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Poole is a large coastal town in Dorset. Poole Harbour is one of the largest centres for sailing in the UK and one of the UK's busiest ports, especially for cross channel freight and passenger ferries. Together with Bournemouth and Christchurch it forms the South East Dorset conurbation.

Poole's proximity to the sea and the New Forest National Park keep the property market buoyant and some of the most expensive coastal homes in the UK are on the Sandbanks peninsula across from Poole Harbour, with £6.5 million being asked for new build homes with a sea view.

Elsewhere in Poole average property prices are in the more affordable region of £250,000.

Poole conveyancing FAQs

How much Council Tax will I pay for a property in Poole Borough Council?

Poole is situated in Poole Borough Council. Council tax bands in 2019 are as follows:

Band Poole Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1119.31
B £1305.86
C £1492.41
D £1678.96
E £2052.06
F £2425.16
G £2798.27
H £3357.92

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Poole conveyancing fees fixed?

Some conveyancing solicitors in Poole offer services on a price per hour basis and other firms will work for a fixed fee.

Quittance's property lawyers work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no hidden fees. Your quote will explain in detail what you will pay when your home sale or purchase completes.

If, for whatever reason, your home sale or purchase does not go ahead, you are covered by our No Sale, 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 Poole?

Conveyancing searches are detailed enquiries submitted to a number of authorities by Poole 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?

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

is significantly more complex than buying a freehold property. The numerous common problems lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like unpaid service charges by the existing leaseholder and onerous clauses in the lease.

Your 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?

Could the sale of a leasehold property be delayed?

Yes, that's correct, it can take much more time to carry out the conveyancing on a leasehold home when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The solicitor acting for the buyer must review these documents, like a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance and three years' filed accounts for the property management. The time it takes the solicitor to get these documents together is commonly the source of delays.

Your solicitor should get this underway as soon as possible, as the managing agent's information can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent 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 Poole - what do I need to know?

The conveyancing process for acquiring a new build property in Poole is more complicated than buying an existing property.

A solicitor in Poole must be able to deal with things like dealing with lender conditions, ensuring that the contract is in the buyer's favour and checking new build warranties with warranty providers, including NHBC Buildmark, Advantage and ACHI/Vantage.

Our highly experienced team of new build solicitors are highly experienced in helping buyers get 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.

I am remortgaging a property in Poole - 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 Poole remortgage solicitor might even save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate.

Our conveyancers can act for most UK lenders, so whether you are you are changing to a 95% mortgage with the Co-operative Bank or to a two-year discount with the Chelsea Building Society, we can help.

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