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One of the Home Counties, Essex lies to the north east of London, bordering Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Much of the county is rural, protected from London sprawl by the Metropolitan Green Belt. Its only city (and its county town) is Chelmsford, other urban areas include Harlow and Basildon new towns, Colchester, the port of Tilbury and the resort of Southend-on Sea.

For those wanting a quieter life there are several pretty towns and villages, including Tillingham, Tollesbury, Thaxted and Manningtree. Ingatestone, Audley End and Ockendon are popular with commuters, with journey times to London taking as little as half an hour.

Essex Conveyancing: FAQs

The legal process for buying or selling a home can be daunting. We have put together a list of questions that Essex conveyancing clients often ask us, to help you get your sale or purchase started. Please call us on 0800 022 4108 if you have anything you would like to discuss in more detail.

Buying property in Essex

How much Council Tax must I pay for a property in Essex County Council in 2022?

Essex is situated in Essex County Council. Council tax bands in 2022 are as follows:

Band Chelmsford Council Tax (2022/23)
A £1,297.17
B £1,513.37
C £1,729.56
D £1,945.76
E £2,378.15
F £2,810.54
G £3,242.93
H £3,891.52

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

Conveyancing searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Essex conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. 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?

Selling property in Essex

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Correct, it can take considerably longer to carry out the legal work to sell a leasehold house or flat when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The buyer's conveyancer will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, including a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. Delays are usually caused by the time it takes to source this information.

Your solicitor should commence this before a buyer has even been found, as this information can take weeks to collect if the agent responsible for managing the property is slow or difficult to contact.

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

Remortgaging in Essex

I am remortgaging a property in Essex - do I need a solicitor?

Yes you will need a solicitor to handle the legal side of the remortgage.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 1.25% (June 2022). A good Essex remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

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Transferring equity in Essex

Do I need a solicitor to transfer equity in my Essex home?

If you wish to gift or transfer your share of a property you jointly own to someone else, you will need a solicitor to complete the 'Transfer of Equity'. For a low fixed fee, Your conveyancing solicitor will handle all the legal work for a equity transfer, and they can also complete remortgage conveyancing work at the same time.

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Comparing Conveyancing Quotes in Essex

What's the difference between fees and disbursements?

Legal fees are paid to your property lawyer. Depending on your circumstances, these could include a leasehold fee or mortgage fee.

Disbursements are costs paid to third parties, such as freeholders.

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 Essex 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.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

General Essex property lawyers FAQs

How much are conveyancing fees for buying or selling a home in Essex?

Conveyancing fees are made up of 2 parts: the solicitor's legal and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the extra third-party costs incurred on your behalf, e.g. Stamp Duty or freeholder fees. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Your solicitor's legal fees for buying or selling a house in Essex are fixed, meaning for a standard transaction, your fixed fee conveyancing quote will have no additional fees

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Essex move

Our online conveyancing fees calculator can give you a comprehensive conveyancing quote with a detailed breakdown of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Essex sale or purchase.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2022?

How long does leasehold conveyancing take?

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Although much less common, there are also around 1 million leasehold houses nationwide. The legal work for a leasehold home will usually take more time than a freehold home as leasehold transactions involve more work and there is greater complexity.

Varied factors, such as absent freeholders or slow delivery of managing agents' documents, can lead to serious delays.

Leasehold specialists look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

How we can help you

If you are buying, selling, remortgaging or transferring equity in a property in Essex 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.

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