Buying or selling a house is universally recognised as one of the most stressful tasks you’ll ever undertake. With more and more people looking to get on the property ladder, it is important to ensure that when you find a property, you’re prepared. An important part of the property buying process is conveyancing. Conveyancing is necessary for any property purchase. To speak to experienced conveyancing solicitors in Sittingbourne, contact the team at Ratcliffes today on 01795 477505 or by completing our online contact form.
What is conveyancing?
When buying or selling property, the transfer must be done in accordance with the law to ensure all deeds and land relating to the property are received by the buyer. This process is known as conveyancing. Conveyancing encompasses all of the administrative work involved in ensuring a property sale is legally carried out to completion and the exchange of contracts. If this work is not carried out, your house purchase may not be legally valid.
Conveyancing is a complex process, which is why it’s always best to hire an experienced property conveyancing solicitor to carry out the work for you.
Residential Conveyancing Solicitor
Our expert residential conveyancing solicitor, Elizabeth Kinney has over thirty years of experience helping people buy and sell their homes. Once a sale has been agreed between the buyer and the person selling the house, Elizabeth will help ensure all documentation and legal paperwork is completed swiftly and correctly and that any financial transactions are properly processed.
Commercial Conveyancing Solicitor
Principal solicitor Richard Ratcliffe has worked with hundreds of clients to successfully complete the transfer of commercial property such as office space, warehouses and restaurants. With commercial conveyancing, it is important to involve a qualified conveyancing solicitor early on in the process, as they will be hands-on in supporting the sale or lease, with the ability to take on a wide variety of tasks such as drawing up permit plans, licencing applications and revision of lease agreements.
Conveyancing fees will vary depending on the value of the property, whether you are the buyer or the seller and whether the property is leasehold or freehold. You can get a no-obligation online conveyancing quote for your property purchase via our website. Alternatively, you can call us on 01795 477505 to get a quote by phone.
Conveyancing Quality Scheme
When hiring a conveyancing lawyer, you’ll want to make sure you are dealing with someone who adheres to quality standards and is both experienced and knowledgeable. Ratcliffes Solicitors in Sittingbourne is a proud member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). The CQS sets a high industry level standard for conveyancing services, with members being regularly assessed for compliance. Hiring a CQS accredited solicitor will help give you peace of mind that your property transfer is in the hands of someone who adheres to best practice and delivering a high quality, reliable service.
Our expert property solicitors help hundreds of clients each year across Sittingbourne, Faversham, Gillingham and the surrounding areas. To speak to a qualified local property solicitor near you, contact Ratcliffes on 01795 477505 or by email.
A lovely testimonial from one of our recent clients
“We engaged Ratcliffes to handle the conveyancing for our house in March 2021, partly due to personal connections, partly as they were recognised as panel solicitors for Nationwide, our mortgage company.
Ratcliffes have a specialist conveyancing team led by solicitor Elizabeth Kinney, who concentrates on property transactions, which proved to be of great value. This was despite the fact that we have bought and sold 3 properties in the past, but were not aware of various changes in the conveyancing process, especially around the number and type of surveys now needed, which the team effectively guided us through.
The second area of value proved to be in the speed of their work. The entire transaction was conducted in the final weeks of the Government’s stamp duty holiday, meaning that every section of the legal process was under considerable strain to deliver often complex chains before the duty deadline was reached. In spite of the fact that our vendors had to change solicitor nearly halfway through process, Ratcliffes were able to keep the process on track and deliver completion ahead of the duty deadline.
The final comment in the process was the confidence we had in Ratcliffes’ capability to deliver a legally sound solution. This was especially demonstrated over their concerns over the integrity of the title to the property, which was effectively handled to our benefit. They also investigated and explained unusual concerns over mining rights relating to Kent’s past coal mining industry, and again enabled us to make sensible decisions over their existence.
Whilst sound legal advice is, of course, a service solicitors are obliged to deliver, for a customer having the confidence that they would actually do so is invaluable, and the main reason why we have no hesitation in recommending Ratcliffes Solicitors as conveyancers”.