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Conveyancing in Colchester

Conveyancing is the legal process used for transferring ownership of a property from one party to another, or the work involved in a remortgage or transfer of equity. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Colchester, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have helped Colchester and Essex clients with buying, selling, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, shared ownership, new build, leasehold, lease extensions, remortgage and transfer of equity.

Other areas covered: Braintree, Halstead, Ipswich and Sudbury

Colchester Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Colchester

The historic market town of Colchester in Essex, established almost 2,000 years ago is a thriving modern metropolis. Easy access to London on the Great Eastern main line, yet close to coast and countryside and with a high quality of life for residents has made it one of the fastest growing towns in the UK according to recent data showed. Statistics showed that Colchester was attractive to young working professionals seeking more affordable housing.

There is an extensive regeneration programme in place, with plans to build around 12,000 new homes over the next 11 years. Key areas for development are East Colchester, St Botolph's and the Garrison.

Colchester house prices

The average price paid for a property in Colchester between March and April 2024 was £300,080 (updated July 2024).

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Council Tax in Colchester (2023/24)

Band Amount
A £1,340.94
B £1,564.43
C £1,787.92
D £2,011.41
E £2,458.39
F £2,905.37
G £3,352.35
H £4,022.82

What does a Colchester property lawyer do?

During the home purchase, a property lawyer will address all the legal details of buying a home.

Your lawyer will perform due diligence on the property, like raising questions about how the seller has used the property, obtaining searches from relevant authorities, such as Colchester Council and ensuring necessary funds are correctly transferred.

Colchester conveyancing solicitors may carry out flood risk assessments due to large low-lying areas, and potential for London's green belt issues.

Purchasing a property with a mortgage?

If you are planning to buy with a mortgage, your solicitor will verify that the property is worth the loan that the lender will provide.

If your property lawyer is not on your bank or building society's panel, your purchase could take weeks longer to complete.

We work with lawyers who can represent the vast majority of building societies, banks and lenders, so your conveyancing will complete sooner.

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We can help Colchester buyers with the legal work for:

Listed buildings

Around half a million listed buildings exist across the country, and around 1,610 of which are in Colchester Borough Council.

Listed buildings and properties in and around Colchester include:

  • The Thatched Cottage, Lamb Corner, Dedham, Colchester, Essex
  • Old Timbers, Penlan Hall Lane, Fordham, Colchester, Essex
  • Village Pump And Railed Enclosure, High Street, Dedham, Colchester, Essex
  • Store To Rear Of Number 5 Head Street (Two Storey Main Building), Chapel Street, Row Hedge, East Donyland, Row Hedge, Colchester, Essex
  • Keepers Cottage, School Road, Langham, Colchester, Essex

Listed buildings come with complex rules that the owner must adhere to. Our expert solicitor panel will explain to you the commitments a listed building owner must make. Examples include consent required for energy efficient alterations, and an obligation to maintain the property's surroundings in a manner consistent with its historic character.

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Buying a Shared Ownership property

When you purchase a share in a house or flat from a social housing provider, you should use a specialist property lawyer. Although this is a more affordable route to home ownership, shared ownership conveyancing is more involved. This is because contracts are more complicated, and housing associations work to tight deadlines.

With years of experience, our expert panel of solicitors can help you with your shared ownership purchase or staircasing.

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Selling a house or flat in Colchester

At the start of the property selling process in Colchester, your lawyer will prepare vital paperwork, including the draft contract and the various property information forms, and help you fill out this paperwork.

The lawyer will sort out potential snags and respond to inquiries from the buyer's solicitor. Your lawyer will also work with both sides, including agents, managing agents and lenders, ensuring that the move completes quickly.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Correct, it can take much more time to complete the legal work on leasehold properties when compared to conveyancing on a freehold house.

The buyer's solicitor will expect to see this leasehold-related paperwork. These could include an up-to-date statement of service charges and a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time required by your lawyer to gather this paperwork is commonly the source of delays.

Your solicitor should commence this even before you have found a buyer, because the managing agent's information can take weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the managing agent or landlord.

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Remortgaging

Latest Bank of England base rate now at 5.25% (19 July, 2024)

Make sure you double-check your lawyer's lender panel membership before you instruct your solicitor.

Our partner panel solicitors can work with 99% of all banks and building societies. Whether you are changing to a standard variable rate mortgage with TSB or moving to a home reversion mortgage with Barnsley Building Society, we can assist.

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Transfer of equity

Whether you are dealing with inheritance tax planning, resolving joint ownership or transferring the ownership of a property (in part or in full) to your children, a transfer of equity is required.

Your conveyancer will deal with the legal work for a fixed fee.

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How much are solicitors' conveyancing fees in Colchester?

When you are comparing quotes, it isn't always easy to be certain you are comparing like to like.

Conveyancing fees

These fees are what your solicitor or conveyancer charges you for the work they complete during your transaction. Your solicitor's quote will detail the fees for the legal work, including VAT, that you pay when the property transaction is complete.

Disbursements (costs payable to third parties)

Disbursements are additional costs on top of your solicitor or conveyancer's fees for third-party costs incurred on your behalf. Third-party disbursements include Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), HM Land Registry fees and property searches.

Check for additional fees

Some firms list extra charges in their terms and conditions. This can lead to an inflated final bill. When you compare conveyancing quotes, beware of hidden fees or extra charges.

Article by Completely Moved authors

The Completely Moved team have years of experience helping home buyers, sellers and owners, answering questions and providing property advice.

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