Having sold my house in Gerrards Cross last February yet the purchaser is calling every few hours to say their conveyancer needs to hear from mysolicitor. What should my lawyer have done now that I have sold?
Post completion of your sale your solicitor is duty bound to deliver the transfer deeds and all additional paperwork to the purchaser's conveyancer. If applicable, your solicitor should also evidence that the home loan has been repaid to the buyers lawyers. There are no post completion formalities unique to conveyancing in Gerrards Cross.
After scouring mumsnet.com for a high-quality solicitor in Gerrards Cross, most say that I must instruct a CQS accredited lawyer. Can you explain what CQS is?
Gerrards Cross Conveyancing Quality Scheme practices have been granted certification by the law Society CQS was brought about to promote high standards in the in the legal transfer of properties. CQS enables buyers and sellers to identify solicitor firms that provide a quality residential conveyancing. Gerrards Cross is one of the many areas in England and Wales in which CQS have a presence. The scheme obliges law firms to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self-certification, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
How does conveyancing in Gerrards Cross differ for newly converted properties?
Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Gerrards Cross contact us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the house is built. This is because house builders in Gerrards Cross usually acquire the land, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct conveyancers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are accustomed to new build conveyancing in Gerrards Cross or who has acted in the same development.
I have been advised by a couple of local estate agents in Gerrards Cross to get a quote from a conveyancer on your site. What’s the financial upside for Estate Agents to market your services rather than alternative conveyancing organisations?
We refuse to offer any financial incentive for directing people to this site. We thought it would be too underhand to pay a commission because home movers will think, ‘Why is the agent getting a kickback? Why am I not receiving any benefit too?’ We would prefer to grow our business on genuine recommendations.
We're FTB’s - had an offer accepted, yet the property agent has warned us that the vendor will only move forward if we appoint their preferred conveyancers as they want a ‘quick sale’. Our preferred option is to instruct a local solicitor accustomed to conveyancing in Gerrards Cross
It is unlikely the owners are behind this. Should the owner desire ‘a quick sale', turning down a genuine buyer is not the way to achieve this. Speak to the owners direct and make the point that (a)you are serious buyers (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 are going to appoint your preferred Gerrards Cross conveyancing firm - not the ones that will give the negotiator at the agency a commission or meet his conveyancing targets demanded by HQ.
When it comes to my conveyancing in Gerrards Cross should I be charged VAT on the following: (1) Land reg fee on purchase (2) Pre - completion search fee (3) SDLT E submission on purchase (4) Bank TT fee
(1) Land reg fee on purchase - No (2) Pre - completion search fees -No, (such conveyancing searches are HMLR ones and means £4 and possibly £2 bankruptcy per name on your mortgage) (3) SDLT E submission on your purchase - There is no VAT on Stamp Duty. However if the firm is charging a stamp duty e-submission fee as part of their services - some Gerrards Cross conveyancers do - that will incur VAT(4) Bank transfer fee - Yes it is for the conveyancing practitioner's time in submitting the funds this way.