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Conveyancing in Shrewsbury Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 18/07/17

As calculated by the 2011 national census Shrewsbury's population is 342,140 spread over an area of 1,500,094 acres (607,068 hectares) meaning a density of population of 0.2 people per acre (0.6 per hectare).

The nearest airport to Shrewsbury is Trehelig, Welshpool Airport. Trehelig Airport is 18 miles and Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport is 25 miles away. Shrewsbury's nearest train station is Shrewsbury at 1 mile s.

The nearest hospital is Nuffield Shrewsbury.

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How do we get fixed rate conveyancing?

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This catches out many property buyers and sellers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors claim to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional costs can increase the final invoice. Any extra fees should be reasonable. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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Why could conveyancing for a purchase have so many delays?

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The conveyancing process can endure stressful setbacks even where there is no chain. Some causes are beyond a solicitor's influence. Homeward Legal endeavour to minimise their burden where it is possible to do so by pushing all parties involved. Reasons for delay can include slow third parties such as landlords or managing agents.

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We have a leasehold property to purchase. How do we get fast legal work?

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Instructing a proactive property lawyer is crucial to fast conveyancing. Consider the following when selecting:

  • Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
  • Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
  • Are they 'no move, no fee'? This can incentivise a faster transaction.

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Do Homeward Legal get involved in auction conveyancing in Shrewsbury?

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Our recommended conveyancing firms in Shrewsbury regularly do the legal work for sellers at auction. Homeward Legals panel of solicitors and conveyancers have worked for numerous buyers at local Shrewsbury property auctions that, amongst others, include Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Canny bidders tend to get a lawyer as quickly as they can to allow time for a full review of the sellers pack in advance of the auction day itself. Post auction, your lawyer must be prepared for complete the legal side of things within 28 days as usually required by the standard auction conditions.

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We are buying in Shrewsbury on a new development former industrial site. Is the soil possibly contaminated?

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There are laws in place to curtail soil contamination. Metal contamination of soil in Shrewsbury is more likely to occur near ex-industrial sites or ex-landfills. Data on other contaminants, like organohalides, will also be included in an environmental search.

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What will the council tax cost on a Forties Band E apartment in Shrewsbury?

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The council tax band should typically be set out in the conveyancing report on title along with the local authority.

The latest council tax charges for Shrewsbury are listed online at the Shropshire local authority website. At the time of writing on 11 November 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £1,000.00
  • Band B - £1,167.00
  • Band C - £1,333.00
  • Band D - £1,500.00
  • Band E - £1,833.00
  • Band F - £2,167.00
  • Band G - £2,500.00
  • Band H - £3,000.00

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For a property valued at £165000, how is stamp duty tax calculated?

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The Stamp Duty you must pay will depend on the house or flat's value. It will be £1650 on a £165000 property.

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Property solicitors in Shrewsbury order necessary searches when they are acting for a buyer, but which specific ones?

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When you are getting a mortgage lender requires you to these searches - Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search, and, depending on certain criteria, specific searches, which may include a Official Search of whole without priority.

 
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