Nicholson Martin Legge & Miller Solicitors Conveyancing

What is Conveyancing?

Conveyancing, at its core, is the legal procedure involved in the buying and selling of property. It encompasses the essential steps required to transfer property ownership from a seller to a buyer.

If you’re considering any of the following, Nicholson Martin Legge & Miller can help.

  • Buying or selling a house
  • Re-Mortgaging your house
  • Transferring property subject to a Mortgage
  • Buying or selling commercial premises
  • Leasing commercial premises
  • Buying or selling a business

Residential Conveyancing

Buying or selling a house is probably the largest transaction that you will make and is arguably one of the most stressful. We aim to ensure that your transaction proceeds as smoothly as possible. We will guide you through the process and keep you informed every step of the way.

We can help with:

  • House sales and purchases
  • Buy to Let
  • Re-Mortgages
  • Transfers (subject to mortgage)
  • Shared ownership Leases.
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Nicholson Martin Legge & Miller Solicitors commercial conveyancing

Commercial Property

We have been assisting our business clients for many years with their property requirements and can help with:

  • Buying or selling freehold or leasehold property
  • Leases of commercial property
  • Lease renewal
  • Buying or selling a business
  • Property finance.

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Property Purchase Examples

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with the registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of any applicable Stamp Duty Land Tax.

Example 1 - Freehold

Example 2 - Leasehold

We are totally independent and therefore do not pay referral fees.

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees and search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. The amount of the search fees will depend on which searches your mortgage lender requests as well as which local authority the property falls within. The above figure is based on the property being within the local authority of Durham County Council. The Land Registry figure is the amount due if we are able to send the registration electronically, if the registration has to be done manually then the Land Registry’s fee would be £80.

Stamp Duty

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you need to pay by using the calculator on HMRC’s website by following this link: HMRC – Stamp Duty

How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. The average time takes between 6 to 9 weeks. It can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing an empty property it could take as little as 3 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, a couple of months. In such a situation additional charges would apply and you would be informed of this at the start of the process.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. However, below we have suggested some key stages:
  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of the seller’s solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Advise you of the conditions of the mortgage offer
  • Obtain your signature to the final contract
  • Agree a completion date (date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from the lender and you
  • Complete the purchase
  • Deal with the payment of Stamp Duty
  • Deal with the application for registration at the Land Registry

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