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Both buying and selling property can be extremely stressful, so it is paramount for us that we make the process of sale and purchase as straightforward and reassuringly calm as possible for you. At GloverPriest, we understand that every client is different. That’s why we offer a professional practice, based in a number of localities, providing a uniquely tailored and personal face-to-face service, including private appointments as and when required.

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What is conveyancing?

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Conveyancing is the process of transferring ownership of property or land from one person to another.

 

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When should I instruct a conveyancing solicitor?

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When selling Instructing before you have found a buyer gives your conveyancer the chance to review all the paperwork relating to your property in advance. When buying a property, you will need to instruct a conveyancer as soon as an offer has been accepted as all parties will now be requesting this information.   

 

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Are all payments under Settlement agreements tax free?

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No. Normally you can receive a termination payment of up to £30,000 tax free. However, this does not apply to payments arising out of your contract such as salary, bonuses, payment in lieu of annual leave or other benefits.

 

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Why do you need to verify my ID?

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Solicitors have a duty under money laundering regulations to verify the identity and help stop criminal activity. There are also similar obligations in respect of identity verification for the Land Registry and mortgage lenders

 

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Why do you need to verify where my money is coming from?

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Within exess of 4 billions pounds of fraud in conveyancing per year, Solicitors have to carry out anti-money laundering checks in every transaction to ensure the funds are coming from a legal and legitimate source.

 

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What is a conveyancing chain?

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A chain is where each of property completions is dependent on the purchase before and after it in the sequence of linked events.

 

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What Are Disbursements?

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Disbursements are payments made by your solicitor to others, such as stamp duty, land registry fees and search fees.

 

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What are property searches?

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Conveyancing property searches are essential information regarding the property you plan to buy. There are three searches that are normally arranged by the solictior on your behalf. Local Authority Searches - Information from the local council, for example if the property is affected by a planning enforcement notice. Environmental Search - To determine whether the land will be contaminated. Water Drainage Search - To ensure that your property is connected to mains water,

 

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Do I have to have property searches?

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No. It is highly recommended that searches are carried out on any potential purchase and often a requirement for obtaining a mortgage. If you are purchasing a property without a mortgage as a cash buyer, then you will have a choice on whether to conduct these searches, but may be required to sign a waiver.

 

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Do I need a survey when buying?

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A mortgage lender will do a valuation, they may also carry out a survey. This will not be as detailed as you may want, so you may wish to instruct your own surveyor to give an open assessment of the property, which may also include their valuation.

 

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When should I apply for a mortgage?

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Mortgages tend to take around 18 to days from application to acceptance. We would recommend moving from an agreement in principle to a full mortgage application as soon as you have an offer accepted.

 

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How much is Indemnity Insurance?

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The price of an indemnity policy can very depending on what it is protecting you against. The one-off cost of a policy to make up for a lack of FENSA certificates for new windows is approximatly £20, but policies covering missing building work certificates can cost several hundreds.

 

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What does 'Exchange Of Contracts' mean?

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Exchnage of contracts means the transactions has become binding. On exchange of contracts the completion date (moving date) is confirmed. Contracts are exchanged between solicitors. You do not need to be present for us to exchange contracts.

 

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How long will my transaction take?

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For a sale or purchase the average time between instructing your solicitor and moving in is 10-12 weeks but transactions can only proceed as quickly as the slowest person in the chain. A remortgage or transfer of equity can take between 1 and 2 months but generally quicker if you are remortgaging with the same lender

 

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I need to complete quickly - can you guarantee me a timescale?

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Where possible we will try to accommodate any requests for quicker than normal transaction but cannot guarantee dates (exluding auction purchases), this may carry additional fees. A quick completion depends on the willingness of all parties (including any part of the chain, mortgage lenders and any other company or individual) involved to work towards this together.

 

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What are licensed conveyancers?

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Specialist lawyers known as "licenced conveyancers" were introduced in the 1980's to meet the increased housing market demand. Licensed conveyancers are qualified lawyers who deal exclusively with property law

 

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How soon do I need to pay any money?

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For each type of conveyancing transaction, you may be asked to pay a deposit on account to start the process, this will cover any initial disbursements and will offset your final balance. The balance of the price and the conveyancer's cost, as well as any additional charges, will be payable shortly before completion. If you are borrowing more than 90% of the purchase price then you may be required to pay prior to the exchange of contracts

 

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Do I still need to pay legal costs if it all falls through?

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You are responsible for all legal costs up to the point of the transaction falling through. In some of our transactions we offer peace of mind via an Abortive Matter Indemnity Fee (AMIF) at a cost of £75+VAT which covers all your legal fees. One of our team would be happy to discuss this in more detail.

 

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What is simultaneous exchange and completion?

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This is when you exchange, complete and move on the same day.  If you are exchanging and completing on the same day you will not have a binding contract in place until the day you are due to move in.

 

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Can I protect the deposit I pay into the house if I'm not married?

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Yes, there are ways in which you can protect your share in a property especially when you are paying in different amounts. A Declaration of Trust can protect your share if you were to separate and sell later or you can protect your share by owning the legal title in a specific way.

 

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Are GloverPriest Solicitors regulated for conveyancing?

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Yes. We are SRA Regulated and Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accredited. The CQS scheme gives customers peace of mind during property transactions and ensures the solicitors meet their strict guidelines.

 

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