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Purchase of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

This quote is based on a purchase price up to £750,000.00. For a quote for purchase prices above that value please contact us directly.


Conveyancer's fees

  • Legal fee between £750.00 and £1,000.00
  • Land Transaction Return fee £75.00
  • Electronic money transfer fee £40.00
  • VAT payable between £ 173.00 and £ 223.00
  • Subtotal between £1,038.00 and £ 1,338.00

If there is a mortgage on the property we charge a fee of £150.00 plus VAT of £30.00 for dealing with the lenders legal paperwork


Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the draft contract papers from the seller's solicitors.

  • HM Land Registry scale fee: between £20.00 and £270.00 dependant on property value
  • Search fees: £300.00 (including VAT) approximately
  • Subtotal: between £ 320.00 and £ 570.00


Estimated total

£ 1,358.00 and £ 1,908.00 plus the extra £150.00 plus VAT relating to any mortgage on the property.


Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website here. Or if you would like us to calculate this for you please do not hesitate to contact us.


How long will my house purchase take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 6 - 10 weeks.


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 that you may wish to include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Send final contract to you for signature
  • Agree 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 lender and you
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

Our fee assumes that:

  • this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction
  • the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  • all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  • no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.