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Conveyancing in Northumberland Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/07/17

Northumberland travel information:

Northumberland's nearest station is Morpeth at 16 miles and Northumberland's nearest airport is Newcastle Airport (19 miles).

Coquetdale Cottage Rothbury is a nearby hospital for Northumberland.

Q.

Please confirm the cheapest fee for a 307,000 home? We need low cost conveyancing.

A.

Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned. Many firms advertise 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Often extra charges will be included in the small print. Extra fees found in terms of engagement should be reasonable and clear. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the exact legal fees based on the property you are buying.

Q.

My partner and I are buying in Northumberland, and would like to check that there are any conservation areas.

A.

The regions in or near Northumberland include a number of conservation areas. Your conveyancing lawyer will offer more information, in regard to relevant conservation area restrictions in Northumberland.

Q.

I must to complete on the sale of my home inside 2 months - are you fast Northumberland property lawyers ?

A.

We maintain that our speed focused conveyancing property lawyers adopt a completely efficient method when finishing the conveyancing

With Homeward Legal, conveyancing solicitors try to communicate through all parts of the buyer and seller property chain and implement state of the art online and information technology systems to complete on the sale as quickly as possible.

Q.

Should we use the lawyer suggested by my estate agent?

A.

An agent will often refer one or more conveyancing firms. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, an agent may decide to recommend the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.

Q.

Which of the lender panels in Northumberland are you a member of?

A.

Our solicitors have experience working with the majority of lenders serving Northumberland home purchasers. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Lloyds TSB Bank PLC, Bellingham, Hexham, NE48 2AZ, and Lloyds TSB Bank PLC, The Cottage, Otterburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE19 1NP.

Q.

What will the council tax cost for a residential Band B maisonette in Northumberland?

A.

The homes appropriate council tax band will normally be given as part of the conveyancer's title report along with the local authority. Correct rates for residents of Northumberland are set out online at the Northumberland local authority site. On, 15 January 2013, rates are:

  • Band A - £1,003.00
  • Band B - £1,170.00
  • Band C - £1,337.00
  • Band D - £1,504.00
  • Band E - £1,839.00
  • Band F - £2,173.00
  • Band G - £2,507.00
  • Band H - £3,009.00

Q.

The vendor appears to have fitted chimney stacks on the maisonette in Northumberland which I think may violate nearby conservation area guidelines

A.

The solicitor should determine whether the property is within a designated conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have the necessary permission.

Q.

Should I get a chancel search? I am buying in Northumberland.

A.

Potentially amounting to over £100,000 in repair cost obligations, chancel liability should be considered by buyers of Northumberland property likely to be affected. Following a change in the law, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search.

 
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