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Conveyancing in Southport Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 28/04/17

Blackpool International Airport is 9 miles from Southport. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 23 miles and away. Southport's closest station is Southport.

Southport, Southport & Formby General is the most convenient hospital for Southport.

Q.

Although there are lots of £99 fixed quotes online, how do we find a reputable one? We need fixed rate conveyancing.

A.

Many property lawyers advertise supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra charges are often hiding in small print. Excited buyers, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Your quote must also state costs to be paid to third parties, such as the Land Registry, (disbursements).

Q.

Can you advise how we circumvent paying for stamp duty?

A.

Homeward Legal do not recommend property buyers undertake any stamp duty mitigation, because these schemes are expensive and often likely to fail.

Q.

I am buying a 1940s investment flat in a designated Southport conservation area. Where does one get more data in relation to the state of upkeep?

A.

Following a campaign, English Heritage have conducted a survey and created information of the state of conservation areas in Southport and across England in addition to the vulnerability to deterioration. Local conservation areas are set up by the local authority (Sefton) who administer everything from trees to the avoidance of derelict buildings.

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In Southport, is topsoil remediation of contaminated land an option?

A.

Remediation of contaminated land may be possible, but costly. A Southport specialist for example Turfland, 330 Southport Rd, Southport, PR8 5LF can provide more details.

Q.

We are using a local lender in Merseyside, and need to know which Southport lenders you can work with. Whose panels are your solicitors on?

A.

Of lenders with local offices nearby Southport, we in conjunction with most. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Southport include Britannia, 20 London St, Southport, PR9 0UE, Harrison Business Finance, 15 Hoghton St, Southport, PR9 0NS, and Southport Investment Bureau, 70 Sandon Rd, Southport, PR8 4QD.

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Is contaminated land an issue for most homes in Southport?

A.

Several contaminants may spoil land. Issues like sand or gravel pits and other land contamination will be reported on in environmental search results.

Q.

We are purchasing a £531000. What should be determined for stamp duty?

A.

The rate of stamp duty which will be owed will rely on the valuation. Stamp duty will be £21240 on a £531000 house.*

*Correct as of June 2012

Q.

When in the conveyancing process is it appropriate to arrange a solicitor to act for us?

A.

With few exceptions, the faster you instruct the better, as the legal work can begin immediately. Some authors suggest waiting before instruction until an offer has been firmly agreed, but you will then be at a serious disadvantage in the event of a contract race, or buyer eager to move quickly.

 
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