My best friend’s dad is a property lawyer. I hope that I'll be able to get mate’s pricing for conveyancing, However if that does not come materialise, what level of fees should I be paying for conveyancing in Lee?
Do compare pricing. Make use of our comparison tool on this page. The estimates do be different but the service one can expect differ between law firms as is the case with most professions.
AssumingI were to acquire a freehold propertyin Lee mortgage fee and dispense with a survey and no local authority searches how much would I expect to have to pay for conveyancing in Lee?
The sole reduction in fees you would make on is the Lee conveyancing searches. A conveyancer is required to do the vast majority of work - money laundering, liaising with your sellers conveyancer, stamp duty return, register the title etc. A slight saving might be made by not having to register a charge but it will not be a lot.
In looking at consumer advice sites for an online lawyer in Lee, many post that I should look for a CQS kitemarked solicitor. Can you explain what CQS is?
The Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme is the recognised kitemark for legal experts in the legal transfer of properties, trusted by some of the UK's leading banks. Four years ago the Conveyancing Quality Scheme was officially recognised by the Association of British Insurers (ABI). CQS is not a scheme offered by the Society for Licensed Conveyancers. Lee is one of the numerous areas of the UK where there are Accredited solicitors.
We are close to exchanging contracts on the sale of our house in Lee and according to the buyers it appears that there is a possibility that the property was built on contaminated land. Any local conveyancer would know that there is no such problem. It does beg the question why the purchasers are using a web based conveyancing outfit rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Lee. We have lived in Lee for 4 years we know that this is a non issue. Do we get in touch with our local Authority to get confirmation that there is no issue.
It would appear that you have a conveyancing lawyer currently acting for you. Are they able to advise? 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)
Am I best advised to go with a Lee conveyancing lawyer based in the location that I am buying? We have a good friend who can execute the conveyancing however her office is approximately 350miles drive away.
The benefit of a high street Lee conveyancing firm is that you can visit the firm to execute documents, present your identification documents and pester them where appropriate. They will also have local insight which is a plus. That being said nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If if people you trust used your friend and the majority were happy that must surpass using an unfamiliar Lee conveyancing lawyer just because they are local.
My sealed bid on house in Lee has been accepted, but there is a chain. The current proprietors have offered on a property, although it’s not been accepted yet, and has viewings of other properties booked. I have selected a nearby conveyancing solicitor in Lee. What should be my next step? At what stage do I apply for the mortgage with Virgin Money?
It is usual to have apprehensions where there is an associated chain given your reluctance to be too out of pocket prematurely (home loan application is in the region of £1k, then survey, Lee conveyancing search costs, etc). The first thing to do is ensure that your property lawyer is on the Virgin Money conveyancing panel. As to the next steps this very much depends on the circumstances of your transaction, desire for this property and on the state of the market. During a buoyant market some buyers will apply for a home loan with Virgin Money and pay for the valuation and only if it was satisfactory would they ask their conveyancing practitioner to move forward with searches.