Situated between the Bristol Channel and the English Channel, the county of Devonshire is blessed with coastal resorts and the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks. It has 2 cities, Exeter and Plymouth and several important market towns, such as Barnstaple, Okehampton, Totnes and Crediton.
Much of Devon is rural, with agriculture playing a major part in the county's economy.
In 2015, Country Life magazine named Devon as the best place to live in England.
House prices vary across the county, with some of the most expensive being in the popular South Hams district of Salcombe. Ilfracombe in North Devon offers more affordable seaside living, with a new 3-bed houses available for £150,000.
Devon Conveyancing: FAQs
Conveyancing clients often have lots of questions about buying or selling in Devon, and about the conveyancing process. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions:
Buying property in Devon
I am buying a new build property in Devon - what do I need to know?
The conveyancing process for buying a new build in Devon is more complicated than buying an existing property.
A conveyancer in Devon must be able to deal with things like handling structural guarantees, ensuring new estate roads are adopted and working with warranty providers such as NHBC, Advantage and ICW.
How much is the Council Tax in Mid Devon District Council in 2022?
Devon is situated in Mid Devon District Council. Council tax bands in 2022 are as follows:
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I'm purchasing a house in Devon - which searches will I need?
The search pack for a standard property includes:
- Regulated Local Authority Search
- Water search
- Residential Environmental Search
- Chancel search liability
Sometimes the solicitor will advise further searches , for example a flood search.
To see the cost of searches on a Devon property, try our online conveyancing costs calculator.
Selling property in Devon
I am selling a leasehold property in Devon - what do I need to know?
The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat or house is a great deal more complicated in comparison with a freehold house.
The complex nature of leasehold property means that conveyancing solicitors in Devon will usually undertake extra work, which could include collating an up-to-date service charge statement, through to looking into potential forfeiture proceedings.
To reduce leasehold-related delays, It is highly recommended that the vendor contact a property lawyer as early as possible.
Remortgaging in Devon
I am remortgaging a property in Devon - do I need a solicitor?
Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.
The Bank of England base rate is currently 1.25% (June 2022). A good Devon remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.
Transferring equity in Devon
Can Quittance help with a transfer of equity on my Devon home?
A 'transfer of equity' will be necessary if the ownership of a residential property needs to be changed with at least one current owner remaining on the title. A transfer will also be required if the property is being gifted to a child or relative. The legal process of transferring equity differs from an outright purchase or sale. Your conveyancing solicitors can carry out the legal work on the transfer for an all-inclusive fixed fee. If you will also be remortgaging, the legal work for the remortgage can be completed at the same time as the transfer.
Comparing Conveyancing Quotes in Devon
What are conveyancing disbursements?
Legal fees are paid to your property lawyer. Depending on your circumstances, these could include a leasehold fee or Help to Buy fee.
Disbursements are costs paid to third parties, such as local authorities.
How much should I be paying for conveyancing in 2022?
Market research in July, 2022 shows that the actual cost of conveyancing can vary significantly between property lawyers.
To accurately compare Devon conveyancing quotes, you should be aware of the potential additional fees charged by some solicitors that could increase the cost of your property sale or purchase.
General Devon property lawyers FAQs
Are Devon conveyancing fees fixed?
Some conveyancing solicitors in Devon provide legal services on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.
Your solicitor will work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your conveyancing quote will explain what the legal fees will be when your move completes.
If, for any reason at all, your move does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of a No Sale, No Fee guarantee.
How long does the conveyancing on a leasehold property take
Almost every flat in the UK is leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. The legal work for a leasehold flat will usually take more time than a freehold home as there is more to prepare and the freeholder and/or managing agent are also involved.
Examples of delays might include anything from incomplete managing agent information to absent freeholders.
Our expert leasehold conveyancing team handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.
How we can help you
If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in Devon and need an expert conveyancing solicitor, we can take care of the legal side of your move.
We work with a panel of specialist conveyancing solicitors to deliver a stress-free moving experience.
- No Move, No Fee Guarantee
- Fixed fee conveyancing service
- Devon experts
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