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If you are buying, selling or remortgaging a house or flat in Oxfordshire, you will need to appoint a lawyer to carry out the legal work for you. Our property lawyers have many years’ experience helping home buyers and sellers in Oxfordshire, and our pragmatic approach means that we move you in the shortest possible time.

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Conveyancing in Oxfordshire: A mover's guide

From its world-famous university city to the yellow stone of Cotswold villages and cobbled streets of historic towns, Oxfordshire is a county with fabulous home mover appeal.

Its easy access to London makes this county a favourite for holiday homes, but there's so much going on in Oxfordshire, it's a wonderful all-year-round place to live.

For all you need to know about a home move and conveyancing in Oxfordshire, read on.

What does conveyancing in Oxfordshire involve?

Conveyancing is the term that covers all the paperwork and legal formalities for buying and selling property. Anyone who intends to remortgage or to transfer equity from a home will also require an Oxfordshire conveyancing solicitor. As part of the conveyancing process, a conveyancing solicitor requests searches, negotiates on price, arranges to exchange contracts and transfers the funds on completion day. Our Oxfordshire conveyancing solicitors take care of all the legal legwork on your behalf. You can find out more here on Homeward Legal's conveyancing services.

How do I get a quote for conveyancing in Oxfordshire?

Use our online quote builder to get a quote for conveyancing in Oxfordshire in minutes. Simply choose the transaction you need and enter a few details about yourself as well as the property. To talk through the quote, you can arrange a callback at a convenient time or call our team direct on seven days a week.

How much does conveyancing in Oxfordshire cost?

As each conveyancing transaction is unique, the final cost of conveyancing in Oxfordshire will depend on such factors as the value of the property and whether it is freehold or leasehold. An Oxfordshire conveyancing bill will include solicitors' fees, surveyor costs, Stamp Duty Land Tax***, Land Registry fees, searches and bank transfer charges. Check out our guide to average conveyancing fees to gauge the costs.

The Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday of up to £500,000 ended on the 30th June 2021. However, there is still temporary relief in place until 31st September 2021 up to £250,000, with the stamp duty rate ranging from 2% to 12% of the purchase price in England and Northern Ireland. After then, stamp duty will revert back to the normal threshold of £125,000.

The conveyancing process explained

Read our step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process.

Where are Oxfordshire's best home-mover destinations?

The city of Oxford itself is a huge draw for home buyers. There's great competition for property in a city with such a large student population, so many home movers might cast their net further.

In the Cotswolds is the town of Witney, with its impressive period properties, while Henley-on-Thames has a marvellous rural location. Rub shoulders with celebrities in Chipping Norton, considered the gateway to the Cotswolds. Other popular Cotswold locations are Burford, Bampton - famous for standing in for Downton village in TV's Downton Abbey - Woodstock and Shilton.

Look to Banbury and Abingdon for older properties, while newbuilds abound in Thame and Bicester.

How much does an average property cost in Oxfordshire?

Deep pockets will be required to buy a home in Oxfordshire. According to the most recent sold property prices from the Land Registry, the average home in the county will cost £364,809 in 2020. In the West Oxfordshire council area, which covers the Cotswolds, the average home costs £343,119; in Oxford city, an average home costs £427,741; while in South Oxfordshire, which contains Henley-on-Thames, house prices average at £446,483. If you know the local authority area in which you intend to buy, you can check out sold prices at the Land Registry for all of Oxfordshire.

Is conveyancing in Oxfordshire slower when buying a leasehold property?

Leasehold and freehold are two types of property tenure in England and Wales. There are around four million leasehold properties in England and Wales - mostly flats but also many houses, too. Buying a leasehold property may slow down conveyancing in Oxfordshire. This is because the land is not owned by the property seller but by the freeholder or landowner. When your Oxfordshire conveyancing solicitor starts the purchase process, they will make specific enquiries of the freeholder. Any delay in responding to those enquiries will delay the transaction. Our informative guide to buying leasehold will tell you all you need to know.

Which council has control of schooling in Oxfordshire?

Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for all state education in the county. There are also many independent, grammar, academy and church schools here. Use the government schools comparison website check the Ofsted ranking of your chosen school.

Is there an increased flood risk in Oxfordshire?

Oxfordshire has not been immune from the rise in flood events across England, caused by heavier rainfall and a rise in storms. With the rivers Thames and Cherwell flowing through the county, it makes sense to mitigate any potential flood threat. Ask your Oxfordshire conveyancing solicitor to instruct a flood-risk search before you commit to buying a home. Use the Environment Agency guide to flood risk to check out the Oxfordshire areas most under threat.

What searches do I need for Oxfordshire conveyancing?

When starting your transaction, an Oxfordshire conveyancing solicitor will commission a series of searches required. We've created an informative guide to all searches needed for conveyancing. In summary, a local authority search will detail planning consents and information about proposed roads or developments. This is also a helpful search when buying property in a conservation area where special planning rules apply. Potential issues around contaminated land are exposed via an environmental search. The route of the HS2 high-speed rail link is not planned to go through Oxfordshire, but your conveyancing solicitor may suggest an HS2 search for complete peace of mind. Chancel repair liability is an important search in Oxfordshire conveyancing. This historic liability for repairs to the local Church of England may be rare, but property buyers should be aware of any potential risk. Our detailed guide tells you more.

Is Oxfordshire good for commuters?

Oxfordshire most certainly offers excellent transport links to both London and Birmingham and the Midlands. The M40 is the main motorway route across the county, connecting to the M25 to the south-east and to the M42 and M6 to the north.

Fast trains whisk passengers from Oxford to London Paddington in around an hour, with services to Birmingham, Manchester and west to Cheltenham and Wales. Express bus services are a popular connection for those travelling on a budget to London and to Heathrow and Gatwick.

Oxfordshire County Council has more information on all local public transport.

Did you know?

England's only non-royal and non-religious palace is in Oxfordshire. Blenheim Palace, near Woodstock, is the home of the Duke of Marlborough and considered one of the finest examples of the English baroque architectural style. Blenheim is also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Near Uffington in south Oxfordshire is the mysterious Bronze Age white horse, carved into the side of the hillside. White Horse Hill is now part of the Ridgeway National Trail, an 87-mile chalk ridge route first used by prehistoric man.

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Towns and districts within this county include:

Abingdon, Adderbury, Bampton, Banbury, Benson, Bicester, Bloxham, Botley, Burford, Carterton, Charlbury, Chinnor, Chipping-Norton, Cholsey, Deddington, Didcot, Dorchester-On-Thames, East-Oxford, Eynsham, Faringdon, Harwell, Headington, Henley-On-Thames, Hook-Norton, Kidlington, Long-Hanborough, Shrivenham, Sonning-Common, St-Nicholas, Thame, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington, Wheatley, Witney, Woodcote, Woodstock