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Buckinghamshire is one of the Home Counties, so named due to their proximity to London, and include the towns of High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Amersham and Beaconsfield. Much of the county is rural and includes part of the Chiltern Hills AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty).

As part of the London commuter belt, property prices in Buckinghamshire are higher than the national average. The county also boasts the highest GDP per capita outside London, the highest quality of life, the best education results in the UK and the longest life expectancy.

Buckinghamshire conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Aylesbury Vale District Council?

Buckinghamshire is situated in Aylesbury Vale District Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Aylesbury Vale District Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1184.14
B £1381.50
C £1578.85
D £1776.21
E £2170.92
F £2565.64
G £2960.35
H £3552.42

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

Can I claim stamp duty relief as a first time buyer?

Are Buckinghamshire conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Buckinghamshire offer their services on an hourly basis others work on a fixed fee.

Our panel of conveyancing solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no nasty surprises. Your conveyancing quote will explain what you will pay when your home sale or purchase completes.

If, for any reason at all, your home sale or purchase does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

Will I need property searches when buying a property in Buckinghamshire?

Conveyancing searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Buckinghamshire conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage lenders also usually require conveyancing searches to be purchased.

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What are conveyancing searches when buying a home and do I need them?

I am buying a leasehold property in Buckinghamshire - what do I need to know?

Purchasing a leasehold property in the UK requires a number of extra steps when compared to buying a freehold. The many potential traps lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like and marriage value issues.

An experienced leasehold conveyancer will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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What you need to know about buying a leasehold property

Should I be wary of buying a leasehold house?

Should I buy a property with a short lease?

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Yes. The conveyancing for selling leasehold houses or flats can take much longer.

The buyer's conveyancer will expect to see several leasehold-related documents. These could include a current statement of service charges and a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time needed by to gather this paperwork is commonly the source of delays.

It can take a long time to gather this paperwork if it is difficult to contact the managing agent, so your solicitor should commence this even before a sale has been agreed.

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Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

I am buying a new build property in Buckinghamshire - what do I need to know?

The legal work for purchasing a new build home in Buckinghamshire is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

Your solicitor in Buckinghamshire will need to be qualified to handle things like investigating developer incentives, verifying rights of access and .

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancing solicitors are experts in working with buyers towards a successful transaction and working to tight developer deadlines.

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Buying a new build property off plan - what you need to know.

What you need to check before buying a new build home.

Will I need a conveyancing solicitor if I am remortgaging my Buckinghamshire property?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Buckinghamshire remortgage solicitor will complete the conveyancing process quickly and get you into your new rate.

Quittance's solicitors are on the panel for all major lenders, so whether you are you are switching to a cashback mortgage with RBS or to a fixed-rate mortgage with the Chelsea Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

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