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Conveyancing in Witham Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/10/17

Local Witham attractions

Terling Essex Windmill and Cressing Temple Historic Building are near to Witham.

The closest airport to Witham is London, Southend Airport (16 miles). London Airport is 17 miles, Clacton Airport is 22 miles, Elmsett Airport is 25 miles and Stansted Airport is 18 miles away and the nearest train station to Witham is Witham, almost a mile away.

St Peters Maldon is the nearest hospital to Witham.

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We are looking for fixed rate Witham conveyancing. What should we check?

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Misleading conveyancing quotes catch out many buyers and sellers, leaving them to pay sometimes £100s more than planned, and many firms purport to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes, however extra fees may inflate the final bill. Extras included in terms and conditions ought to be reasonable. Third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid should also be clearly stated on the quote. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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How many weeks should conveyancing to buy a house usually need, in your experience? The property is also local.

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The length of time required to sell or purchase a house may vary, influenced by a number of issues affecting the property, such as if the lender requires specific searches. Homeward Legal ensure a sale, purchase or transfer of equity is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service.

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How do we avoid gazumping?

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Gazumping happens when a property owner acknowledges the 1st buyer's offer and later rejects it. Instead, they then go for another buyer's 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 a fast, efficient solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.

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For fast conveyancing to buy a £245k house, what should we do?

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The key to a fast completion is to employing a proactive and experienced solicitor. There are a range of tasks you can also do to accelerate the process, such as, calling or emailing your solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays, promptly answering your solicitor's questions and confirming your mortgage offer.

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Do any conservation areas in Witham have the potential to affect us?

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Conservation areas denote neighbourhoods registered as being of historical or architectural value. The local authority will advise further about local conservation areas, and the property solicitor handling your purchase will discuss the relevant responsibilities you would be taking on by purchasing in a conservation area.

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How can I ascertain whether the conservation area is at risk?

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Conservation areas in Witham are created by Braintree who regulate the state of the area including things like excessive road signs, addition of PVC windows and paths and footpaths. Following a campaign, English Heritage administer information about the condition of conservation areas in Witham and throughout England as well as the exposure to a decline in standards.

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We need to know which Witham lenders your lawyers are able to work with. Whose panels are your solicitors on?

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Of lenders with local offices around Witham, we with the vast majority. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Witham include Aviva, 80 Chelmer Rd, Witham, CM8 2ET, Lloyds TSB Bank PLC, 55 Newland St, Witham, CM8 2BD, and St James' Place, Roslyn Ho/16 Newland St, Witham, CM8 2AQ.

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What will my searches cost?

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The cost of searches can vary. Common searches include a drainage search and a local authority search.