Harrogate Conveyancing Solicitors
Buying or selling a property is often said to be one of the most stressful events we face. Here at Lupton Fawcett, our qualified Conveyancing Solicitors in Harrogate have the expertise and local knowledge to ensure that, for our clients, it isn’t.
Whether you are looking to take that first step onto the property ladder, need some extra space for a growing family or are looking at residential property development opportunities, it is important that you have an expert with local knowledge working on your behalf.
As you’d expect from one of Yorkshire’s leading law firms, Lupton Fawcett’ conveyancing expertise is recognised by the Law Society, with accreditation to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme. We have also been awarded LEXCEL accreditation, the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for client care, compliance and practice management
We are confident that our experience, client-focused approach and deep knowledge of the Harrogate property market will ensure that your property transaction goes smoothly and concludes swiftly. We pride ourselves on our approachability, expertise and our unrivalled levels of client care.
The first step on the road to securing your desired property is to contact one of our helpful Conveyancing Solicitors in Harrogate. From there we will advise and support you through the entire conveyancing process until the transaction is complete, whilst you enjoy the benefits of our transparent pricing policy.
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Why Choose Lupton Fawcett’s Harrogate Conveyancing Solicitors?
At Lupton Fawcett, our team of expert Conveyancing Solicitors have the experience and knowledge to be able to support you with any aspect of residential property. We appreciate that in a property market as competitive as Harrogate’s, reliability, attention to detail and prompt support are integral to the successful completion of any form of residential property transaction, so you can rely on us to drive the process forward on your behalf. We also understand the levels of service you expect us to deliver, so we make it our mission to not only meet these expectations but to exceed them.
With over 100 years of experience helping people with all types of property matters, Lupton Fawcett is able to provide expert legal advice on:
- Property auctions
- Transferring equity and ownership
- Commercial property conveyancing
- Buying the freehold of your leasehold property
- Right to buy
- Shared ownership
- Land sales
Our Conveyancing Solicitors in Harrogate act regularly for clients across Harrogate including Pannal, Killinghall, Knaresborough, Ripley, Scotton, Follifoot, Birstwith, Brearton, Burton Leonard, Bishop Monkton, Darley, and Pateley Bridge.
As a nationally recognised full-service law firm, Lupton Fawcett can support your needs wherever you live in England, Wales & Northern Ireland.
To discuss your requirements, get in touch today by calling the number at the top of the screen, or complete the enquiry form on this page and we will always respond promptly and will always be happy to help.
Our Conveyancing Promise
When looking to secure your desired property in such a sought after location as Harrogate, the support of a highly proficient conveyancing solicitor can be the determining factor in making sure your transaction completes successfully.
At Lupton Fawcett, our in-depth knowledge of the Harrogate property market, allied to our recognised conveyancing expertise, allows us to deliver a genuinely tailored service. As part of that service, we will keep you informed at all times, will respond promptly to any queries or questions you may have and will ensure you are provided with the information and advice you need to make swift, accurate decisions.
Although the conveyancing process may seem complex to those who navigate it on an infrequent basis, it is something that we deal with every day and are here to make the process as painless and stress-free for clients as possible.
We have the knowledge and experience to bring your transaction to a timely conclusion, employing our considerable expertise to help resolve any issues that may arise throughout the process. We appreciate that finding the right house, the ideal plot of land or the perfect renovation project can often take a considerable amount of time and sometimes involves a level of emotional investment, so we’ll do everything we can to ensure the paperwork goes through in the optimal time frame, securing you the full title and protecting all your legal rights. All the while, exceeding your expectations in terms of service levels.
Our professional conveyancing service includes:
- Direct contact with a qualified conveyancing solicitor
- Transparent pricing structure
- Speedy transaction times
- Reliability and trustworthiness
Conveyancing for Property Sales in Harrogate
If you are intending to sell your house, it is understandable that you’ll be looking to achieve the best possible price for the property. Equally understandable is the buyer’s desire to try and negotiate on price, often leveraging unexplained problems with the title deeds, historic planning issues, building irregularities, or other anomalies to try to justify a lower offer.
To protect yourself against such a scenario and to put yourself in the strongest possible position to achieve the optimum selling price, it is advisable to ensure you have got all the appropriate paperwork in place before putting your property on the market.
This is where taking advantage of Lupton Fawcett’s Quickstep Service can be beneficial.
Our experienced and highly qualified Harrogate Conveyancing Solicitors will prepare for you a comprehensive report detailing potential issues any prospective purchaser is likely to raise. The document will include a full title report and advice on how to address any issues which may limit the saleability of your property or restrict your ability to achieve your desired selling price.
Lupton Fawcett’s Quickstep will help you to discover, for example:
- Whether any title or other important documents are missing
- Anything in the title that might restrict the ability of a purchaser to obtain mortgage funding
- Issues with planning permissions, building regulations consents
- Whether any pre-existing covenants have been breached
What does Lupton Fawcett’s Quickstep cost?
