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Cheap conveyancing in Exeter does not necessarily mean low quality - but the odds are stacked against you

Exeter Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £7,900
  • 2 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Exeter is 31% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 3 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270
  • 4 78% freehold and 22% leasehold conveyancing in Exeter for this year to date
  • 5 Average time frame of 72 days for registration of title in Exeter

Examples of recent conveyancing in Exeter since January 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Exeter

My bank has recommended a law firm on their panel based in Exeter but I would rather use a conveyancing lawyer in Exeter or nearer to where I live. Are you able to help?

The minority of Exeter conveyancing firms are on all lender’s conveyancing panel. Please make the most of our search tool to locate a Exeter conveyancing solicitor on the on the bank panel.

I am assisting my niece sell her flat in Exeter. Will the solicitor order the energy performance certificate or do I organise this?

After the abolition of HIPs, EPC’s was kept a mandatory element of selling a house. An EPC must be to hand before the property is put on the market. It is not as aspect of the sale process that lawyers ordinarily arrange. Where you are instructing a Exeter conveyancing lawyer they might be willing to arrange EPC’s given their contacts with long established Exeter energy assessors

My father pointed out to me me that in buying a property in Exeter there may be a number of restrictions affecting the ability to carry out external changes to a property. Is this right?

We are aware of a number of properties in Exeter which have some sort of restriction or requirement of consent to external alterations. Part of the conveyancing in Exeter should determine what restrictions are applicable and advising you as part of a ROT that should be sent to you.

RBS have agreed my home loan in principle, my bid on a flat in Exeter has been accepted, what happens next?

The estate agent will need to know who your solicitors are (ensure that the conveyancing practitioners are on the bank’s approved list). Call up RBS or your financial adviser and complete any relevant forms. RBS will instruct a valuer who will get in contact with the estate agent or seller to schedule a slot for the valuation to happen. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes approximately a fortnight for the mortgage offer to be issued. RBS will issue the offer to you and your conveyancing practitioners. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing in Exeter.

My colleague suggested that where I am buying in Exeter I should ask my conveyancer to execute a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. Can you explain what the purpose of this search is?

This is a search is usually included in the estimate for your Exeter conveyancing searches. It is a large document of about 40 pages, listing and detailing important information about Exeter around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the Exeter Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average Property Price, Crime statistics, Exeter Education with maps and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful information concerning Exeter.

Have completed on a a detached house in Exeter , What is the estimated time for the Land Registry to register my ownership? My Exeter conveyancing solicitor works at snail pace, so I want to check the land registry aspects are concluded.

As far as conveyancing in Exeter registration is no quicker or slower than anywhere else in the country. Rather than based on location, timeframes can differ according to who lodges the application, whether there are errors and if the Land registry communicate with any third persons or bodies. As of today roughly 80% of such applications are completed within two weeks but occasionally there can be extensive delays. Registration occurs after the buyer is living at the property so 'speed' is not usually top priority but where it is urgent that the the registration takes place urgently then you or your solicitor could speak with the land registry and explain the circumstances.

I decided to have a survey completed on a house in Exeter before retaining lawyers. I have been told that there is a flying freehold element to the property. My surveyor advised that some banks tend refuse to issue a loan on a flying freehold house.

It depends who your proposed lender is. Bank of Scotland has different requirements for example to Nationwide. Should you wish to call us we can look into this further with the relevant mortgage company. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can assist as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Exeter. Conveyancing can be more complicated and therefore you should check with your conveyancing solicitor in Exeter to see if the conveyancing will be more expensive.

I have just placed an offer on an apartment in Exeter and the estate agent that we are dealing with recommended his conveyancing practitioner. They quoted £900 excluding VAT and 3rd party costs. Does this sound like a good deal?

Don't just go on a single estimate. One should seek like-for-like quotes for your conveyancing in Exeter. Then select one that you trust and just as important, is on the approved list of the bank that you are sourcing your mortgage from.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Exeter regulated by the SRA

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

  • Dudman Shaw Ltd, The Gallery, Kings Wharf, The Quay, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AN
  • Stephens Scown Llp, Curzon House, Southernhay West, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1RS
  • Prydis Legal Limited, Southgate House, 59 Magdalen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4HY
  • Morgan Pope Ltd, 22 Cathedral Yard, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HB
  • Crosse & Crosse Solicitors Llp, 13-15 Southernhay West, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1PL

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Exeter regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Exeter specialising in commercial conveyancing in Exeter. This will likely include advice on taking a commercial lease as a tenant
  • Dudman Shaw Ltd, The Gallery, Kings Wharf, The Quay, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AN
  • Stephens Scown Llp, Curzon House, Southernhay West, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1RS
  • Prydis Legal Limited, Southgate House, 59 Magdalen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4HY
  • Morgan Pope Ltd, 22 Cathedral Yard, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HB
  • Ford Simey Llp, The Senate, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1UG

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

  • Lawyer instructed by the buyer once the offer has been accepted
  • Investigating the title to the property
  • Ordering Exeter property searches for the title
  • Considering the draft contract and other documentation forwarded by the vendor’s conveyancer
  • Raising questions with the seller’s conveyancer
  • Agreeing the wording of the purchase contract
  • Assessing replies given by the vendor to pre-contract enquiries
  • Negotiating the Transfer Deed for completion
  • Guiding the buyer in respect of the mortgage offer: (where applicable)
  • 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 preparing for completion
  • Completing and submitting to HMRC the appropriate stamp duty forms and payment
  • Dealing with the registration formalities for the new ownership and the mortgage (if applicable) at the Land Registry.

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

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