Mulcahy Smith Limited
23 Regent Terrace
Gateshead
Tyne & Wear
NE8 1LU
DX 60302
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Mulcahy Smith is the trading name of Mulcahy Smith Limited . Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority 640868

Rules can be found at: www.sra.org.uk

Company registration number is 10633946

VAT Registration number is 300940502

Tel:      0191 490 1000

Fax:     0191 477 1996

email:  law@mulcahysmith.co.uk

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Last year we helped thousands of clients buy and sell properties all over the UK 

 

For a free no obligation quote call us now on 0191 490 1000 or use the contact form below and one of our solicitors will be in touch

Cost Estimate Guidelines

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.The fee can vary depending on a number of factors (for instance price of the property) but an example of a £100,000.00 purchase is shown below.

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements
  • Legal fee £500.00

  • Search fees £250.00 (estimated)

  • HM Land Registry fee £40.00

  • Electronic money transfer fee £30.00

  • VAT payable £106.00

  • Subtotal (or just this figure) £926.00

Estimated total: £926.00
 

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

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 here or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website here.

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 6-8 weeks.It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 8 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 4 months. In such a situation additional charges may apply.
 

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
     

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Our fees cover all 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 is in Wales. The following estimate is based on a purchase price of £100,000.00
 

Conveyancer's fees and disbursements
  • Legal fee £600.00

  • Search fees £250.00

  • HM Land Registry fee £40.00

  • Electronic money transfer fee £30.00

  • VAT payable £126.00

  • Subtotal (or just this figure) £1046.00


Estimated total: £1046.00
 

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. There are certain disbursements which will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements which we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the term of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller's solicitors.

Anticipated Disbursements*
  • Notice of Transfer fee – This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £10.00 and  £180.00.

  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) – This fee is set out in the lease. Often the fee is between £10.00 and £180.00.

  • Deed of Covenant fee – This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £250.00 and £500.00

  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100.00 and £300,.00.

 

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.
 

Stamp Duty Land Tax

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website here or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority's website here.

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential leasehold 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

  • Send final contract to you for signature

  • Draft Transfer

  • Advise you on joint ownership

  • Obtain pre-completion searches

  • 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
     

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 6-8 weeks. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 8 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 and 4 months. In such, a situation additional charges would apply.

* Our fee assumes that:

  1. 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

  2. this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease

  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise

  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation

  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
     

Below is list of things you may wish to consider if you use an online quote calculator for conveyancing matters. You could, if you wish, build questions to find out the following information:

  • value of the property

  • first-time buyer

  • re-mortgage

  • freehold or leasehold

  • new build

  • first registration of title

  • whether a mortgage or not, or Islamic mortgage

  • in purchase cases, whether primary residence, buy to let or second/holiday home

  • multiple owners

  • shared ownership scheme

  • using a help to buy scheme, and whether it is an equity loan or ISA

  • purchase under right to buy

  • purchase at auction

  • property has been repossessed