Moving home can be exciting and stressful in equal measure but by choosing the right conveyancing team to manage the process, you can avoid many of the potential pitfalls and challenges for a smooth and efficient property transaction.
Our residential property solicitors are highly skilled professionals with an in-depth knowledge of the local property market, positioning Lanyon Bowdler as one of the leading law firms for conveyancing throughout Herefordshire. We are members of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme and so whether you are buying or selling you can be confident that we have the expertise and experience you require.
If you are buying or selling in Hereford, in the county of Herefordshire or any of the surrounding areas including Shropshire, Worcestershire or Mid Wales, our specialist conveyancers can help with every aspect of your property transaction, so you are able to relax and focus on other things.
Lanyon Bowdler is one of the most established and trusted law firms in Herefordshire, with a reputation for legal excellence and genuine customer focus.
Our team of experts are both friendly and approachable, delivering an exceptional standard of service to all our clients and maintaining excellent levels of communication at all times. We are here to answer any questions, whenever they arise, and will keep you updated at all stages so you feel reassured right the way through the process.
We will guide you from start to finish and will work tirelessly to bring your transaction to a close as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Whether you are looking to buy or sell a property, require a new mortgage or are seeking to re-mortgage your home, we can provide the specialist legal advice you need.
We manage all aspects of the conveyancing process for both residential and commercial property clients including:
We act for a wide range of clients from first time buyers to seasoned investors with large property portfolios so, whatever your individual situation is, you can rest assured that you and your property plans are in safe hands with Lanyon Bowdler.
Residential property conveyancing involves the handling of all the legal and administrative work surrounding the transfer of ownership of a residential building or land from one person to another.
As a full-service legal firm, we are able to manage the process in its entirety on your behalf.
There are generally three key stages to the conveyancing process; agreeing the sale, exchange and completion. Our role as your solicitor will depend on whether you are buying and/or selling a property.
Agreeing the Sale
When a sale on a property is agreed the identities of all parties and their financial situations will need to be confirmed including whether any debts are held against the property, such as any outstanding mortgage.
Three forms of ID will be required from both the buyer and seller, and a copy of the title deed will need to be obtained from the seller or mortgage lender as well as the current title information from the Land Registry.
After this is all completed, the seller will be required to provide key information about the property including the Energy Performance Certificate and the Property Information Form, which will contain details including:
It is vital that all information provided at this stage is accurate as it forms part of the pre-contract information.
Simultaneously, the buyer’s lawyer will carry out the relevant searches on the property which include water, environmental, telecommunications, railway and Local Authority searches. These are a legal requirement for any property being bought with a mortgage and help to verify the information provided by the seller.
The buyer would also arrange a survey to be carried out on the property at this stage and any building regulations or planning permission for work carried out on the property thoroughly checked.
Whether you are buying or selling a property, it is our aim as your solicitor to anticipate any potential issues so that we are ready with practical solutions to minimise delays and keep everything on track towards a successful conclusion. We will be proactive in any further negotiations that need to be done and will protect your interests at all stages.
Once the searches and survey have been carried out, any issues successfully resolved and any further negotiations concluded, the exchange of contracts can take place.
Both parties will be asked to sign their contracts, which will then be exchanged by the solicitors and it is at this stage that the sale and purchase becomes legally binding.
The gap between exchange of contracts and completion can vary and be anything between a few days to a couple of weeks to allow time for the final paperwork to be prepared. For the transaction to reach completion, the buyer must provide their solicitor with all the funds needed to cover the balance of the property purchase price, the legal fees and taxes. This must take place at least one working day before the agreed completion date.
The seller’s solicitor will then be able to pay off the mortgage, settle the estate agent’s fees, the legal costs and any other charges that have been incurred as part of the sale. Any money left over will be transferred to the seller.
The property deeds will now be sent to the buyer’s solicitor to register the buyer as the new owner and remove any reference to the seller and details of any previous mortgage.
The conveyancing process can seem lengthy and complex but the experts at Lanyon Bowdler are here to guide, advise and support you every step of the way.
