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Northampton is the county town of Northamptonshire One of the UK's largest towns it lies 67 miles north-west of London. Its proximity to London - only 48 minutes by train to Euston - has made it attractive for commuters and in 2017, Northamptonshire experienced the largest increase in house prices (9.1%) in England and Wales.

Much of the buoyant economy is in distribution and finance and Northampton was named by Experian in 2014, as the best place in the UK to start and run a business,.

Northampton conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Northamptonshire County Council?

Northampton is situated in Northamptonshire County Council. Council tax bands are as follows:

Band Northampton Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1129.04
B £1317.21
C £1505.39
D £1693.56
E £2069.91
F £2446.25
G £2822.60
H £3387.12

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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 Northampton conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Northampton offer their services on an hourly rate and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Your property lawyer will work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no sneaky extras. Your detailed quote will set out exactly what you will pay when your move completes.

If, for whatever reason, your move does not go ahead, you will be covered by our No Sale, No Fee guarantee.

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How much should conveyancing fees cost in 2019?

I'm purchasing a home in Northampton - 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)

On occasion the initial search results will recommend further searches such as an HS2 search.

To check the cost of searches on a Northampton purchase you can use our 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

The vast majority of flats are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. The conveyancing for a leasehold flat will usually take more time than freehold property as the landlord or managing agent are involved.

Causes of numerous delays can range from slow receipt of the managing agent information to uncontactable landlords.

Quittance's expert leasehold solicitors look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

What do I need to know if selling a leasehold property in Northampton?

The conveyancing process for a leasehold property is quite a lot more difficult in comparison with a freehold house.

Leasehold complexity involves extra work on the part of conveyancing solicitors in Northampton, such as requesting the latest service charge and ground rent statement, through to a copy of the insurance policy.

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

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

The conveyancing process for purchasing a new build property in Northampton is often more complex than other types of conveyancing.

A solicitor in Northampton must be able to deal with things like handling equity loan schemes, working to builders' exchange timelines and checking new build warranties with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and CRL.

Our specialist team of new build conveyancers are well versed 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 Northampton - do I need a solicitor?

Yes.

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Northampton remortgage solicitor might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Our conveyancing solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are switching to a lifetime tracker mortgage with the Halifax or to a fixed-rate mortgage with Birmingham Midshires, our remortgage team can assist.

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