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Trafford is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester and includes the towns of Altrincham, Partington, Sale, Stretford and Urmston.

Trafford is regarded as the economic powerhouse of Greater Manchester with low levels of unemployment. The borough is home to Trafford Park, Europe's largest business park with more than 1,400 companies employing around 50,000 people. The area's business resilience, excellent transport links and outstanding schools have made Trafford an attractive place to live, and consequently property prices have been rapidly increasing over recent years.

Trafford conveyancing FAQs

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

Trafford is situated in Trafford Council. Council tax bands are:

Band Trafford Council Tax (2018/19)
A £990.51
B £1155.59
C £1320.68
D £1485.76
E £1815.93
F £2146.10
G £2476.27
H £2971.52

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What is Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)?

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

Are Trafford conveyancing fees fixed?

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

Your solicitor will work on a fixed conveyancing fee basis, with no unexpected 'add-ons'. Your detailed quote will explain what the conveyancing fees and costs will be when your property transaction goes through.

If, for any reason at all, your property transaction 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?

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

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

Purchasing a leasehold flat in the UK can be complicated. The many potential complications lying in wait for an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like overpriced managing agent packs and leases with fewer than 80 years to run.

Your conveyancing 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?

Yes, compared to freehold conveyancing. The conveyancing for selling leasehold properties typically takes longer.

The buyer's solicitor will want to see this leasehold-related paperwork. These could include a current statement of service charges and management company information. The time it takes your lawyer to source this information is commonly the source of delays.

It can take a long time to gather the managing agent's information if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or they are slow to respond, so the seller's solicitor should get this underway as soon as possible.

Read more:

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

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

Yes.

The Bank of England base rate is currently 0.75% (Feb 2019). A proactive conveyancing solicitor in Trafford could save you a few mortgage payments on your old rate by completing the conveyancing quickly.

Our property solicitors are members of most UK mortgage lenders, so whether you are you are moving to a fixed-rate mortgage with the NatWest or to a two-year discount with the Chelsea Building Society, our remortgage team can assist.

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