Conveyancing by Communication
If you’re moving home or own a specific property portfolio, our property solicitors and conveyancing team are as safe as houses. With FIXED FEES and a NO SALE, NO FEE policy, we provide Conveyancing by Communication.
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Property Sales and Purchases
Selling or buying a property and moving home can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, that is why we are dedicated to making it as stress free as possible. We do that by communicating with you and by making the legalities of the process understandable, informative and cost effective.
Communication is the key to our success and we do that from the moment you instruct us through to completion and beyond.
If you are selling or buying a home privately or through an estate agent, we can offer expert legal advice for any challenge you may face. We also pride ourselves with good relationships with local estate agents, mortgage brokers and businesses involved in property sales and purchases so that there is even less for you to worry about!
Why use BTMK:
– Fixed fee conveyancing – no hidden costs
– No sale – no fee
– Online portal to review your case progress at any time
– Fast, efficient and highly professional conveyancing service
– 2 conveyancing offices within Essex, based in Southend-on-Sea and Leigh-on-Sea
– One client one lawyer
– Competitive fixed conveyancing fees with no sale, no fee.
– Expert legal advice to the buy to let sector
– Leasehold Specialists
– Online Conveyancing case tracking and automatic case updates
– Private Client Service
Remortgages & Transfer of Equity
If you are looking to reduce your monthly mortgage payments and/or raise money for another project, such as an extension you need not look further. The remortgaging of property is often associated with what the legal world refer to as a transfer of equity. This is where the legal ownership of a property changes hands but at least one of the original owners remains on the title. For example, where Mr and Mrs Clark transfer the property to just Mrs Clark. Not only could any one of the members of our team guide you through these processes we have established a specialist and dedicated team, led by Chris Maddison, who deal exclusively with such transactions.
Help-To-Buy & Shared Ownership
The Help To Buy scheme is a government initiative which first began in April 2013 as a way to help people get on the property ladder, being especially useful for first time buyers who otherwise may not have been able to afford to buy a home. The scheme assists people buying a new build property from a registered developer for a purchase price of up to £600,000. Although this is a fairly new process, we have ensured that we are just as professional and knowledgeable when it comes to help to buy as we are with all other areas of conveyancing.
If a relationship breaks down, the family home is usually at the centre of the discussions around financial settlement. We have much sympathetic experience in advising on such matters. Working hand in hand with our family legal team, our outcome is to provide a swift and cost effective service which will completely satisfy your needs. When the property has been sold and the proceeds divided, transferred to one partner in exchange for a lump sum payment or if an interest is being retained, your adviser will run through all the options available to you and deal with all of the documentation on everyone’s behalf.
Lease Creation & Variation
Whether you’re an established professional landlord, new to the process or a leaseholder requiring a new lease, extension, enfranchisement, variation or correction our lease expert, Chris Maddison, runs a highly efficient team who will be able to assist you with the ‘lease minefield’. We are able to assist the landlord creating a new lease or the leaseholder who is being granted the new leases, ensuring that all the required matters and issues are protected. Lease extensions are particularly common currently and the demand for the same is ever growing. It is often necessary to begin the statutory procedure to extend an existing lease, based on at least two years of ownership, whilst in practice the majority of lease extensions are established by consent. We provide a fixed fee service for all lease matters, please contact us for a non-obligation quote.
Need help with a Leasehold Enfranchisement? We are the best for assisting with ground rents, service charges and admin charges. Does your property have a short lease? We can help leaseholders who wish to:
- Draft new leases for when you are acquiring new commercial premises for the first time or expanding, or if you are letting your own commercial premises.
- Extend their lease
- “Buy out” the freeholder
- Replace the managing agents
If the remaining term of your lease is 80 years or less, you will need to consider your options. You can obtain a lease extension, individually or you and your neighbours may be able to buy the freehold collectively.
