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    • j3nnavieve
    • By j3nnavieve 9th Jan 18, 7:52 PM
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    Solicitors advice
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    • 9th Jan 18, 7:52 PM
    Solicitors advice 9th Jan 18 at 7:52 PM
    Hi all

    I reserved a new build last week and as I am on my own buying a house and a FTB this is all new to me. The sales person already had a recommended solicitor for me when I signed the reservation papers but I do have to go with this solicitors?

    Just for using their service they have sent me a bill of 350 and their conveyancing chargers are higher than some solicitors that I have researched.

    Am I allowed to have a different solicitor or do I have to have the one that has been given to me by the sales person?
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 9th Jan 18, 8:39 PM
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    You can use any solicitor you like and you would be well advised to use one of your choosing, not theirs.

    As you presumably haven't actually used their service you can return their bill to them.
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    • VintageHistorian
    • By VintageHistorian 9th Jan 18, 8:54 PM
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    The bill will probably be pre-paying the necessary fees for searches and the like.

    You don't have to go with their solicitor. Find one that you want to go with, preferably one near you so you can pop by to drop off papers easily and can have face-to-face conversations with people, and then politely inform the other solicitors that you decided to go with someone else.
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 9th Jan 18, 8:55 PM
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    Always choose your own solicitor. One recommended by the builder won't necessarily rock the boat if something crops up which isn't in your best interests.
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    • G_M
    • By G_M 9th Jan 18, 9:07 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:07 PM
    Not ony are you allowed to use your own solicitor, you are strongly advised to find and use your own.

    Thank the seller/builder politely and tell him your solicitor will be Mr Jones, 1 The High Street, YourTown.

    (after meeting Mr Jones of course)
    • Thrugelmir
    • By Thrugelmir 9th Jan 18, 9:27 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 9:27 PM
    Just for using their service they have sent me a bill of 350 and their conveyancing chargers are higher than some solicitors that I have researched.
    Originally posted by j3nnavieve
    Make sure you compare like for like.
    Financial disasters happen when the last person who can remember what went wrong last time has left the building.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 9th Jan 18, 10:23 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 10:23 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 10:23 PM
    Don't forget to ensure that your solicitor is on the panel of the mortgage lender you plan to use.
    • j3nnavieve
    • By j3nnavieve 13th Jan 18, 5:34 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:34 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:34 PM
    Can you explain this please?
    • Thrugelmir
    • By Thrugelmir 13th Jan 18, 5:41 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:41 PM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 5:41 PM
    Conveyancers (normally solicitors) represent lenders as well as yourself for the purchase transaction. To act on a lenders behalf conveyancers ideally need to be preapproved, i.e. on the lenders panel.

    If they are not. The lender can still request the use of their solicitor.For which you'll incur additional fees.

    Conveyancers can apply. However this will delay proceedings.
    Financial disasters happen when the last person who can remember what went wrong last time has left the building.
    • hjd
    • By hjd 14th Jan 18, 7:38 AM
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    My son was interested in buying a new build flat. He did use the solicitor recommended by the developer.
    A few weeks down the line, she advised him not to proceed with the purchase as there were questions over the method of construction (converted office block) and thus mortgages were very hard to obtain.
    The developers sacked her as their recommended solicitor and appointed another one.
    Nearly 2 years on and there are still things waiting to be finished off on that block. Looks like about 4 of the 16 flats are currently occupied.
    My son bought a flat in a large purpose built block which had been up for 8 years. Slightly more money but a lot bigger and better layout. He's very happy. He used the same solicitor and she was very good.
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