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Conveyancing in Seaham Q & A's

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Updated: 19/10/17

Local data:

The nearest airport to Seaham is Newcastle Airport. Darlington Airport is 23 miles away. The closest station to Seaham is Seaham, around a mile away.

Cherry Knowle Sunderland is a relatively close hospital.

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How do we find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Seaham?

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This issue 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. Unfortunately additional costs are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms, left unregarded by busy buyers and sellers Any additional fees included in terms of engagement needs to be fair. The Homeward Legal quote calculator will confirm the solicitors' fees, based on the property you are buying.

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I need a very quick sale, does Homeward Legal use very fast Seaham solicitors ?

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Generally house selling solicitors practices are far too tardy causing additional pressure to the home moving process. Our solicitors method is different as we have invested in state of the art technology and integrated systems . Importantly , we always give you a solicitor trained to efficiently communicate from the beginning to the end of the buyer and seller chain .

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Does Homeward Legal administer the legal conveyancing of auction properties in Seaham?

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Our firm is familiar with buyers and sellers at auction. Conventionally unusual auction lots for examplein need of serious reconstruction are sold in auctions and these demand additional due diligence. Homeward Legal therefore strongly advise buyers to select a lawyer well in advance of the auction to allow time for a review. After the day of bidding, a property lawyer will

be focused on conclude the auction conveyancing process in less than the usual 28 days as usually required by the auction conditions.

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Is there a danger that we will be gazumped?

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Gazumping describes circumstances where a seller approves an offer and then rejects it, opting for a greater offer. Gazumping may happen even months into a purchase. There is almost always a danger of gazumping. Instructing your conveyancing solicitor as soon as possible is a key first step to reducing this risk.

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Can we get out of paying stamp duty land tax?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is generally payable for purchases sold for over one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds. Stamp duty mitigation should not be considered when purchasing in Seaham, because these schemes are often uneconomical and unreliable.

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Would you advise that I get a chancel search? I am purchasing close to a church in Seaham.

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Some owners in Seaham can be required to cover the cost of maintenance of a local church. A chancel search is used to confirm whether such a liability exists. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further. Churches in the area which may give rise to chancel liability include St Mary the Virgin.

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Is a home buyers survey necessary when we are purchasing property?

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Homeward Legal strongly recommend that all buyers in Seaham book a RICS survey. There can be many defects that have a negative impact on a property. These can include wet rot, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

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Which government authority keeps records for recording the condition of Seaham and Seaham conservation areas?

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English Heritage have conducted a survey and created information in relation to the state of repair of conservation areas in addition to the exposure to the area falling into disrepair. Local Seaham conservation areas are set up by the local authority (County Durham) who regulate the state of the area including things like rundown streets, removal of front gardens for parking and the historic layout of roads.