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Conveyancing in Portishead Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/04/17

Portishead information:

Portishead is around 2m of the M5 junction entry 19 Southbound.

The nearest airport to Portishead is Bristol Airport (7 miles). and the nearest train station to Portishead is Avonmouth, almost 3 miles away.

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Local Portishead attractions

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Blacknore Point Lighthouse and Clapton-In-Gordano St Michael Churches Conservation Trust are in Portishead.

The most convenient hospital to Portishead is Clevedon.

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I need to find a cheap solicitor quote to purchase a home. as we are on a budget.

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Various solicitors purport to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing'. Unfortunately additional fees may be added into the solicitor's terms that homeowners often do not check. Extras which are listed in terms of engagement should be reasonable. Applicable disbursements ought to be defined on your quote. Homeward Legal quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Will our conveyancing quote take into account any extra fees?

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No. Homeward Legal's solicitors will never charge any hidden extra costs whatsoever. You Portishead conveyancing quote is an honest and accurate price the legal expenses for your transaction.

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We are on a tight deadline and need get fast conveyancing, how can we speed things up?

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Key to a fast completion is to employing a communicative solicitor. There are several things you as the purchaser can also do to speed up your conveyancing, such as, quickly answering your solicitor's questions (by email if possible),

calling or emailing your solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays and clarifying your mortgage lender's requirements.

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As a consequence of the extensive flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England I am questioning if flood risk searches won't be sufficient?

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A diligent property solicitor in Portishead will suggest that you also get property environmental searches (Landmark database search) if the enviro search spots a significant risk local Portishead flood risk.

You may be able to speak to a local resident to get additional peace of mind.

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We are buying in Portishead on a recently-developed brownfield site. Can the soil still be contaminated?

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Portishead agriculture or industry can cause soil contamination. The local authority for Portishead will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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How do I stop getting gazumped?

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Gazumping describes circumstances where a seller agrees to one buyer's offer, only to reject it, opting for a second buyer's offer. It could occur weeks into a purchase. There is almost always a chance of gazumping. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct your property solicitor as soon as possible.

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We are purchasing a house with Aviva - what do I need to check?

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Buyers in Portishead need to be aware that some lenders are now limiting the firms who can act for them. This can mean increased legal costs for purchasers. Homeward Legal will act for all large mortgage lenders to ensure that you will not need to pay legal fees for your lender's solicitor.

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Our purchase will complete on 17th May, what will be determined for stamp duty tax?

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The Stamp Duty that will be due will depend on the valuation. On a £79k residential property, stamp duty will be £0.*

*Correct as of 01/03/2013

 
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