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Buying - The Process

How long will it take?

The time from acceptance of your offer to the date you can move in depends on a number of factors. The average process takes between 10 and 12 weeks but it can be quicker or slower depending on the number of parties in the chain and their circumstances: e.g. whether all parties have a mortgage approved in principle; the time taken for them to obtain information for local authorities or management companies.

The process and how we help you

(Please note: the steps and order in which the following happen can vary in each purchase):

  • We take your detailed instructions and advise according to you own circumstances
  • We receive and review the contract documents
  • We submit searches
  • We review the search results and advise you on them
  • We obtain further planning documentation if required
  • We make any necessary enquiries of the seller’s solicitor
  • Flats and leasehold houses – we obtain information from the Landlord or Management Company about the management; maintenance and additional costs
  • Flats and leasehold houses – we prepare any additional deeds to be signed by you and the Landlord  
  • We advise you on all the documentation and information received
  • We go through any mortgage documentation with you
  • We arrange signature of the documents
  • We ensure the completion date (i.e. date when you get the keys) is agreed
  • We exchange contracts on your behalf: this is the stage at which the agreement becomes legally binding on both you and the seller
  • We report to any mortgage lender
  • We arrange for all money to be received from the mortgage lender and you
  • We complete the purchase
  • We submit your Stamp Duty return and arrange payment
  • Flats and leasehold houses – Inform the Landlord or Management Company of the change of ownership
  • We deal with the registration of your ownership at HM Land Registry
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