When buying to let the purchase process is similar to an “ordinary” residential property purchase although there are additional considerations and certain pitfalls to avoid. For example if you are looking to let a leasehold property your solicitor will need to ensure that the lease permits you to let the property and if you are buying with the aid of a mortgage your lender is aware and consents to the transaction. There are also certain tax implications as Income Tax must be paid on the rent, Stamp Duty Land Tax on the completion of the purchase and Capital Gains Tax when you eventually sell. We have links with specialist buy to let brokers and any member of our team will be able to help you with the intricacies of such transactions and to avoid those pitfalls.
Although most firms would include the purchase of a new build property under the general heading “Purchase” we believe that the nuances surrounding new builds justify a specialist department. It is often the case with new builds that Buyers are expected to exchange contracts during the course of construction of the property or indeed “off plan” and within a very tight timeframe and therefore it is imperative that your representative has a detailed knowledge of such contracts and the provisions that should be contained within them. Matthew Clark and his team has such knowledge and experience and by working closely with the help to buy team we can offer any Buyer the service support and communication they require.
Right of Light
Are you planning a new development, for example a housing estate or a block of flats? Or perhaps an extension to existing property? Do you own a property near to other property or land which is being developed? Then you should be aware of ‘rights of light’
What is a legal Right of Light? If a window in your home or commercial premises has existed for more than 19 years and 1 day then you will probably have acquired a ‘legal right of light’ through that window. If your neighbour builds a structure which affects the light through that window, you may be able to either prevent that structure from being built or claim damages from your neighbour for the ‘injury.’
If you want to develop your property you will need to investigate whether any neighbouring windows have acquired this legal right of light over your land.
If legal rights of light exist:
And your build will affect your neighbour’s light – your neighbour might be entitled to an injunction to prevent you from building, or you may have to pay them compensation for their loss of light.
If a nearby development affects the light to your property – you may be entitled to either prevent the build or receive compensation in return for the injury to your light.
We work closely with specialist Right of Light Surveyors, who will work with us to achieve the right outcome for you. That could be an appraisal of any financial exposure you may have or the likelihood of you obtaining damages.
The Conveyancing Process
Are you buying or selling a property? Maybe considering equity transfer or deed of gift?
If you are:
- Confused by the legalities of the process
- Concerned that the legalities will take longer, or cost more than you wish…
… then please don’t be.
Whether you’re a first time buyer or a landlord with an expanding property portfolio, the Marcus Baum team is dedicated to making your transaction understandable, informative and cost effective. We are all about clarity of communication, from the moment you instruct us through to completion and beyond. That’s why BTMK Marcus Baum has put into place an easy step by step process for every conveyancing outcome.
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“Just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for all the work on both the sale and purchase for us.
We felt you provided an excellent service and very much appreciated the regular communications and updates. We had a far better experience this time around compared to our previous purchase. We will definitively consider using you again for any future conveyancing and would be happy to recommend you to friends/family.”
– Oliver & Angela Taghizadeh, Rayleigh
“May I thank you for all your hard work & patience dealing with the sale & purchase of my property. Please pass my thanks on to the rest of the team, they are a credit.“
– Mrs. K, Shoeburyness
“An incredibly professional, reliable, good-natured service during a particularly stressful house-buying process. Importantly, key information was conveyed to me in a comprehensive way, and my hundreds of questions were always answered quickly. I had full confidence throughout and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Chris Maddison to friends.“
– Mrs. F, Rayleigh
“Thank you all for the hard work involved in my flat purchase, especially to Emily G, who was very professional and thorough. “
– Ms. E, Canewdon
“Marcus Baum have recently helped me with my first property purchase. They have been excellent and made the process very straightforward! I would recommend them to all.“
– Mr. S, Benfleet
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– Mrs. R, Thundersley
“The services provided by Marcus Baum Solicitors were excellent. Specifically, Chris Maddison & Emily Gowers, who were both impeccable and of a very high professional standard throughout. They were both an invaluable source of knowledge and information, always willing and available to take our calls & emails and provide advice on the best options to take in resolving our issues.“
– Mr. P, Hawkwell
“We have used Marcus Baum for our last 4 house purchases and always receive excellent service.“
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