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Whether you are buying your first home, moving somewhere new or purchasing an investment property, it is crucial to have expert legal representation. Property law is complex and making sure your investment is sound and that your transaction goes smoothly is essential.
Our local conveyancing solicitors deal with a full range of conveyancing services in Wakefield and beyond. We have extensive experience and always work proactively to avoid delays and complete as quickly as possible. Our expertise in conveyancing law means that should difficulties arise, we have the knowledge and understanding to deal with them promptly and effectively, reducing the risk of a transaction falling through.
To get support with your conveyancing transaction today, contact our dedicated legal team at Levi Solicitors on 0800 988 7756. Or get an instant conveyancing quote below.
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Conveyancing with Levi Solicitors
We offer an exceptional personal service, ensuring that you have the support and guidance you need. We will keep you updated throughout the conveyancing process and make ourselves available to speak to you as needed to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you may have.
We deal with sales, purchases, remortgages and other property transactions, providing legal advice on conveyancing as well as expert representation. To obtain conveyancing quotes and for more information about our conveyancing solicitors’ fees, see our residential conveyancing prices.
If you would like to speak to one of our conveyancing experts, we will be happy to hear from you. We can answer any initial questions you have and explain the first steps in dealing with your conveyancing transaction.
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Our conveyancing services in Wakefield
| Buying a property
There are several stages in the property purchase process, as follows:
Arranging a mortgage
It is a good idea to approach a mortgage lender early on, before you have found somewhere to buy. You can ask your chosen lender for a mortgage offer in principle so that you know how much they are likely to lend you. Having a decision in place can be helpful when you make an offer on a property as it will show the sellers that you are a serious buyer and ready to proceed.
Instructing a solicitor
You can also instruct a solicitor as soon as you decide to move. Choosing a conveyancing solicitor with wide experience is recommended so that delays can be avoided as far as possible. If you would like us to represent you, we can carry out the initial work at this stage, opening a file and verifying your identity. This means that we will be ready to start work as soon you find somewhere to buy and we receive the contract package from the seller’s solicitor.
Arranging a survey
It is always advisable to have a survey carried out rather than relying on your lender’s valuation, which will not look at the property in detail. The type of survey you need will depend on the property you are hoping to buy. If it is older, in poor condition or of unusual construction, you may want to consider a full structural survey. For a more modern home in good condition, a homebuyer’s report may be sufficient, and a surveyor can help you decide which is right for your circumstances.
If your survey reveals problems with the property, you can obtain quotes for the work required and try to renegotiate the price to take this into account.
Searches and enquiries
Once you have found somewhere to buy, you can give our details to the estate agent and they will pass these on to the seller’s solicitor, who will send us the contract package. We will then be able to apply for searches. We will go through the information they have sent and raise any enquiries we have with them.
Signing the contract and mortgage deed
Once we have their replies and the search results, we can report to you on the property. We will usually have received your mortgage offer by this stage and you will be able to sign both the mortgage deed and the contract. The contract will not be legally binding until it is exchanged with the seller’s solicitor.
Exchange of contracts
You will usually need to pay a deposit of around 10% when contracts are exchanged. If you are tying in a sale, we can generally use the deposit from this. If you do not have a related sale, you will need to let us have funds in advance so that they are cleared ready for exchange.
We will liaise with you and the seller’s solicitor and estate agent to agree on a date for completion. On exchange of contracts, this date is set and the transaction becomes legally binding.
We will pay the deposit to the seller’s solicitor and send them a transfer document to be signed by their client in readiness for completion. We will also carry out the pre-completion checks and order your mortgage advance.
You will be provided with a completion statement showing the amount that we will need to complete your purchase, taking into account the conveyancing costs and other expenses, such as the Land Registry’s fee for registering your purchase.
On the day of completion, we will send the balance of purchase money to the seller’s solicitor. Once they have this, they will let the estate agent know that the keys can be released to you.
Following completion, we will arrange for the payment of Stamp Duty and register your ownership of the property and the mortgage at HM Land Registry.
| Selling a property
If you are selling a property, you can ask us to represent you before you find a buyer. Finding a conveyancing solicitor at this stage is recommended. If you ask us to deal with your sale, we can let you have the paperwork you will need to complete at this stage, to include property information forms and a fixtures and fittings list.
We will then be ready to send the contract papers to your buyer’s solicitors as soon as you find a purchaser. Instructing a solicitor early on can reduce the amount of time taken to complete a conveyancing transaction.
After the buyer’s solicitors have received the contract package, they will let us have their enquiries. We will liaise with you as necessary to provide responses.
We will request a mortgage redemption statement from your lender so that you have an idea of the amount they will need to clear your mortgage. We will also obtain your signature to the contract at this point.
We will liaise with you regarding completion dates, and once everyone in the chain is ready to proceed we can exchange contracts. If you are tying in a purchase, contracts will be exchanged on this at the same time.
We can let you have a financial statement showing the amount that will be payable to you on completion. We will also let you have the transfer document for signature.
On the completion day, we will let you know once we have received the money from the buyer’s solicitor. You can leave the keys with the estate agent and we will authorise their release once completion has taken place.
| Remortgaging a property
If you are remortgaging a property, you will need a solicitor to deal with the transaction, unless you are staying with the same lender. Our team can carry out the remortgage on your behalf, working promptly to complete as soon as possible.
We will need to carry out much of the same due diligence work involved in a purchase, as your new lender will need to be satisfied that the property is good security for their loan. This includes searches and investigating the legal title of the property.
Once we are ready to complete, we will let you have a financial statement showing the amount we will need to complete or, alternatively, the amount you will need to let us have.
Following completion, we will redeem your existing mortgage and arrange for the new charge to be registered at HM Land Registry.
| Equity release
We also deal with equity release. This is a way of taking capital out of your property while still living there. You will need to have independent advice from a solicitor, and we will also need to carry out investigations into the property on behalf of the lender in a similar way to a remortgage.
For more information about our services, see our residential conveyancing solicitors page.
Residential Conveyancing Team
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