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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

How much is the council tax in Mid Devon District Council?

Devon is situated in Mid Devon District Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Mid Devon District Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1237.18
B £1443.38
C £1649.57
D £1855.77
E £2268.16
F £2680.56
G £3092.95
H £3711.54

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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.

Our solicitors 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 our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Read more:

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

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

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 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Devon remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Quittance's solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are switching to a cashback mortgage with Barclays Bank or to a long-term fixed mortgage with the Manchester Building Society, Quittance can help.

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