If you instruct Lupton Fawcett to act for you in the sale of your property, and you complete within 9 months of the date of the report, we will prepare the Quickstep report at no charge. If either of these criteria is not met, our charge of £150.00 (plus VAT) will be payable.
To request a Quickstep Report for property sales, please fill out this simple questionnaire. We will review the information and will be in touch to discuss how to take the matter forward.
Residential Property Conveyancing in Harrogate
The term ‘conveyancing’ refers to the legal and administrative process of transferring the ownership of a property or land from one owner to another. There are two key stages to the conveyancing process. The initial stage is called ‘exchange’, where all the terms of the deal being agreed are fixed and the second is known as ‘completion’, where transferring the title takes place.
Over the years the conveyancing process has become gradually more complicated, requiring the seller to provide more and more detailed information about the property, including numerous questionnaires about matters such as energy performance ratings, energy providers, sewers, insulation, and more.
Already a complex area of law, the increasing number of checks and the requirement for ever more detailed information has made the conveyancing process more robust but also more challenging, meaning the need for expert advice from a professional conveyancer has never been more important.
Our Harrogate Conveyancing Solicitors have the expertise and experience to help make sure everything runs as efficiently as possible whilst ensuring your interests are protected at all times. We aim to minimise the potential for delays, communicate fully and frequently, and provide practical solutions to any challenges that may arise.
How long does conveyancing take?
As the number of checks and the requirement for ever more detailed property information has increased, so has the time taken for the completion of the conveyancing process.
In general, the sale/purchase of a residential property will normally take anything from 8-10 weeks. It can take less time than this but it can also take longer, it depends on the parties involved in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer purchasing an already built new-build property as your first home with a mortgage in principle, it could take less time because there is no chain.
Conversely, if you are purchasing a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, anything between 3 and 6 months. Due to the increased levels of work involved in such a transaction, additional charges would apply.
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The Harrogate Property Market
Set in the spectacular countryside of North Yorkshire, and with its elegant tree-lined streets, imposing period properties, and blend of acclaimed independent shops and high-end brands, Harrogate is one of the country’s most sought after places to call home.
Part of Yorkshire’s ‘Golden Triangle’, a property hotspot whose unofficial borders take in north Leeds, York and Harrogate, the town has long been popular with commuters working in Leeds, York, Bradford and even London. With many properties in Harrogate and the surrounding villages valued at more than £1 million, it is considered to be the most expensive place to live in the North of England.
Despite property prices often hitting seven-figures, residents evidently don’t begrudge paying such prices, being voted the ‘happiest place to live’ in Britain for three years running between 2013-2015.
Built on the purported medical benefits of the town’s iron-rich spa waters, much like Bath, the 17th and 18th century saw a significant influx of wealthy visitors moving to the area, contributing greatly to the town’s prosperity and growth, and giving rise to much of the town’s impressive architecture, a feature that attracts both house buyers and tourists alike.
Whether you are in the market for one of the many exclusive properties currently listed at over £1million, are considering something a little more modest or are looking to purchase of a plot of land or commercial property, talk to one of Lupton Fawcett’s expert property solicitors for reliable, clear advice on what your next steps should be.
Harrogate employment & economy
Harrogate already enjoys a strong and varied economy and boasts a number of important economic strengths including a long history of successful business start-ups, a thriving tourist industry and a strong, rapidly growing rural economy. It is also home to the UK’s third largest fully integrated conference and exhibition centre, attracting nearly 400,000 business visitors to the town each year, generating over £150 million for the local economy.
With strong employment opportunities across the region, Harrogate enjoys impressively low unemployment rates of 2.7%, compared to the national average of 4.6%.
The good news is that Harrogate Borough Council have no intention of being complacent and have an ambitious Economic Growth Strategy for 2017-2035, focused on increasing the number of higher value jobs, increasing the gross value added (GVA) and boosting the region’s average workplace wages.
Their interventions will be primarily focused on the development of four key sectors.
- Creative and Digital
- Financial and Professional Services
- Scientific Research and Development
As well as the employment opportunities to be found locally, Harrogate is the perfect location for anyone who works in Leeds, York and Bradford but wants to make their home in beautiful North Yorkshire. Harrogate also enjoys good access to the A1(M), making it the ideal option for those whose work involves travel around the UK and it also benefits from daily direct trains to London Kings Cross.
Education in Harrogate
Harrogate benefits from excellent state and private schools and is within a reasonable distance of Leeds and York, both of which are home to one or more excellent Universities.
Based on ‘The Schools Guide’ rating of secondary schools in Harrogate, three of the top-rated state schools in Harrogate are St John Fisher Catholic High School, St Aidan’s Church of England High School and Harrogate Grammar School. The Schools Guide assesses schools based on several types of key performance data including exam results, Ofsted reports and student to teacher ratios.
