I am buying soon and have a conveyancing quote from you. Could I be expected to pay any additional charges?
No. We do not charge any hidden costs for any reason.
Should I list my property with more than one estate agent?
The choice is entirely up to you and your specific circumstances. Going with a sole agent is probably the cheapest option (although the reach to buyers is dependent on how many clients are on their books), while multiple agents will be more expensive (but will reach a broader client base).
If you’re looking for a quick sale or the market is rather sluggish, it makes sense to put your property on with a number of agents. If the market is buoyant, it makes more sense to place the property with a sole agent.
Whichever you choose, you should always check the terms and conditions so that you know what service you’re getting for your money and how much it will cost you once the home is sold. You should also understand if there are penalties should you decide to place the property with more or fewer agents later on during the agreement period.
When do we need to get a conveyancing solicitor to handle our sale?
In the vast majority of cases, the sooner you instruct a firm, the better. Prompt instruction of a solicitor for a sale enables information, especially from slow third-parties, can be requested even prior to accepting an offer, whereas if you are buying you can shave days off the process by having the details of your instructed solicitor ready when you make an offer.
If I am buying next to a rectory built in the 15th Century in York, will we need a chancel search?
Owners of property in a neighbourhood near older church buildings may be required to pay for repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. A chancel search addresses if such a liability exists. Liability is more common in some parts of the country. The solicitor acting on your behalf will confirm that a chancel search is appropriate. Church properties in the area where a chancel search may be necessary include St Luke, Burton Stone Lane, St Aidan, St Paul's and St Hilda.
Do your lawyers get involved in the legal conveyancing of auction properties in York?
All of our property conveyancers commonly do the legal conveyancing buyers and sellers at auction. Our panel of property solicitors have in the past worked for numerous buyers at regional residential property auctions such as Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.
Prepared auction buyers know to formally appoint a CQS lawyer as soon as they can to allow adequate time for a thorough investigation of the documents prior to the property auction date.