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Conveyancing in Seahouses Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/04/17

Local Seahouses attractions

Farne Lighthouse, Bamburgh Castle Historic Houses Association and Bamburgh Castle Castle are close at hand to Seahouses.

The closest airport to Seahouses is Newcastle Airport (38 miles). Seahouses's closest station is Chathill at 4 miles.

The neighbouring hospital for Seahouses is Alnwick Infirmary.

Q.

How do we get the cheapest conveyancing solicitors?

A.

Lack of clarity over this point catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many firms claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra costs are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Busy, stressed homeowners ignore these terms at their peril. A quote should also state third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid.

Q.

I am buying a renovated flat in a designated conservation areas. Where can I find details in relation to the state of upkeep of the area?

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Local Seahouses conservation areas are specified by the local Northumberland planning authority, who maintain conservation area concerns from paths to the deterrence of excessive road signs. English Heritage administer a detailed list on the state of conservation areas in addition to the vulnerability to deterioration or improvement.

Q.

The owner appears to have added unfitting roof aerials to the property in Seahouses which I think might possibly exclude local conservation area guidelines

A.

The solicitor will determine whether your new home is located within a designated conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have the essential consents from the local planning authority.

Q.

Are buyers often gazumped in Seahouses?

A.

This arises when a house seller acknowledges an offer and then rejects it in favour of a higher offer. The risk of gazumping exists for almost any purchase. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct your conveyancing solicitor as soon as you can.

Q.

Seahouses lawyers conduct formal searches when they are acting for a home buyer - which specific ones?

A.

If taking out a mortgage the building society of bank mandates at least a specified set of searches, including the following Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search, and occasionally specific local searches such as Anti Money Laundering Search.

Q.

Should we get a chancel search if we plan to buy in the parish of Dinnington, near Seahouses?

A.

A conveyancing solicitor could advise a chancel search. Although some Parochial Church Councils have exercised their right to charge chancel repairs on the current owners of land subject to chancel liability, there is no way to be certain that a parish in which lay rectors have not been expected to pay chancel repair dues recently will remain liability-free for new owners.

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Do we need to instruct a property lawyer that generally works with by my agent?

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Both agents and mortgage brokers may suggest one or more conveyancing firms, however, such referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as there is a risk that the agent may suggest the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.

Q.

Flood searches may be fine but considering climate change for instance the serious flooding in Sept 2012 in North East England are they sufficient to check enough about the risk of flooding in Seahouses?

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Flood searches applied for by your solicitor in Seahouses will also include a far more detailed search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.

If you are still nervous you could attempt to call a neighbour of the property.

 
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