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Thursday, August 22nd 2019 Property Boutique > The Buying Process

The Buying Process

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Our experienced lettings negotiators need as much information as possible about the type of property you are looking for and are experts in helping you find your ideal property. You can either:

The search begins

With a clear understanding of your requirements we will access all properties that match your criteria. Property details can usually be printed from this website or posted to you. When you have registered with our office, you will start receiving the latest property information to the email or postal address of your choice. In order to secure a property, we recommend an early viewing.

Mortgage

It is advisable to get a mortgage agreed in principle as early as possible, as this will speed up your mortgage application. Our recommended broker, Strategic Financial Solutions, has access to every mortgage on the market and, unlike most brokers, they won't charge you 1% commission. Their advice is completely free.

Viewings

Viewings can be conducted by appointment between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 2pm on Saturdays.

Making an offer

Once you've found a suitable property, we'll put your offer forward to the seller, both verbally and writing. Any offer is subject to a contract being signed. There are no legal obligations on either side until the contract is signed.

Legal

A solicitor will be required to handle the legal paperwork involved (conveyance). It is preferable to use a solicitor who knows the area that you're moving to and specialises in conveyancing.

Sale agreed

Once your offer is accepted, you will need to instruct your solicitor to proceed immediately. At this stage always ensure that exchange and completion dates are agreed. This is also the time to instruct your mortgage broker to proceed with your mortgage application and make arrangements for a survey.

Draft Contract

This is drawn up by the seller's solicitor and sent to your solicitor, who will raise some preliminary enquiries and make a Land Registry search.

Local Authority Search

Your solicitor will submit a local authority search to the local borough council. This will reveal, for example, planning consents granted for the property and any local issues.

Survey

A survey is carried out on the property by a surveyor on behalf of the mortgage lender to identify any structural problems and advise on the property's value.

Contract approval

Once results of the local search and answers to the preliminary enquiries are received, the draft contract is approved by your solicitor providing there are no further enquiries.

Formal mortgage offer

This document will be sent to your solicitor for you to sign. Once signed and returned your mortgage is in place and you are ready to exchange contracts.

Exchange of contracts

The contract is signed by you and the seller. The deposit (usually 10% of the purchase price) is telegraphically transferred or paid by the buyer's solicitor in the form of a banker's draft. The completion date is set.

Completion

This is generally set a few days to a few weeks after exchange of contracts, depending on each parties' personal requirements. Residual monies (usually 90%) are now transferred from your solicitor to the seller's solicitor's account.

Congratulations, you are now the legal owner of your new home!

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