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Selling - The Process

How long will it take?

The time from you acceptance of the offer to the date you hand over the keys 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 your own circumstances
  • We carry out the necessary identification checks
  • We send you various questionnaires about the property and we collate all the information we expect the buyer to request
  • Flats and leasehold houses – we obtain standard information from the Landlord or Management Company about the management; maintenance and additional costs. Cbtaining this early in the transaction helps avoid delays later
  • We obtain a redemption figure from your mortgage lender (if any) to work out the net proceeds expected
  • We prepare the sale contract and send to the buyer’s conveyancer
  • We deal with any enquiries raised by the buyer’s conveyancer; answering from our own knowledge where possible and liaising with you where we need your input
  • Where necessary, we obtain further planning documentation or copies of deeds
  • We communicate regularly with the buyer’s conveyancer to check on their progress and ensure both parties are working towards the same timescale
  • We arrange signature of the documents
  • We ensure the completion date (i.e. date when you hand over the keys and receive the sale price) 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 complete the sale
  • We repay your mortgage lender and settle the estate agent’s bill
  • We deduct our legal fees and transfer the balance to your account
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