Local information

Reading, situated in the upper Thames valley at the confluence of the rivers Kennet and Thames, is the county town of Royal Berkshire.

In 2016, following KPMG's Tech Monitor, naming Reading as the number one tech centre in the country, the area was identified as a 'silicon hub' - attracting tech workers out of London. It is ranked the UK's top area for economic success and wellbeing, according to factors such as employment, health, income and skills.

This, coupled with its close proximity to London (only 30 minutes by rail), has ensured that the property market in Reading remains buoyant, with values rising 16% over the last 2 years.

Reading conveyancing FAQs

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

Reading is situated in Reading Borough Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Reading Borough Council Tax (2018/19)
A £1217.75
B £1420.71
C £1623.67
D £1826.63
E £2232.55
F £2638.47
G £3044.38
H £3653.26

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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 Reading?

Conveyancing fees are made up of legal fees and disbursements.

Conveyancing disbursements are the extra third-party costs incurred on your behalf, for example HMLR registration fees or landlord fees. Legal fees are for the work your solicitor carries out for you.

Our conveyancing fees for buying or selling a house in Reading are fixed, so for a standard conveyancing transaction, what you pay is exactly what you see in your quote.

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

Property searches are questions submitted to a number of authorities by Reading 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 Reading - what do I need to know?

Buying a leasehold property in the UK can be complex. The many potential complications awaiting an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like sinking fund issues and onerous clauses in the lease.

A leasehold 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 the conveyancing for selling leasehold take longer?

Correct, it can take much more time to conduct the conveyancing to sell a leasehold home, compared to freehold conveyancing.

The buyer's conveyancer must review this leasehold-related paperwork, including management company information. Typically, delays are due to the time needed by the seller's conveyancer to source this information.

Your conveyancing solicitor should start this process at the earliest opportunity, because this paperwork can take weeks to collect if the managing agent or landlord is slow or difficult to contact.

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

I am remortgaging a property in Reading - do I need a solicitor?

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

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A good Reading remortgage solicitor can get you onto your new rate as quickly as possible.

Our conveyancers are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so no matter whether you are changing to an offset mortgage with the Bank of Scotland or to a long-term fixed mortgage with the Chelsea Building Society, we can assist.

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