Choosing a Property:
Once you know your financial budget it’s always good to have a “necessity” list and a “would like to have” list according to your budget. After all, once you buy the property you cannot ask for a refund. The lists may include old or new? How many bedrooms? Do you need a garage? Would you like a large garden?
Arrange a Viewing:
When you find a property that is within your budget and suits your requirements then give us a ring, email or use the “Request a Viewing” form on our website. We will arrange a viewing of the property for you and we will try to arrange it so that it fits with a suitable time with you. Vendors usually give us specific times for viewings although we do advise them to be flexible. We usually conduct all property viewings as the Vendor may not always be present.
Appoint a Solicitor:
You will need to have a solicitor in place to act for you as soon as you have found your ideal property. We strongly recommend that you use a solicitor that has extensive experience in carrying out transactions for the properties in the area you are buying in, the benefits are that the solicitor will be more familiar with the local property market.
Submit an Offer:
Once you have found a suitable property, submit your offer. This can be done verbally (over the phone or
An offer is not legally binding in England and Wales until contracts are exchanged. If a buyer makes an offer ‘subject to contract’, this means the price can still be negotiated (e.g. if a surveyor finds a problem with the property).
Survey and Valuation:
A surveyor will carry out a survey on the property on behalf of your mortgage lender. This will identify any structural problems and advise the property’s value.
Mortgage Offer and Exchange of Contracts:
The mortgage offer will be sent to your solicitor for your signature. Upon signing and returning, your mortgage is confirmed and you can exchange contracts on the property.
When the buyer and seller are happy with the contract, both sides sign final copies and send them to each other. Once this happens, the agreement to sell and buy is legally binding.
Once you exchange contracts and deal with any remaining checks the buyer has asked for:
> The money is transferred from the buyer to the seller.
> The legal documents needed to transfer ownership are handed over to the buyer.
> The seller moves out and leaves the property in the state agreed in the contract.
> The seller hands over the keys to the buyer.
> The property now belongs to the buyer.