Each of the schools mentioned above attained an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted and each has an HG2 postcode. Houses located in HG2 postcodes had an overall average price of £429,841 over the last twelve months.
Similarly, the three best-rated primary schools in Harrogate are Western Primary School, Meadowside Academy and Aspin Park Academy, each receiving an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating.
Western Primary School, like the three secondary schools, has an HG2 postcode, the other two have HG5 postcodes, where properties had an overall average price of £378,178 over the last year.
Harrogate is well served by the rail network, with four railway stations positioned on the Harrogate line. Harrogate railway station is conveniently located in the centre of town, with Hornbeam and Pannal stations situated to the south and Starbeck found to the east.
There are regular services to Leeds, York and Knaresborough, as well as 6 daily services to and from London King’s Cross on Monday to Saturday.
Not only is Harrogate well connected via the rail network, but it is also just 9 miles away from the A1(M), enabling access to the national motorway network and meaning that places like Leeds, York, Manchester, Lancaster, Sheffield and Preston are all well within 2 hours drive, making it ideal for residents, visitors and businesses alike.
The nearest airport for international flights is Leeds Bradford Airport, with Manchester Airport a further hour’s drive down the M62.
Shopping in Harrogate
Harrogate is renowned for its eclectic range of shops, featuring a wide selection of stylish independent boutiques, high-end brand stores and many of the high-street names you know and love.
For luxury goods and designer fashion, the Montpellier Quarter offers a selection of over 50 exclusive independent shops showcasing everything from men’s and ladies fashion, high-end jewellery, interior design and antiques. As well as the varied selection of stylish stores, Montpellier is also home to a number of galleries, health & beauty salons, stylish bars, award-winning restaurants and Farrah’s famous toffee and foods emporium.
For those looking for high-street names, the Victoria Shopping Centre offers all your favourite brands under one roof.
The surrounding towns and villages also have a lot to offer, with the picturesque market squares of Knaresborough, Ripon and Masham showcasing some of the region’s very best local produce.
The great outdoors
Situated between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Harrogate is surrounded by some of Britain’s most stunning scenery and is home to some of the best hiking and biking trails in the country.
As well as offering superb access to the region’s national parks, Harrogate is also under an hour’s drive from Nidderdale, the Forest of Bowland and the Howardian Hills, each of which is designated as a nature reserve and an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Other interesting attractions and days out include Brimham Rocks, Ripley Castle and Gardens, the Llama trekking at Nidderdale and the exceptional gardens and woodlands found at RHS Garden Harlow Carr.
So, whether you’re after a leisurely stroll through some spectacular scenery, enjoy exploring thoughtfully designed gardens or are an adrenaline junkie seeking something a little more energetic, North Yorkshire has something to suit.
Local house price trends in Harrogate
According to Rightmove estimates, the average price for property in Harrogate in May 2021 was £364,441, which represents an increase of 5% on the previous year’s figure and an 8% on the 2017 peak of £337,180.
In terms of property types, the majority of sales during the last 12 months have been semi-detached homes, selling for an average price of just over £323,000. Detached houses unsurprisingly achieved the highest average selling price at £598,757, whilst terraced properties fetched an average of just under £266,000.
Whilst average house prices give you an indication of how expensive an area is, they don’t paint a picture of the possible variation in property prices within an area. For instance, house prices on Fulwith Mill Lane (HG2 postcode), just south of Harrogate, average out at £2.2 million, whereas the overall average price for detached properties in HG2 postcodes is under £670,000.
The most sought after areas in central Harrogate include the Duchy Estate area with its grand Victorian Villas and exclusive detached properties, the townhouses and apartments overlooking The Stray on Beech Grove and York Place, as well as the large Victorian properties found on Kings Road and the Victorian Villas of Valley Drive.
With exclusive properties in Harrogate in such high demand, the surrounding villages offer a viable and still highly desirable alternative to families looking to move to the area, with places like Starbeck, Pannal, Burn Bridge, Bilton, Pannal Ash, Beckwithshaw and Harlow Hill becoming ever more popular. The county’s most expensive street, Fulwith Mill Lane, can be found in Rossett Green, in Harrogate’s southern suburbs
Contact our specialist Harrogate Conveyancing Solicitors
We have over 100 years of experience helping people with the sale or purchase of their home, 2nd properties or buy-to-let investments across Harrogate and North Yorkshire.
At Lupton Fawcett, our specialist Conveyancing Solicitors are on hand to help with any aspect of residential property to ensure you get the desired outcome as quickly as possible. We understand the importance of reliability, attention to detail and prompt support when it comes to any form of residential property transaction, so you can rely on us to drive the process forward on your behalf.
Call today or complete the enquiry form and we will get back in touch with you quickly. We will always respond promptly, and we will be happy to help.
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