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Conveyancing in Norfolk Broads Q & A's

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Updated: 10/10/17

Norfolk Broads points of interest

Halvergate Windmill, Berney Arms Windmill English Heritage and Burgh Castle English Heritage are near to Norfolk Broads.

Norfolk Broads's closest airport is Norwich International Airport. and the closest train station to Norfolk Broads is Berney Arms.

The nearest hospital to Norfolk Broads is Northgate Great Yarmouth.

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We are looking for a cheap solicitor for purchasing a home. Can you assist?

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The lack of clarity surrounding this matter catches out many buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many solicitors promote theoretically cheap conveyancing quotes, but additional costs may be added into the solicitor's terms of engagement. Any disbursements should also be included on a conveyancing quote Any additional charges should be fair and reasonable.

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How early is it wise to instruct a solicitor?

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In the vast majority of cases, instructing as early as possible is better. Some groups advocate postponing instruction until the offer is accepted, but doing so will put you at a disadvantage compared to better prepared buyers, or if your buyer decides to pull out due to delays.

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Is Norfolk Broads top-soil likely to remain contaminated by tungsten?

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Norfolk Broads's local area has a history of contamination from industrial or agricultural, like much of the UK. Also considering issues such as chlorine and groundwater contaminants like silage, contaminants affecting Norfolk Broads property will be factored into an environmental search.

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Is contaminated land a concern for most properties in Norfolk Broads?

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Several contaminants may impact residential property in Norfolk Broads . Issues including other sources of contaminated land and coal mining should be reported on during conveyancing searches.

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We plan to purchase a home in the parish of Gunton. Is a chancel search appropriate?

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The solicitor may suggest that a chancel search is ordered, irrespective of the parish in which the property being purchased is located. In Norfolk Broads's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on current owners of a property where church councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners.

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Are the any designated conservation areas in Norfolk Broads likely to affect us?

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Conservation areas qualify streets and neighbourhoods of historical or architectural value. Your property solicitor will be able to provide more details and discuss the relevant responsibilities.

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Norfolk Broads property lawyers apply for a variety of searches when instructed to act for a home buyer, but which specific ones?

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If purchasing and taking out a mortgage lender insist that a solicitor to get at least these searches - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search, and occasionally less common searches, which might include Bankruptcy Search (K16).

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What precautions can we take to avoid paying for HMRC stamp duty?

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Homeward Legal do not recommend home buyers arrange any stamp duty scheme, as such schemes are highly expensive and often likely to fail.