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Home to the Met Office, the cathedral and university city of Exeter is the county town of Devon. Close to two national parks, a glorious coastline and with good transport links, Essex was recently named as one of the 20 best places in the country to live by the Sunday Times.

The area attracts a cross-section of buyers looking to enjoy both a good lifestyle and economic opportunities. The most sought-after addresses at the top end of the market are in St Leonards, Topsham and Pennsylvania. Park and ride schemes and effective cycle routes make the centre easily accessible from more affordable districts on the outskirts.

Exeter conveyancing FAQs

How much is the council tax in Exeter City Council?

Exeter is situated in Exeter City Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Exeter City Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1169.02
B £1363.86
C £1558.69
D £1753.53
E £2143.20
F £2532.88
G £2922.55
H £3507.06

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

Conveyancing fees will include legal fees and disbursements.

Disbursements are the costs payable as part of a conveyancing transaction, incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and searches. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Our conveyancing fees for buying or selling a house in Exeter are fixed, which means that for a standard transaction, what you pay is exactly what you see in your quote.

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your Exeter sale or purchase

Our conveyancing fees calculator gives an instant conveyancing quote with a comprehensive list of all fees, costs and disbursements for your Exeter sale or purchase.

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I'm purchasing a property in Exeter - what searches do I need?

The standard pack includes:

  • Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Regulated Drainage and Water Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Chancel liability insurance (if required)

Occasionally the location of the property will warrant additional searches e.g. an HS2 search.

To find out the total cost of searches on a Exeter purchase, try our conveyancing cost calculator.

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How long does leasehold conveyancing take?

Almost all flats are leasehold. There are also an estimated 1 million leasehold houses throughout the country. Buying a leasehold flat will usually take more time than a freehold house because there is more to prepare.

Delays in leasehold transactions could include anything from out-of-date contact information for the freeholder to missing leasehold documents.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team complete the legal work for 100's of leasehold purchases each month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

I am selling a leasehold property in Exeter - what do I need to know?

Conveyancing for a leasehold flat (houses are rarely leasehold) is a great deal more complex than for a freehold property.

Leasehold complexity involves additional legal work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Exeter, including sourcing an up-to-date service charge statement, through to looking into potential forfeiture proceedings.

In order to resolve any leasehold problems faster, It is recommended that the vendor contact a property lawyer as early as possible.

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

The legal work for buying a new build in Exeter can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

A solicitor in Exeter must be able to deal with things like squaring developer incentives with lenders, ensuring compliance with planning regulations and registering ownership with warranty providers such as NHBC, Advantage and ACHI/Vantage.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancers are highly experienced in working with buyers towards the best outcome 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 Exeter property?


The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.1% (Jul 2020). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Exeter could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our conveyancers are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are switching to a flexible mortgage with the NatWest or to a flexible mortgage with the Furness Building Society, Quittance can help.

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