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Conveyancing in Sandbanks Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Local information:

The closest station to Sandbanks is Parkstone, almost 3 miles away. Sandbanks's closest airport is Bournemouth International Airport (8 miles).

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Sandbanks area information

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Brownsea Island National Trust Poole Compton Acres (Historic Gardens) Country Park and Oceanarium Aquarium are situated in Sandbanks.

The closest hospital for Sandbanks is St Anns Poole.

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We are trying to find an affordable Sandbanks conveyancing quote. How do we get a quote?

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This issue catches out many home owners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many firms promote supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However extra fees are often hiding in the small print. These terms are often ignored by excited home owners, eager to get underway. Any fees included in terms and conditions should be reasonable. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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My friend has experience of doing your own conveyancing when buying and selling a maisonette , Is it foolish to do the legal conveyancing process ourselves?

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There are no reasons why you cant undertake the legal work without the help of Sandbanks solicitor.

The truth is however that a lawyer juggles a large number of roles from including approving enquiries on searches or the Land Registry formalities many of which are more safely handled with appropriate adequate training. More importantly have a go conveyancers take huge risks in operating without the correct indemnity insurance that solicitors are required by the Law Society to have.

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What do searches apply to?

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Conveyancing searches are questions requested by your property solicitor. Searches will only cover the legal condition of the property's title.

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As a result of the groundwater flooding in Dorset I am wondering whether flood risk searches aren't sufficient?

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Environmental searches applied for by your conveyancing solicitor in Sandbanks should also include a far more informative search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

You may be able to converse with a neighbour of the property for additional further peace of mind.

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What length of time should the conveyancing process usually take, according to your estimates? I am purchasing a flat in Sandbanks.

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The amount of time required to buy or sell a home will vary. This is based on a number of legal considerations including whether a mortgage lender requires particular searches. Nationwide, the average is around ten weeks, we however take a proactive approach, driving the sale or purchase to complete sooner.

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How much is the council tax on a converted Band C home in Sandbanks?

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You should be include your new house's council tax band as part of the title report. The latest council tax rates for Sandbanks are set out in detail on the Poole local authority website. At the time of authoring, 08 January 2013, the different rates are:

  • Band A - £967.00
  • Band B - £1,128.00
  • Band C - £1,289.00
  • Band D - £1,450.00
  • Band E - £1,772.00
  • Band F - £2,094.00
  • Band G - £2,417.00
  • Band H - £2,900.00

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I am buying a 1950s building within a conservation area in Sandbanks, how do I locate information in respect of the standard of upkeep?

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Conservation areas in Sandbanks are nominated by Poole who govern conservation area concerns from street furniture to the improvement of poorly-maintained public spaces.

Following a campaign, English Heritage have assembled details on the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas as well as the exposure to deterioration or improvement.

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How is stamp duty assessed, and how much should we pay on a £786k Sandbanks residence?

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The Stamp Duty rate that will be due is dependent on the valuation. On a £786k house or flat, stamp duty will be £31440 (correct March 2013).

 
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