Houghton Regis conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Central Bedfordshire Council?

Houghton Regis is situated in Central Bedfordshire Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Central Bedfordshire Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1250.81
B £1459.28
C £1667.75
D £1876.22
E £2293.16
F £2710.10
G £3127.03
H £3752.44

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Are you paying more council tax than you should be?

How much stamp duty will I have to pay?

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Read more about stamp duty:

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Houghton Regis conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Houghton Regis carry out the conveyancing on an hourly basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Our panel of solicitors work on a fixed fee basis, with no sneaky extras. Your conveyancing quote will set out what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your house sale or purchase goes through.

If, for whatever reason, your house sale or purchase does not go ahead, you have the peace of mind of our No Move, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm buying a property in Houghton Regis - what searches do I need?

The search pack for a standard property includes:

  • Official or Regulated Local Authority Search
  • Environmental Search
  • Drainage and Water Search
  • Chancel search liability

Sometimes the initial search results will recommend further searches such as a search.

To see the total cost of searches on a Houghton Regis property, try our online conveyancing costs calculator.

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

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

Purchasing a leasehold property in the UK can be complex when compared to purchasing a freehold. The many potential problems awaiting the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like and excessive freehold premiums.

Your conveyancing solicitor 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 a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Correct, it can take much more time to carry out the conveyancing on a leasehold home,compared to the sale of a freehold property.

The buyer's conveyancer will expect to see these documents. These could include an up-to-date statement of service charges and management company information. Delays are usually caused by the time it takes your lawyer to gather this paperwork.

Your solicitor should get this underway before a buyer has even been found, because the managing agent's information can take weeks to collect if the managing agent is slow or difficult to contact.

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

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

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

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Houghton Regis remortgage solicitor might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Our conveyancing team are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are switching to a fixed-rate mortgage with RBS or to a joint mortgage with the Leeds Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

Check your solicitor can act for your lender