral-fee, and not the best solicitor for your needs. For more assistance, why not call Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699?

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I would like to know which lenders in Newbury your lawyers are able to work with. Which panels are you on?

Most lenders in Newbury are on Homeward Legal’s solicitors' panels. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Newbury include:

  • St. James's Place Wealth Management, Montague Court, 21-25 London Road, Newbury, RG14 1JL
  • Firstxtra Financial Services, The Pavilion, Newbury Business Park, London Road, Newbury, RG14 2PZ
  • Your First Mortgage Co., Queen Anne House, 35 Oxford Street, Newbury, RG14 1JG
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For the purchase, we have chosen NatWest as our lender, but is there anything we need to know?

Some lenders have taken the decision to limit the number of solicitors who can act for them. Homeward Legal, though, will act for all large lenders, approved by the council of Mortgage Lenders, to ensure that you will not need to pay legal fees for your lender's solicitor.

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How much will searches cost on a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Newbury?

Conveyancing searches range in cost depending on which ones are ordered and to what depth they go. In addition, if you are buying with the help of a mortgage, your lender may request additional searches be performed. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and will not be included in a quote for solicitor's fees. Homeward Legal’s quotes make the distinction between the two charges absolutely clear. Try our quote calculator or call us on 0800 038 6699 for more information.

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How long should the conveyancing process in Newbury take?

The length of time required to transact property does vary from between as little as three weeks to as much as three months. This duration is based on a range of legal considerations including whether any party has a mortgage. With our specialist solicitors at Homeward Legal, your transaction is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service.

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With regards to the fact that 2012 was second-wettest year since 1920, are the environmental searches sufficient to establish the flood-risk in Newbury?

Your solicitor in Newbury will apply for flood-risk searches, which will also include a far more informative and in-depth flood search, if it is felt necessary. If you are concerned, you could contact a neighbour or a local flood-damage builder, such as C. Rumens Builders, 5 Southfields, Graces Lane, Chieveley, Newbury, RG20 8XQ Tel: 01635 248996.

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I am buying in Newbury, do we need conveyancing searches?

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Conveyancing searches are a standard set of questions requested by the purchaser's conveyancing lawyer with local and national authorities. These searches only deal with facets affecting the legal title.

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Which parts of Newbury are secured by a conservation area?

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Buyers in Newbury should be aware of a number of local areas of conservation. A lawyer will address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area and be able to offer more information.

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What type of environmental searches in connection with the risk of flooding to properties in Berkshire will my property lawyer in Newbury be able to conduct for a Regency maisonette we intend to buy?

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A residential property lawyer will conduct official environmental searches that should include Newbury flood risk information. In addition your Newbury solicitor might possibly advocate a significantly more in-depth flood search.

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What can impact land in Newbury. Are they an issue?

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Property can be contaminated by a broad range of natural causes, such as proximity to waste sites and military land. An environmental search will give more detail.

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The vendor looks to have installed out of place new windows on the house in Newbury which I think might infringe on nearby conservation area rules

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The property solicitor will make enquiries to confirm whether the property is located within a designated conservation area and whether any alterations have the appropriate permissions from the local authority.

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Which local authority is responsible for Newbury?

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Newbury is located in West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 5LD, phone: 01635 42401

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How much can searches cost?

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Conveyancing searches ranges in cost. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and will not be included in a quote for solicitor's fees.