Northumberland conveyancing FAQs

What are the council tax bands in Northumberland County Council?

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

Band Northumberland County Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1218.26
B £1421.30
C £1624.35
D £1827.39
E £2233.48
F £2639.56
G £3045.65
H £3654.78

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Northumberland conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Northumberland offer services on a price per hour basis others work on a fixed fee.

Quittance's solicitors work on a fixed legal fee basis, with no nasty surprises. Your quote will explain what the fees and disbursements will be when your move completes.

If, for any reason at all, your move 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?

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

Searches are enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Northumberland conveyancing solicitors to identify issues affecting the home you want to buy. Mortgage 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?

How long does leasehold conveyancing take?

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. Buying leasehold property will usually take more time than a freehold property as there is more work involved and there are more parties involved.

Varied factors, such as out-of-date contact information for the freeholder or incomplete managing agent information, can lead to serious delays.

Our specialist leasehold solicitor team look after hundreds of leasehold clients every month. Our proactive approach means fewer obstacles.

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes. The conveyancing for selling leasehold houses or flats typically takes longer.

The buyer's solicitor will need to review these documents, such as an up-to-date statement of service charges. The time required by your lawyer to source this information is the common cause of such delays.

The seller's solicitor should start this process at the earliest opportunity, as this information can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property or they are slow to respond.

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

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

The conveyancing for acquiring a new build property in Northumberland can be complicated compared to other types of conveyancing.

An experienced solicitor in Northumberland will need to be qualified to handle things like ensuring that new build mortgage conditions are met, handling withdrawal under the Consumer Code for Housebuilders and working with warranty providers such as NHBC Buildmark, Advantage HCI and CRL.

Our award-winning team of new build conveyancers are highly experienced in working with buyers towards a stress free move 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 Northumberland property?

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

The base rate is now at 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Northumberland remortgage solicitor could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our conveyancing team can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a cashback mortgage with the Halifax or to a two-year discount with the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, our remortgage specialists can help.

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