Our specialist commercial property conveyancing team are highly experienced when it comes to dealing with commercial property transactions and regularly act on behalf of clients for:
We know exactly how important your commercial interests are and our comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the conveyancing process means we are in the best position to manage and take the transaction forward and will ensure everything runs smoothly, to bring everything to a swift and efficient close.
It is not difficult to see why Hereford is a desirable place for home owners. This ancient cathedral city is situated on the banks of the River Wye and is steeped in history extending all the way back to the seventh century. Hereford Cathedral itself dates back to 1079 and is home to the medieval Mappa Mundi, a thirteenth century map, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Famed for its agricultural heritage, Hereford is surrounded by some of the UK’s finest countryside, including the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding national beauty. Set against a stunning rural backdrop you will find a thriving, traffic-free city centre, which benefits from an abundance of cafes, restaurants, bars and independent shops along with museums, galleries, and The Courtyard Theatre. Regular street markets featuring vintage stalls, local produce and artisan crafts are a welcome sight for locals and tourists alike while the internationally renowned literary Hay Festival takes place in nearby village Hay-on-Wye and is host to around 250,000 visitors each year.
Hereford is a bustling cultural hub set against a stunning rural backdrop, and with excellent schools and amenities, high levels of employment and good transport links it’s no surprise that property prices are on the rise here.
Top of Hereford’s family-friendly credentials is the excellent standard of schools in the area.
There are several primary schools that have been rated outstanding by Ofsted including Holmer Church of England Academy, Marlbrook Primary School and St Paul’s C of E Primary School (as of October 2020). The area is also served by the independent Hereford Cathedral School, one of the oldest schools in the country, educating pupils aged between three and 18.
Among the secondary school options for families in Hereford you will find the Ofsted-outstanding St Mary’s RC High School and Barrs Court School, for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
There is no shortage of further education options in the area either including Hereford Sixth Form College, Hereford College of Arts, Hereford, Ludlow and North Shropshire College and the recently opened New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE)
Property prices in Hereford are showing an upward trend with the average asking price here currently standing at approximately £270,000 (Zoopla, October 2020). There are often plenty of rural properties on the market in Hereford and across the wider county, along with new builds and city-centre apartments.
The areas of Credenhill and Warham are particularly desirable with property prices to the north of Hereford often priced higher than those in the city centre. Budgets are likely to stretch further in areas south of the River Wye and those looking to buy their next home may find there are some bargains to be found in the Wye Valley itself, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. With access to some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside, fabulous local amenities, great schools and good road and rail links, home-owners looking to buy in and around Hereford will undoubtedly be getting value for money.
Hereford benefits from excellent transport links with easy access to the UK’s motorway network and Hereford Railway Station providing direct services to London, Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham.
There is also a comprehensive bus service in the city with the bus station located close to the Old Market Shopping Centre and running regular services to cities such as London, Birmingham and Bristol as well as Heathrow and Luton Airports.
Bristol and Birmingham airports are both around 50 miles from Hereford.
As a predominantly rural area, agriculture is one of the leading industries across Herefordshire along with tourism and food and drink production. As an area famed for its cider it is no surprise that, among other well-known businesses, Bulmers and Westons Cider are both based here, along with food manufacturer Cargill and Tyrells Crisps.
The public sector is another key employer in Herefordshire across services such as healthcare, education and defence.
If you are looking for outstanding levels of customer service, delivered by a warm and friendly team of lawyers who possess unparalleled legal knowledge and experience then you need look no further than Lanyon Bowdler.
We will take the time to get to know you, your circumstances and your goals in order to provide the best possible assistance in line with your long-term aims.
Based in the centre of Hereford and with offices across Herefordshire, in Shropshire and North Wales, we have built up excellent relationships with local people and businesses in the area over the years. We are delighted to be the first choice of so many and are proud to be regularly recommended by clients who have received a first-class service from us.
Lanyon Bowdler represents excellent value for money and provides access to the very best legal team so for an initial conversation and to hear more about how we can help, contact us by phone using the number at the top of this page or complete the online enquiry form and a member of the residential property law team will be in touch.
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