Recently been in touch with my conveyancing lawyer in Belgravia who acted for me two years ago asking for a conveyancing costs illustration based on an identical type of house sale & purchase (a leasehold premises and a freehold premises) of similar values with a home loan from HSBC Bank. It looks as though am now being charged twice the amount. Am I right to be tempted to shop around for a cheaper online property lawyer?
The estimate fees seem a bit high. If you are content to spend time comparing costs you may be able to reduce the fees marginally by as much as £100 plus VAT. On the other hand, assuming were satisfied with the conveyancing the firm gave you mightlive to rue choosing an a cheaper lawyer. Remember to ensure that the firm can act for HSBC Bank. You can employ our search tool to get a quote a Belgravia conveyancing firm on the HSBC Bank conveyancing panel, which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Belgravia.
We are planning to acquire a property and require a conveyancing solicitor in Belgravia who is on the TSB solicitor panel. Can you recommend a local firm?
Our service is limited to being a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for TSB . We don't recommend any particular firms conducting conveyancing in Belgravia.
My partner and I are close to exchanging contracts on the sale of our property in Belgravia and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a possibility that the property was built land that was not decontaminated. Any local conveyancer would know this is not the case. It does beg the question why the buyers are using a nationwide conveyancing outfit as opposed to a conveyancing solicitor in Belgravia. We have lived in Belgravia for 4 years we know that this is a non issue. Should we get in touch with our local Authority to seek confirmation that the buyers are looking for.
It would appear that you have a conveyancing firm currently acting for you. What do they say? You need to check with your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out health insurance to cover that same sickness)
Due to the encouragement of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a house in Belgravia before retaining conveyancers. I have been informed that there is a flying freehold aspect to the property. The surveyor advised that some mortgage companies will not give a loan on such a premises.
It depends who your proposed lender is. Santander has different instructions for example to Birmingham Midshires. Should you wish to telephone us we can check with the relevant mortgage company. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are used to dealing with flying freeholds in Belgravia. Conveyancing can be more complicated and therefore you should check with your conveyancing solicitor in Belgravia to see if the conveyancing will be more expensive.
I was pointed in your direction by three or four local estate agents in Belgravia to locate a solicitor on your site. Is there a financial upside for Estate Agents to offer your lawyers over and above alternative conveyancing organisations?
We don’t make any referral fee for directing people in our direction. We found it would be just too difficult to pay a commission as home movers will think, ‘Why is the agent getting a kickback? Why aren’t I getting any benefit too?’ So we decided to step away from that.
We're novice buyers - agreed a price, but the selling agent informed us that the owners will only issue a contract if we appoint the agent's chosen solicitors as they need a ‘quick sale’. Our preferred option is to instruct a high street conveyancer with experience of conveyancing in Belgravia
It is highly unlikely the sellers are driving this. If they desire ‘a quick sale', taking such a hostile approach to a serious buyer is not the way to achieve this. Speak to the vendors direct and make sure they understand (a)you are genuine purchasers (b)you are excited to move forward, with mortgage lined up © you have nothing to sell (d) you intend to proceed fast (e)but you will continue to instruct your preferred Belgravia conveyancing firm - rather thanthose that will earn their negotiator at the agency a referral fee or meet his conveyancing thresholds pre-set by HQ.