I sincerely hope you can assist me. My Hawkshead lawyer is informing me me that she is duty bound toorder Hawkshead conveyancing searches becausethe firm are on the Lloydssolicitor panel. Is this really necessary?
You have limited options available to you. Given that you are taking out a loan with a lender your property lawyer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your conveyancing practitioner would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of your bank’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the CML Handbook specifications . Even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out Hawkshead conveyancing searches.
We expect to receive a DIP from Virgin Money this week so we can work out what to offer on a property we like as otherwise we only have online calculators to go by (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc). Do Virgin Money recommend any Hawkshead solicitors on the Virgin Money conveyancing panel, or is it better to find our own lawyer?
You will need to appoint Hawkshead solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Virgin Money conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and Virgin Money through the process.
Intending to buy a apartment in Hawkshead. I have received an online quote from a licenced conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Lender if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the Principality conveyancing panel. I wanted to make sure it means there will be no additional fees for dealing with the mortgage.
They are simply saying that the cost for acting for the lender is included in the fee being quoted. It is worth you checking that the Hawkshead conveyancing practitioner is on the Principality conveyancing panel.
After shopping around on the internet I have found a Hawkshead conveyancer having made sure that they are on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property?
Leeds Building Society will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Leeds Building Society will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own Hawkshead surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller.
How does conveyancing in Hawkshead differ for newly converted properties?
Most buyers of new build premises in Hawkshead come to us having been asked by the developer to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the house is ready to move into. This is because developers in Hawkshead usually buy the site, 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 property lawyers 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 Hawkshead or who has acted in the same development.
Due to the guidance of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a property in Hawkshead ahead of retaining conveyancers. I have been advised that there is a flying freehold overhang to the property. The surveyor advised that some banks will not issue a loan on a flying freehold property.
It varies from the lender to lender. Bank of Scotland has different instructions from Birmingham Midshires. Should you wish to telephone us we can check with the appropriate mortgage company. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can assist as they are used to dealing with flying freeholds in Hawkshead. Conveyancing can be more complicated and therefore you should check with your conveyancing solicitor in Hawkshead to see if the conveyancing costs will increase in light of this.
I am looking at a couple of maisonettes in Hawkshead both have approximately forty five years unexpired on the leases. Should I regard a short lease as a deal breaker?
A lease is a right to use the property for a period of time. As the lease gets shorter the marketability of the lease reduces and it becomes more expensive to acquire a lease extension. This is why it is advisable to increase the term of the lease. More often than not it is difficulties arise selling premises with a short lease as mortgage lenders less inclined to grant a loan on such properties. Lease extension can be a difficult process. We advise that you seek professional help from a conveyancer and surveyor with experience in this area.
Hawkshead Leasehold Conveyancing - Examples of Queries Prior to buying
You should want to discover as much as you can concerning the company managing the block as they will affect your use and enjoyment of the property. As the owner of a leasehold property you are often in the clutches of the managing agents from a financial perspective and when it comes to daily issues like the tidiness of the communal areas. Ask other tenants whether they are happy with them. On a final note, be sure you understand the dates that you are obliged pay the maintenance charge to the managing agents and specifically what it includes. The prefered form of lease structure is where the freehold reversion is owned by the leaseholders. In this scenario the leaseholders have control and although a managing agent is usually retained where it is larger than a house conversion, the managing agent acts for the leaseholders themselves. Most Hawkshead leasehold apartments will have a service charge for the upkeep of the block invoiced on behalf of the management company. Where you acquire the apartment you will have to meet this liability, normally in instalments throughout the year. This could vary from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for blocks with lifts and large communal areas. There will also be a ground rent to be met annual, this is usually not a large sum, say approximately £25-£75 but you need to enquire it because on occasion it can be many hundreds of pounds.
Me and my partner have recently had an offer agreed on a flat and had meeting on Monday with the Post Office for the mortgage. They advised me that when it comes to choosing a solicitor that if they are not on their approved panel of property lawyers then we will incur an additional fee of £200. This is is due to the fact that they will then have to instruct a solicitor to act on their behalf in addition to the one we appoint on our behalf and we are liable for their fees. I have asked the Post Office to furnish me with a list so I can seek estimates only from their approved solicitors but was told that I need to check with each individual conveyancer to see if they are on the panel. Is there a simple way of finding out who is on a lender panel?
You should ask the Post Office what their panel criteria is for a solicitor.Thereafter ask the conveyancing practitioner of your choice whether they meet the criteria and have they acted on mortgages for the Post Office in the past. Where the answer to those is yes, then just clarify this with the Post Office. Another option is to utilise our search tool and we may be able to locate a conveyancer in Hawkshead on the approved list for the Post Office.