Solicitors for First-Time Buyers

Solicitors Who Specialise in Helping Liverpool First-Time Buyers

Buying a property is a major investment for first-time buyers, whatever their age, and experienced local legal advice can help the buyer complete the conveyancing process as quickly and professionally as possible - and with the minimum of fuss.

Conveyancing refers to the process of transferring the legal ownership of a property from the seller to the buyer. Various legal and administrative matters need to be addressed during the process, and the best path that a first-time buyer can take is to engage a reliable and experienced law firm to handle these often complicated steps and procedures early on, allowing the buyer freedom to focus on other important and stressful matters related to first-home ownership.

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A conveyancing solicitor can advise on all contractual matters related to the purchase of a property, and help see the sale process through to completion. Various local searches on the property, including with the Land Registry, will need to be carried out, and may be a requirement for a first-time buyer’s mortgage to be approved (a survey may also be required for the same purpose).

First-time buyers are exempted from stamp duty tax altogether if the purchase price of their property is under £425,000 and it will be their main residential home. This threshold was raised from £300,000 in September 2022. First-time buyers can also now claim stamp duty relief on properties valued up to £625,000, up from the previous £500,000 threshold. A first-time buyer may also be interested in and eligible for one of the Government’s Help to Buy schemes (see below), and this is another area that a specialist conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise on.

New: On 23rd September 2022, the government announced a permanent cut to stamp duty tax in England and Northern Ireland, effective immediately, with the threshold for paying SDLT rising from £125,000 to £250,000.
Arranging a mortgage is another prime concern for the majority of first-time buyers, and reliable legal advice can help a first-time buyer choose the right type of mortgage for them, and provide the information necessary for the application to be approved as swiftly and seamlessly as possible. A solicitor will also be able to advise on the different ownership models, including shared ownership, and tenancy arrangements available to first-time buyers, and how the financial side of things can best be organized to protect the various parties. This can also be important when a third-party such as a parent is making a financial contribution to the purchase and wishes to protect their investment.
The government offers a number of Help to Buy schemes to assist first-time buyers in Liverpool and the rest of the county with the purchase of their first home, including Help to Buy equity loans and Help to Buy ISAs. A Help to Buy equity loan means that a buyer will only need to find a 5% cash deposit on the price of a new-build home valued up to £600,000, with the government lending 20% of the purchase price, and the remaining 75% covered by the buyer’s mortgage. The equity loan is interest-free for the first five years, and must be repaid when the property is sold or the mortgage is paid off. In the meantime, the property must not be sublet, prohibiting buy-to-let landlords from exploiting the scheme.

First-time buyers looking to save up money for a mortgage deposit can also benefit from the government’s Help to Buy ISA scheme. The Help to Buy ISA is a savings account into which a prospective first-time buyer can deposit funds that the government will then top up by 25%. The maximum that the government will contribute to the account is £3,000, for which the buyer will need to save £12,000. Help to Buy ISAs are available to each individual first-time buyer, meaning that a couple buying their first home together could save up to £6,000 on the purchase price. Get in touch with our solicitors advising Liverpool first-time buyers to find out more about the various government Help to Buy schemes that first-time buyers can benefit from to help them take their first step on the property ladder.
The entire conveyancing process up to completion will take 8-12 weeks in normal circumstances. Using a local Liverpool based conveyancing solicitor can help speed matters up due to the latter’s knowledge of the local area and experience with similar transactions on behalf of first-time buyers. Our firm offers a transparent fixed fee structure for buying a property in Liverpool and Merseyside at competitive rates, and with no hidden costs. Get in touch with Louise Nelson and her team for a no obligation quotation today.

Why Choose Bartletts Solicitors?

Solid Traditional Values Delivered
in a Modern Convenient Manner

Our firm has years of experience helping first-time buyers in Liverpool and across Merseyside.

Law Society Accredited for Conveyancing Quality. Competitive fixed fees, no obligation free quotations and no hidden costs.

Your conveyance will be handled by Louise Nelson, a solicitor with over 40 years’ experience of helping first-time buyers purchase property in Liverpool.

Louise heads a friendly team of experienced conveyancers. Jenny Thomas, Louise Drewry and Lucy Baines have detailed knowledge of the files they work on, meaning when you call you will get prompt answers and updates.

Bartletts Solicitors was managed by John Bartlett for over 40 years, the last 25 of which he was assisted by Trevor Morris. Trevor is now the managing director, representing continuity for the firm’s traditional values and customer satisfaction ethos.

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Conveyancing Solicitor
Louise Nelson is a Liverpool conveyancing solicitor with over 40 years’ experience. Louise and her team will be happy to offer you a free no obligation quotation over the telephone, via e-mail, or at Marldon Chambers.

Conveyancing Solicitors

All conveyancing and property-related work is supervised by Louise, who has worked as a solicitor for over 40 years. Louise has spent her entire career at our firm. Bartletts has earned the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality accreditation, which is a difficult stamp of approval to obtain. Every property lawyer at the firm is examined and checked by the Law Society every year. Many firms fail to achieve this mark of quality.

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