Conveyancing in Sunderland Q & As
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Conveyancing in Sunderland Q & As

When selling, buying or remortgaging a house or flat in Sunderland, you must instruct a property lawyer to take care of legal side of things for you.

Homeward Legal's conveyancing lawyers have years of experience in helping home-buyers and -sellers in Sunderland and throughout Tyne-and-Wear and our pragmatic approach means we frequently move you faster than other firms.

Transport and public service information if you’re buying or selling residential property in Sunderland

  • By road: Sunderland is served by the A19 and A1.
  • By rail: The nearest train station is Sunderland.
  • By air: Newcastle International Airport is 20 miles from Sunderland.
  • Hospital: Sunderland Royal, Kayll Road, Sunderland, SR4 7TP.
  • Council: Sunderland City Council (www.sunderland.gov.uk).
  • Attractions: Hylton Castle, National Glass Centre, Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, and Ryhope Engines Museum.

I am looking for fixed-rate conveyancing for a property in Sunderland, as we are on a budget.

Quite a few firms claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes' in their advertising, while additional costs are often hiding in small print, making it an estimate rather than a quote, to which they can’t be legally held. These caveats and hidden extras are often not read by sellers and buyers who are likely to be diverted by the stress of the moving process. Such extra charges need to be fair and clearly stated. At Homeward Legal, we never hide any costs, and our quotes offer a clear statement of your legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction. Try our quote calculator, or call our team of conveyancing experts on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs.

Is contaminated land a significant concern in Sunderland?

Property in Sunderland is contaminated by a range of natural causes and human activities, both current and historical. An environmental search, organised by your conveyancing solicitor, will confirm if a home could be affected by contaminants like a proximate telecommunications base station. Commonly, contamination can be caused by Sunderland waste sites, including Marsden Quarry, Coast Road, Tyne & Wear, SR6 7NG, and this information will be supplied in the results of the search.

Is Homeward Legal able to act quickly on the conveyancing for auction properties in Sunderland?

Homeward Legal’s conveyancing team have frequently been appointed for both buyers and vendors at auction. Our team of specialist solicitors has previously been instructed by numerous successful bidders, who understand that the process will be much smoother if they engage their conveyancer as promptly as possible for a detailed review of all the legal documents well before the day of the auction. After the auction, your lawyer will complete the legal work within 4 weeks, as this is a legal requirement for auction sales. Contact our niche team of auction experts at Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs and to get a quote for the conveyancing services.

The agent has referred me to a local firm of solicitors in Sunderland. Will it be more cost-effective to instruct them than looking elsewhere?

Many of the estate agents in your location have referral deals with solicitors whereby they refer conveyancing work to them. Such referrals should be compared against alternatives, such as local solicitors, or firms found online, as an agent may decide to recommend the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation. At Homeward Legal, our straightforward approach to detailing the conveyancing quote makes the distinction completely clear. Call our skilled conveyancing team on 0800 038 6699 to arrange a fixed-fee quote, backed up by our ‘No Move, No Fee’ guarantee.

Are there many mortgage lenders with offices in Sunderland?

Of the mortgage lenders with offices in and around Sunderland, we at Homeward Legal work with many of them. A problem has surfaced with lenders reducing the size of their own solicitor panels, which carries the real risk of inflating the final legal bill for you. However, at Homeward Legal, we work on their behalf, thereby removing the need for you to pay their legal costs. Give our experts a call on 0800 038 6699 to discuss your needs and concerns further.

  • Sunderland Britannia Bank, Unit 54, The Bridges, Sunderland, SR1 3LE
  • Co-operative Bank PLC, 5-6 Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RF
  • Yorkshire Building Society, 230 High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3BN.

What length of time will it take our assigned conveyancer to finish the legal process for a terraced home in Sunderland that we intend to buy?

Conveyancing, unfortunately, can be a very lengthy and frustrating process, with the time needed to complete averaging between one and three months. This duration for buying or selling residences can vary enormously and is centred on several issues which may affect the smooth flow of the transaction (e.g. the speed of the seller’s solicitor’s responses, or a problem found in the searches affecting the agreement). With the experienced solicitors at Homeward Legal, every purchase is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service, using solicitors who are highly proactive. We aim to complete the conveyancing work within six weeks.

With regard to the widespread flooding in September 2012 in Northeast England, we are concerned that flood searches aren't exacting enough?

When you instruct your conveyancing solicitor, they will initiate a set of standard searches for the property you are planning to purchase. The environmental search includes the assessment of the risk of flooding and its impact at your house in Sunderland. If the flood risk is deemed significant enough, a more in-depth search at Landmark will be requested. If you are anxious you might try to speak to a local resident or a local flood repair expert, like: M. P. Stephenson & Sons, 3-4 Villiers Street South, Sunderland, SR1 2AH Tel: 0800 037 3319.

What would be the total of the fees for carrying out the searches for the purchase of a Sunderland flat?

The cost of searches in Sunderland will vary substantially, depending on the searches required by your mortgage lender, because it is they who dictate the level of detail that will satisfy them with respect to offering you a mortgage. Commonly-ordered searches include an environmental search, drainage searches and a chancel liability search. Your appointed conveyancing solicitor should be able to provide you with more information.