Freehold Residential Purchase Pricing
Thank you for looking at our property services. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an investor, we are here to take the stress out of buying and selling residential property.
We will guide you through each step of your transaction and offer a service that that fits your exact requirements. Where necessary we can recommend other professionals such as Surveyors, IFA’s and property valuers.
At a time where money really matters, we always provide a quality service at a fair price. We will keep you up-to-date with all of the relevant information so you can make informed decisions and have complete confidence that every detail has been properly taken care of.
We have an experienced team who understand the stress involved in buying, selling or re-mortgaging your property. Our approach is simple; we provide a first-class service from our expert team who make the difference by removing confusion and uncertainty, dealing with all of the legal details of a property transaction on your behalf.
Our team is made up of highly qualified Solicitors who have the legal and technical “know how” to resolve any issues as they arise in a professional and efficient manner. We understand that communication is key, so will make sure we are always available to answer your questions in plain English and ensure you are kept up-to-date with everything you need to know.
You will have the confidence that you are our priority, with our aim being that any member of the team is available to speak with you when you need some clarity and certainty at any stage in the process. We feel this provides reassurance and gives you an outlet for any concerns that you may have. Potentially this is the biggest investment of your life and we not only want to provide that first-class service, but value for money and no hidden fees.
We are proud to hold Lexcel and CQS Accreditations, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain high levels of client care.
The fees involved in any transaction are important and we review our fees on a regular basis, considering clients’ feedback so we can make sure we always offer the best value for your money.
Our estimated fees are set out as:
Freehold Residential Property
Our fees cover all the legal 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.
Minimum Fee for Acting on Behalf of the Mortgage Lender (if applicable)
Stamp Duty Land Tax Form Completion Fee
Telegraphic Transfer Fee
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.
These fees may be subject to change if further information relating to your property becomes available, for example, if you require additional searches such as an Official Coal report, which typically costs £43.98 incl. VAT
Estimated Search Fees (Local Authority, Drainage and Water, Environmental and Planning) -
Bankruptcy Search Fee (per name)
HM Land Registry Search Fee
Seller’s Solicitors Check
Stamp Duty Land Tax & Land Registry Fees
Stamp Duty is a tax payable on the purchase of land. The amount depends on a number of factors such as the purchase price of your property, whether you are buying your first home or own other properties. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website.
Registration at HM Land Registry
This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMLR's website.
We do not offer tax advice. and we would recommend you seek advice from an independent mortgage broker or financial adviser.
We do not carry out valuations on the property you intend to buy and this is usually conducted by your new lender (if applicable).
We do not charge or pay any referral fees i.e. some solicitors pay a referral fee to an estate agent or mortgage broker for your instructions and this is included in the fee you would pay. When will there be additional costs, if any?
There may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.
Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:
- If a legal title is defective or part of the property is unregistered
- If you discover building regulations or planning permission has not been obtained
- If crucial documents, we have previously requested from you have not been provided to us
- If the property is a new build
- If you require an exchange of contracts within 5 weeks of instructing us
- If you require completion within 6 weeks of instructing us
- If you require a simultaneous exchange of contracts and completion
For any transaction, the timescales are subject to change depending on when your offer is accepted and factors involved such as:
- Number of parties in the chain
- Whether you have a mortgage in place
- Whether you are buying a new build property
- Whether you need a lease extension for a leasehold property
A typical transaction will take between 8 and 12 weeks. However, if any of the above apply, or there are other factors we need to take into consideration, it may increase the time by a further 4-6 weeks and additional charges may occur. We will discuss this with you at the earliest opportunity so you always have a clear picture of how long things are likely to take.
With every transaction there are key milestones, which may vary according to individual circumstances. They may be as follows:
- Taking your instructions and give initial advice based on the information you have provided
- Checking finances are in place to fund the purchase and contacting the lender’s solicitors if needed
- Receiving and advising on contract documents
- Undertaking searches
- Obtaining further planning documentation if required
- Making any necessary enquiries of the seller’s solicitor
- Providing advice on all documents and information received
- Advising you of the mortgage offer conditions
- Finalising contracts and sending to you for signature
- Agreeing a completion date (the date from which you will legally own the property)
- Exchanging contracts and notifying you that this has happened
- Ensuring all monies have been received from you and the lender(s)
- Completing the purchase
- Completing the Stamp Duty Land Tax form and dealing with payment within the required timeframe
- Completing and submitting an application for registration at the Land Registry
Jennifer Dodd - Associate Director and Head of Blackheath Conveyancing – over 25 years experience of residential conveyancing
Lili Jiang - Solicitor in residential and commercial conveyancing – three years qualified