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Reasons to use our Bearsted conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Our site offers largest domestic conveyancing directory service identifying mortgage company approved law practices conducting conveyancing in Bearsted regulated by the SRA or Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
  • 2 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Bearsted is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by large estate agency chains) often falls short of the high standards of professionalism you will expect.
  • 3 Property lawyer conveyancing lawyers have valuable personal connections with Bearsted estate agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 4 The firms identified on our directory have a mix of conveyancing solicitors, legal executives and support staff handling thousands of conveyancing matters annually.
  • 5 Bearsted lawyers work in conjunction with Bearsted estate agents, developers, surveyors, mortgage companies and other professionals to ensure that the highest level of service is offered to buyers and sellers every step of the way, never losing sight of the time-critical nature behind your conveyancing transaction

Examples of recent conveyancing in Bearsted since January 2021*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bearsted

We were about to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Bearsted recommended by you but stumbled across alternative costs illustrations on the internet appear cheaper – why is this?

You can find many firms of conveyancing organisations promoting supposedly cut-price conveyancing, but extrafees end up with the completion bill markedly uplifted. In accordance with regulatory requirements charges set out in terms of engagement should be equitable raised The conveyancers that we list for conveyancing in Bearsted genuinely set out all charges for the property you intend topurchase.

I am about to put an offer on a leasehold property in Bearsted. The selling agents say that it is the norm for flats in Bearsted to have less than 75 years unexpired on the lease. I am expecting a mortgage with Platform. Will the property be mortgageable given that the lease has 72 years remaining.

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are getting a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. Platform have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 13/4/2021 the requirements read as follows :

70 years unexpired at application, 30 years at the end of the mortgage term, except where the mortgage application is pursuant to Platform's participation in the Government's Help to Buy Shared Equity scheme, in which case (a) the unexpired lease term must not be less than 250 years for new-build houses and not less than 125 years for new-build flats and (b) ground rent must be reasonable at all times and any escalation must be linked to RPI (Retail Price Index) or a similar index.

We previously instructed solicitors locally in Bearsted on the Virgin Money solicitor panel. They have just billed me a further amount for dealing with the Virgin Money mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee set by Virgin Money?

As unfair as it may appear, as long as it’s in their Terms and Conditions or estimate then yes your lawyer can levy a fee for this. This charge is not set by Virgin Money but by your Bearsted lawyer. Plenty of firms on the Virgin Money panel will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee and others do not.

We are getting a further advance on our mortgage from RBS as we intend to conduct alterations to our home in Bearsted. Do we need to select a local Bearsted solicitor on the RBS conveyancing panel to deal with the legals?

RBS do not ordinarily appoint a member of their approved list of lawyers to deal with such a matter. If they do require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the RBS conveyancing panel.

I can not fathom if my bank obliges me to make sure the lease term for the flat is extended prior to the completion date. I have telephoned my Bearsted bank branch on numerous occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they will lend. My Bearsted conveyancing solicitor - who is on the mortgage company conveyancing panel- telephoned and was told they refuse to lend in accordance with their specific requirements. I have no idea who is right.

The conveyancer has to comply with the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook section two conditions for your lender. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that the mortgage company will go ahead, your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask the lender to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years left on the lease.

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly identified as part of conveyancing in Bearsted?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Bearsted. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’

I'm buying my first flat in Bearsted with the aid of help to buy. The sellers refused to move on the amount so I negotiated five thousand pounds worth of extras instead. The property agent suggested that I not to tell my conveyancer about this deal as it would affect my loan with Virgin Money. Should I keep quiet?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the builder of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

My husband and I are novice buyers - agreed a price, yet the selling agent has warned us that the vendor will only proceed if we appoint the agent's chosen solicitors as they are insisting on a ‘quick sale’. Our preferred option is to instruct a high street conveyancer with experience of conveyancing in Bearsted

It is unlikely the owners are driving this. Should the owner want ‘a quick sale', alienating a genuine buyer is counter productive. Try to communicate with the vendors directly and explain that (a)you are keen to buy (b)you are ready to go, with mortgage lined up © you do not need to sell (d) you wish to move quickly (e)however you are going to appoint your own,trusted Bearsted conveyancing firm - not the ones that will give their negotiator at the agency a introducer fee or hit his conveyancing figures demanded by corporate headquarters.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Bearsted regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Bearsted but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Bennett & Co Solicitors, The Studios, New Cut Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5NZ
  • Morlings, 1-3 Clarendon Place, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1BQ
  • Whitehead Monckton Limited, Monckton House, 72 King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1BL
  • Burroughs, Alliance House, 38 King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1BS
  • Gill Turner Tucker, Colman House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1JE

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Bearsted regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Bearsted practicing in commercial conveyancing in Bearsted. This should include advice on re-mortgaging commercial property
  • Bennett & Co Solicitors, The Studios, New Cut Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5NZ
  • Morlings, 1-3 Clarendon Place, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1BQ
  • Whitehead Monckton Limited, Monckton House, 72 King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1BL
  • Burroughs, Alliance House, 38 King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1BS
  • Gill Turner Tucker, Colman House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1JE

Planning law solicitors in Bearsted regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The solicitors listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Bearsted with expertise in planning law. This could include advice on applications about listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Whitehead Monckton Limited, Monckton House, 72 King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1BL
  • Brachers Llp, Somerfield House, 57-59 London Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8JH

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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