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The unitary authority of North Somerset covers part of the ceremonial county of Somerset and has its administrative headquarters at Weston-super-Mare. Other main settlements include Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead.

With an economy traditionally based on agriculture North Somerset is a largely rural area, bounded on one side by the Mendip Hills and by the coast on the other, and with close proximity to Bristol.

An influx of prestigious new homes helped property prices in Clevedon to rise faster than anywhere else in the country in 2017 and average prices are now around 50% higher than the national average.

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North Somerset conveyancing FAQs

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in North Somerset Council?

North Somerset is situated in North Somerset Council. Council tax bands are:

Band North Somerset Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1111.10
B £1296.28
C £1481.47
D £1666.65
E £2037.02
F £2407.38
G £2777.75
H £3333.30

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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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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

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

Conveyancing fees are made up of fees and disbursements.

Disbursements are the costs payable as part of a conveyancing transaction, incurred on behalf of a buyer or seller, e.g. HMLR registration fees and planning documents. Legal fees are for the legal work carried out by the solicitor.

Our fees for buying or selling a house in North Somerset are fixed, meaning for a standard conveyancing transaction, what we quote is what you pay

Calculate the conveyancing fees for your North Somerset home move

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

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Will I need property searches when buying a property in North Somerset?

Searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by North Somerset 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?

I am buying a leasehold property in North Somerset - what do I need to know?

Purchasing a leasehold house or flat in the UK can be very involved. The many potential problems lying in wait for an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like costly and undisclosed major works and short leases.

An experienced leasehold conveyancer 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?

Is there anything to be aware of if selling a leasehold property in North Somerset?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold flat is significantly more time-consuming than for a freehold property.

Leasehold complexity involves additional legal work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in North Somerset. This can involve collating all relevant freeholder information, through to ascertaining if any excess payments are anticipated.

So as to resolve any leasehold-related delays sooner, It is highly recommended that the vendor contact a property lawyer as soon as the decision is made to sell.

I am remortgaging a property in North Somerset - do I need a solicitor?

Yes, you will need a remortgage conveyancing solicitor.

The official UK base rate is currently set at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good North Somerset remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our conveyancing team are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a variable-rate with Santander or to a capped-rate mortgage with the Allied Irish Bank, we can help.

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