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A transfer of equity occurs when a property owner wishes to change the legal ownership of the property. Reasons include marriage, divorce and tax planning.

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Updated: 11/01/17

Washington area information

Washington Old Hall National Trust Herrington Country Park Sunderland Country Park and North East Aircraft Museum Aviation Museum are close to Washington.

Washington's closest train station is Chester-Le-Street at 4 miles. Washington's closest airport is Newcastle Airport (12 miles).

Washington is nearby at about 1.5m of the A194M junction entry 1 Southbound.

The closest hospital to Washington is Washington, Picktree Ln.


How do I find the best rates for conveyancing in Washington for a £722,000 house?


Several conveyancers offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra costs are frequently hidden in the terms and conditions, left unread by preoccupied buyers The disbursements to be paid should also be included on the quote Additional charges needs to be fair and clearly defined. They be applicable solely where your lawyer is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state the solicitors' fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.


Myself and my partner are buying in Washington, and would like to verify that there are many areas of conservation.


Locales deemed to be of special architectural or historic interest, such as mining villages, will be registered as areas of conservation. The conveyancing lawyer handling your purchase should be able to provide more details and discuss the relevant responsibilities.


We are buying a renovated building in a conservation area in Washington. Where does one find details concerning the state of upkeep?

English Heritage, a government body, maintain a list on the state of conservation areas in England along with the exposure to a worsening of the condition of the area. Conservation areas are specified by Sunderland who maintain things like paths and footpaths to the deterrence of derelict buildings.


How much is the council tax on a Sixties end of terrace property in Washington?


Typically a conveyancer's title report should contain the relevant Sunderland council tax band.

Up-to-date charges for residents of Washington are set out in detail at the Sunderland local authority site. At the time of writing (20 July 2012) the rates are:

  • Band A - £896.00
  • Band B - £1,045.00
  • Band C - £1,194.00
  • Band D - £1,343.00
  • Band E - £1,642.00
  • Band F - £1,941.00
  • Band G - £2,239.00
  • Band H - £2,687.00


How much does our searches cost?


Searches range in cost, subject to the searches your lender requires. Searches are disbursements, and are charged 'at cost'.


We are going to purchase with Halifax Loans, what will I need to know?


Buyers should know that some lenders are now reducing the size of their 'solicitor panel', which may result in increased conveyancing costs for house purchasers. Homeward Legal are able to act for most mortgage lenders so that the buyer will not have to pay the lender's costs.


Is a survey necessary if we are buying a property?


It is recommended that all buyers in Washington book a building survey if you are intending to buy in Washington. Numerous defects can negatively affect a property, for example insect infestation and dry rot.


In relation to the major flooding in Sept 2012 in North East England I am concerned that property environmental searches aren't sufficient?


Environmental searches applied for by your property lawyer in Washington should include the more rigorous flood search if required.

If you are still concerned you might try to speak to a neighbour of the property or local Tyne And Wear flooding repair expert like Washington Building Services, 53 Glendale Ave, Washington, NE37 2JR Tel: 0800-955 3721.