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Purchase of a freehold residential property: fee structure

Conveyancer’s fees and disbursements

The fees for our conveyancing services cover all of the work* required to complete the purchase of your new home, including 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 and dealing with registration at the Land Registry.

Our sale & purchase fees

Our remortgage fees

Purchase PriceFreehold
£0 – £500,000£1,000 – £1,200
£500,000 – £750,000£1,200 – £1,500
£750,000 – £1,000,000£1,400 – £2,000
£1,000,000 – £1,250,000£1,600 – £2,250
£1,250,000 -£1,500,000£1,800 – £2,400
£1,500,000 – £2,000,000£2,000 – £2,600
£2,000,000 – £2,500,000£2,200 – £2,800
£2,500,00 – £3,000,000£2,500 – £3,500
£3,000,000 – £4,000,000£3,500 – £4,500
£4,000,000 – £5,000,000£4,500 – £5,500
£5,000,000 – £6,000,000£5,500 – £6,500
£6,000,000 – £7,000,000£6,500 – £7,500
£7,000,000 – £8,000,000£7,500 – £8,500
Loan ValueFreehold
£0 – £500,000£650 – £1,000
£500,000 – £750,000£750 – £1,200
£750,000 – £1,000,000£950 – £1,300
£1,000,000 – £1,500,000£1050 – £1,400
£1,500,000 – £2,000,000£1,250 – £1,850
£2,000,000 – £2,500,000£1,250 – £1,850
£2,500,000 – £3,000,000£1,250 – £1,850
£3,000,000 – £4,000,000POA

Disbursements

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.

Anticipated disbursements: –

  • HM Land Registry fee: £40 – £455 (based on the purchase price of the property)
  • Search fees: £450.00 – approximately
  • Electronic money transfer fee: £48
  • 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 or if the property is located in Wales by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website here.

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. We have summarised some of the key stages below.

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • 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
  • Draft and agree the terms of the Transfer Deed
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • 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 8 -12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on a variety of factors such as the parties in the chain and the nature of the transaction and the availability of finance.

* 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. (if leasehold) this is the assignment of an existing lease and is not the grant of a new lease
  3. Title to the property is registered
  4. The transaction does not involve the purchase of a New Build, Shared Ownership or Right to Buy property
  5. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise
  6. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from third parties providing documentation
  7. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.
  8. Finance is being obtained on standard terms. This does not include bridging finance, Help to Buy Mortgages, Help to Buy Isa or Islamic Mortgages.

Our fees explained: