Whether you are an experienced portfolio property investor or a first time buyer, we will guide you through the purchasing process from start to finish, to ensure that your purchase runs as smoothly as possible. We understand the importance of being kept up to date and will update you regularly throughout the process.
We work closely with local, reputable mortgage advisors and would be happy to assist in finding the right mortgage for your purchase.
Please see below for our full guide to purchasing a property.
If you have a property to sell, the first step you should take is to put it up for sale.
if you see a house you want to buy you may not be able to buy it without the money from your own house. Also, many estate agents consider you a “non-proceedable” buyer – which means, you are a potential buyer but you can’t actually proceed because you need to sell your own house first. So, if there is another buyer who is “proceedable” they may well see the house of your dreams and buy it first!
On top of the cost of the house itself, there are many other one-off expenses involved in buying a home and moving.
These costs include:
Getting a mortgage and buying a house are usually very much intertwined.
When you find a house, you’ll probably have to move fast to secure it. To prevent being delayed while sorting out a mortgage we highly recommend you first get a “Mortgage In Principle” agreed. Having this in place means you should be able get the actual mortgage quicker when the race to buy your chosen home begins. You can get this offer in writing to show to Estate Agents and sellers – who will then see you as a serious prospect and not a timewaster.
A ‘Mortgage In Principle’ is a conditional offer made by a mortgage lender that – provided the information you give them is correct – they will “in principle” give you the loan you have discussed with them. Knowing what you can afford will also help you narrow your search and give you a considerable degree of confidence.
For Assistance with your mortgage or conveyancing, please contact us or call us on 01287 221464
Once you have worked out how much you can afford the next stage is to start looking for a property.
To find your ideal property, we need to know as much as possible about your requirements. You can register with us either by phone or by visiting our offices, where one of our consultants can assist you with your search.
Once we have a clear understanding of your requirements, we will access all properties that match your criteria. When you have registered, details of suitable properties can be sent to you by SMS, email or in the post – depending on your preferences.
Plan about what exactly you will be looking for in your new home. You may well have to make some compromises in the house you buy so decide now what your “MUST HAVES” and “NICE TO HAVES” are. For instance: is an ensuite bathroom a MUST HAVE or a NICE TO HAVE?
We usually conduct all property viewings as the Vendor may not always be present. Sometimes, a vendor gives us specific times for viewings, although we do ask them to be as flexible as possible.
After the viewing we will answer any immediate questions and will contact you the next day for your thoughts and general feedback.
As soon as you’ve found a suitable property, we’ll put your offer to the seller, verbally and in writing. We always aim to communicate your offer on the same day. The offer will be subject to a contract being signed and there are no legal obligations on either side until this is done.
Sometimes there may be a process of price negotiation and by working with us, both vendor and buyer can benefit from the expertise of our consultants, who will work hard to facilitate an agreeable outcome that delivers the best result for all.
When your offer is accepted, the vendor’s solicitor/conveyancer will prepare a Contract of Sale. You will also need to appoint a solicitor/conveyancer to examine the contract, and raise any queries based on the title deeds and related property matters.
When your Solicitor has replies to their enquiries, a completed satisfactory local search, a copy of a mortgage offer, a signed contract and a deposit cheque, they can then proceed to Exchange of Contracts. A deposit cheque is normally required for 5-10% of the purchase value of the property.
We recommend that by this stage you confirm arrangements for moving day.
Contract completion can be on the date of exchange or can be anything up to 28 days later, depending on your requirements. On Completion your solicitor hands over the remainder of the purchase money to the vendor’s solicitor and you can then move into your new home. Keys will be handed over to you by us.
Please contact us for any further information, advice or help you may need to help you with buying your next home.