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  • 1 Using a a family Solicitor in the main results in a more personalised service. Online forums bear testimony to the idea that in appointing a large conveyancing firm, your transaction is dealt with by a team of people who who progress matters by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 2 Experience means that Bideford conveyancer have established very good links with Bideford local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and property developers enabling them to liaise at speed with all parties involved in the process of handling your conveyancing in Bideford.
  • 3 Conveyancer conveyancing lawyers have excellent personal links with Bideford selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 4 Chances are that the other side’s conveyancers are based in Bideford - if so sets of lawyers are likely to be familiar
  • 5 Our site offers most comprehensive residential conveyancing directory service identifying lender approved law practices delivering conveyancing in Bideford registered with the SRA or CLC.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Bideford since June 2022*


of terraced residence, St Marys Flats, EX39 2AY completing on 15/07/2022 at a price of £89,000. The legal transfer of property incorporates some of the following tasks: taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, agreeing completion date with parties, sending title deeds and executed transfer to buyer’s lawyers


of detached residence premises, Lower Meddon Street, EX39 2BL completing on 08/07/2022 at a price of £179,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, agreeing completion date with parties, preparing statement detailing charges


of house property, Bevil Close, EX39 5XN completing on 30/06/2022 at a price of £415,000. The legal transfer of property incorporates some of the following tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client


of house premises, Broadlands, EX39 4QL completing on 01/07/2022 at a price of £287,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, preparing statement detailing charges

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bideford

As someone with no idea as to conveyancing in Bideford what is the number one tip you can give me for the ownership transfer in Bideford

Not many law firms shout this from the rooftops but conveyancing in Bideford and elsewhere in Devon is often a confrontational experience. In other words, when it comes to conveyancing there exists an abundance of room for conflict between you and other parties involved in the transaction. For example, the seller, estate agent and on occasion a bank. Appointing a law firm for your conveyancing in Bideford should not be taken lightly as your conveyancer is your adviser, and is the SOLE person in the legal process whose role it is to act in your best interests and to protect you.

Sometimes a potential adversary will try and sway you that you should follow their advice. As an example, the estate agent may claim to be assisting by suggesting your lawyer is wrong. Or your financial adviser may advise you to do take action that is contrary to your solicitors guidance. You should always trust your lawyer above all other parties when it comes to the legal transfer of property.

I have been advised by my solicitor that defective lease insurance is required on my purchase. What is the typical level of cover needed for conveyancing in Bideford?

The right level of defective lease indemnity insurance depends on your lender. It would differ for example between Santander and Skipton Building Society. Conveyancing practitioners as opposed to members of the public take out such policies.

It is not clear whether my lender requires a lease extension. I have telephoned my Bideford bank branch on numerous occasions and was told it wasn't a problem and they will lend. My Bideford conveyancing solicitor - who is on the lender conveyancing panel- called to say that they would not lend in accordance with their specific requirements. Who do I believe?

Your property lawyer must comply with the CML Handbook section two provisions 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 remaining.

Principality have agreed my home loan in principle, my bid on a property in Bideford has been agreed to, what happens next?

The property agent will wish to be informed of your property lawyer's details (ensure that the conveyancing practitioners are on the lender’s panel). Telephone Principality or the broker and finish off any relevant documentation. Principality will sellect a valuer who will get in contact with the estate agent or seller to book a slot for the valuation to happen. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes approximately ten days for the mortgage offer to be issued. Principality will issue the offer to you and your conveyancing practitioners. The legal work will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing in Bideford.

I purchased my flat on 2 January and my personal details are still not on the land registry website. Should I be concerned? My conveyancing solicitor in Bideford said it will be recorded in a couple of weeks. Are transfers in Bideford particularly slow to register?

As far as conveyancing in Bideford registration is no quicker or slower than the rest of England and Wales. As opposed to being determined by geographic area, timescales can differ depending on the party submitting the application, whether there are errors and if the Land registry need to notify any 3rd persons or bodies. Currently approximately three quarters of submission are fully dealt with in less than three weeks but occasionally there can be protracted hold-ups. Historically registration takes place after the new owner has moved in to the property so registration formalities is not typically top priority but where there is a degree of urgency associated with the registration then you or your lawyers can communicate with the Registry to express the reasoning for an expedited registration.

Am I better off to use a Bideford conveyancing lawyer in close proximity to the house I am hoping to buy? We have a good friend who can conduct the legal work however they are based over three hundred kilometers away.

The primary upside of using a high street Bideford conveyancing firm is that you can visit the firm to execute paperwork, hand in your identification documents and apply pressure on them if necessary. They will also have local insight which is a plus. That being said it's more important to get someone that will do a good and efficient job. If if people you trust used your friend and in the main were impressed that must trump using an unfamiliar Bideford conveyancing solicitor solely due to them being based in the area.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to meet my requirements, at a great price which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently found out that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Bideford. Conveyancing solicitors have not yet been instructed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Bideford ?

Most houses in Bideford are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area who can assist with the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are purchasing in Bideford in which case you should be shopping around for a Bideford conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a leaseholder you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions such as obtaining the freeholder’spermission to carry out alterations. You may also be required to pay a contribution towards the upkeep of the estate where the house is located on an estate. Your lawyer should advise you fully on all the issues.

I bought a 1 bedroom flat in Bideford, conveyancing having been completed 5 years ago. Can you work out an approximate cost of a lease extension? Comparable flats in Bideford with over 90 years remaining are worth £197,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 invoiced annually. The lease terminates on 21st October 2077

With 55 years remaining on your lease we estimate the premium for your lease extension to be between £31,400 and £36,200 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we are not able to supply a more accurate figure in the absence of comprehensive investigations. You should not use the figures in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There may be additional issues that need to be considered and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward placing reliance on this information without first getting professional advice.

What are the distinct advantages to selecting a high street conveyancer in Bideford

Home movers in Bideford decide on using a local property lawyer so that they can visit just in case they have problems, and to deliver mortgage deeds without using the post.

One could suggest that there exists a slight advantage when using a conveyancing practitioner nearby to a house you are purchasing, due to the knowledge of the region and potential local issues - nevertheless this is moot. Many conveyancers are now through email and could be practically anywhere.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Bideford regulated by the SRA

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

  • Seldons Llp, 18 The Quay, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2HF

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Bideford regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Bideford specialising in commercial conveyancing in Bideford. This will likely include advice on buying and selling small and large scale commercial property and agricultural land
  • Seldons Llp, 18 The Quay, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2HF

Residential in Bideford is a complex business, both legally and administratively. The exact order of events varies slightly, below are some of the tasks in the process.

  • Taking instructions from the appropriate parties
  • Examining the title to the property
  • Ordering Bideford property searches with respect to the title
  • Assessing draft contract and other papers collated by the seller’s lawyer
  • Raising enquiries with the owner’s lawyer
  • Negotiating the purchase contract
  • Assessing replies prepared by the seller to pre-exchange enquiries
  • Agreeing the wording for the Transfer Deed for completion
  • Advising the buyer in respect of the loan offer: (where relevant)
  • Drafting and sending the purchaser a report on title (that is; a breakdown of all findings on the property)
  • Proceeding to exchange of contracts and then completion formalities
  • Preparing and submitting to HMRC the correct Land Tax forms and payment
  • Dealing with the registration procedures for the purchase and the home loan (if appropriate) at the HMLR.

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

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