Residential Property & Conveyancing Solicitors based in Worthing, West Sussex
We recognise that buying and selling property is one of the most stressful things that you can do, as well as being the most financially valuable transaction you will ever make. Our team of specialist residential property and conveyancing solicitors aim to take the mystery out of property buying and selling.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a seasoned property investor, or a buy-to-let landlord, we will always communicate our advice in plain and clear English and keep in touch with you at each stage of the process.
We are proud to have been awarded the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. We are entirely independent and do not take or pay commission to any estate agents. In this way we are able to put our clients first, without any conflict of interest, and can ensure that your interests are fully protected.
Our residential property solicitors’ expertise
Our highly experienced residential property team will be delighted to guide you through all types of residential property transactions, including:
- Buying or selling freehold or leasehold property
- The legal work for your mortgage
- Transfer of equity
- Advice on leases, including extensions
- Title inspections and advice on rights of way, easements, boundaries, covenants, and rent charges
- Registration at HM Land Registry
We also provide advice on and deal with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty for short) if the property is in England or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax for short) if the property is in Wales.
Buying or selling your home
Buying or selling a house requires the assistance of a skilled residential property lawyer or conveyancer to conduct the transaction efficiently and correctly. We will address your case with meticulous attention to detail, leaving no room for error. We’ll also provide regular updates on the progress of your sale or purchase, giving you peace of mind that everything is proceeding as it should.
We can advise on both freehold and leasehold property transactions, draft contracts, conduct essential Land Registry and local authority searches, advise on property surveys, and handle the administrative aspects such as exchanging contracts, ensuring monies are transferred at the right times, and paying Stamp Duty (if you are not a first time buyer).
We can also provide clear, understandable advice regarding purchases and sales through government schemes such as Help to Buy and Shared Ownership.
If this is your first time purchasing property, read our article Conveyancing Explained: For the First Time Buyer for a more in-depth breakdown of the conveyancing process.
Common reasons for remortgaging include:
- You are looking to switch mortgage deals
- Your current deal is about to expire
- You want to borrow money (for example, for home improvements)
- You have other debts you need to pay off
- You want more flexibility in how your pay your mortgage, such as the ability to overpay or take payment holidays
Remortgaging can potentially save you a great deal of money. However, whether you’re getting an advance on your existing mortgage or switching mortgage provider, it’s essential to consult an experienced residential property lawyer.
We can provide practical advice about whether remortgaging is right for you (including helping you work out whether there is a financial benefit to remortgaging) as well as liaising with your mortgage lender and handling the legal documents on your behalf.
From landlords with extensive buy-to-let property portfolios to first-time and accidental landlords, our residential property solicitors provide clear, reliable advice about buy-to-let conveyancing.
As well as guiding you through the conveyancing process, we can provide ongoing support, such as providing advice on your legal and regulatory rights and responsibilities as a landlord.
Transfer of equity
Transfer of equity means changing the legal ownership (or transferring a share of the ownership) of a property. Common equity transfer scenarios include:
- A parent transferring their property to their child
- Someone transferring a share of their property to their new spouse or partner
- A joint owner buying their former spouse out of their share of the property after a divorce or relationship breakdown
We can provide advice on whether transfer of equity is right for you as well as liaising with your mortgage lender to obtain consent for the transfer (if necessary) and completing all the legal documentation on your behalf.
If you are over 55 and require extra money to spend on day-to-day household expenses or care but are reluctant to sell and move out of your home, we can help you obtain an equity release to release money tied up in your property.
Our advice covers both lifetime mortgages and home reversions and we can provide extensive guidance of what type of equity release is right for you as well as handling the entire process on your behalf, so you can rest assured that your future is safe and secure.
Why choose Bennett Griffin’s residential property lawyers?
At Bennett Griffin, we keep the individual needs of our clients at the centre of everything we do. We’ve established a strong local presence within our local community and are proud of being able to use our professional expertise to help people in their time of need.
Buying a house is likely to be the biggest purchase you ever make. Our goal is to minimise any potential for stress by providing clear advice, acting quickly without delay, and keeping you informed every step of the way.
Bennett Griffin is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
We firmly believe in costs transparency as an essential component of quality legal services. Wherever possible, we quote fixed fees for our conveyancing services so you have a clear idea of how much your residential property transaction will cost from the outset.
As your case progresses, you are also likely to encounter third party costs (called disbursements). We will always aim to make you aware of any disbursements you are likely to encounter before the cost is incurred, allowing you to stay fully in control of your legal fees.
For further information, please take a look at our conveyancing fees information page.
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