Conveyancing Solicitors in Witney

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Conveyancing in Witney

Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring a property from one person to another or the process of securing a mortgage. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Witney, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have years of experience helping homemovers in Witney and throughout West Oxfordshire handle their sale, purchase, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, shared ownership, new build, leasehold, lease extensions, remortgage and transfer of equity.

Other areas covered: Bicester, Carterton, Chipping Norton, Oxford and Woodstock

Witney Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Witney

A historic market town in Oxfordshire, Witney is known for its medieval architecture and as a centre of the blanket-making industry. Today, it offers a range of shops, eateries, and excellent local schools.

With regular buses to Oxford and nearby railway stations in Long Hanborough and Charlbury, Witney is well-connected for travel. Combining history, community spirit, and countryside charm, Witney's population stands around 28,000.

Witney house prices

The average price paid for a property in Witney between February and March 2024 was £282,776 (updated June 2024).

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Council Tax in Witney (2023/24)

Witney is in West Oxfordshire Council.

Band Amount
A £1,471.91
B £1,717.23
C £1,962.55
D £2,207.87
E £2,698.51
F £3,189.14
G £3,679.78
H £4,415.74

What does a Witney conveyancing solicitor do?

A property lawyer will address all the legal details of buying a property.

They will carry out comprehensive due diligence, including raising enquires of the seller, ordering searches from authorities such as West Oxfordshire Council, handling the transfer of funds and registering your property at HMLR.

Witney conveyancing solicitors may also carry out radon gas searches and conservation area checks.

Are you buying a property with a mortgage?

When you purchase a property, your solicitor must also handle some legal work for the bank or building society that's giving you the mortgage. If your property lawyer isn't accepted on your mortgage provider's panel, it may take many weeks longer to complete the purchase.

Over 100 lenders have approved our chosen partner solicitors, so we can help you complete your Witney transaction without delay.

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Buying a home in a conservation area

When purchasing a home in a Witney conservation area, your solicitor will check for potential planning breaches, including facade maintenance restrictions, and missing consents for landscaping.

Conservation areas in Witney and the West Oxfordshire local authority include:

  • Idbury
  • Minster Lovell
  • Over Norton
  • Chipping Norton
  • Tackley

New Build

The conveyancing for acquiring a new build property in Witney is often more complex than that for an existing property.

A conveyancing solicitor in Witney will need to be qualified to handle things like handling the uncertainties of buying off plan, ensuring that the contract is in the buyer's favour and registering ownership with warranty providers, including NHBC, Advantage HCI and Foundation.

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Selling a house or flat in Witney

For the sale of a home in Witney, your conveyancer will assemble all essential documents, including the sale contract and ID forms, and help you complete these forms.

Their duties entail overcoming hurdles such as a planning issue and responding to the buyer's solicitor's enquiries.

By taking action to communicate effectively with the other parties, like agents, managing agents and lenders, the solicitor will help make sure your sale completes without delay.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Compared to freehold property, yes. Sale conveyancing for a leasehold house or flat can take much longer.

The buyer's solicitor will want to see several leasehold-related documents, like management company information and a current statement of service charges. The time required by your solicitor to source this information is the common cause of such delays.

The seller's solicitor should get this underway even before a sale has been agreed, as the managing agent's information could take several weeks to collect if the managing agent or landlord is slow or difficult to contact.

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Remortgage conveyancing in Witney

The official base rate is 5.25% (24 June, 2024)

Before you instruct a remortgage solicitor, double check your remortgage solicitor's lender panel membership.

Our remortgage panel solicitors are approved members of the majority of building societies and banks. Whether you are switching to a discount mortgage from Halifax or taking out a buy to let mortgage from Harpenden Building Society, we can help take care of the legal side.

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Witney Transfer of equity

Whether you are buying out another part-owner, inheritance tax planning or transferring the ownership of your property to a child, you'll need a solicitor who specialises in transfers of equity. Your property lawyer will handle all the required documentation and register the new interest at HM Land Registry for a low, fixed fee.

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How much are conveyancing fees in Witney?

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

Legal fees

The quote should clearly detail the legal fees, including VAT, that you'll pay when your transaction completes. These fees are what your solicitor or conveyancer charges you for the tasks they complete on your behalf.

Disbursements

The conveyancing quote should also include any disbursements, which are third-party costs, including Stamp Duty and property searches.

Check the terms and conditions

Some solicitors' quotes list extra charges in the small print, leading to a higher final bill. Double-check for additional fees or charges, when you compare conveyancing quotes.

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

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