Do I have to be present at viewings?
No, you don’t. It used to be the case that estate agencies were happy to leave the homeowner to show prospective buyers around. However, this has now been dispensed with because they won’t necessarily have the property skills and experience of dealing with and selling to a buyer. Therefore, the preference is usually that you should not be present in the home at all, although this can obviously be difficult with infirmity, working from home, and childcare.
The best option is to discuss this with the estate agent when you appoint them, so that you are aware of their expectations for each viewing, and they will be able to work around you if you have to be present in the home. Whether you are present or not, you should still take care not to be too messy and tidy up as much as possible prior to the viewing appointment, so that good impressions are maintained.
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Sudden financial circumstances dictate that we must to get our skates on and exchange on the sale of our renovated apartment very quickly, do Homeward Legal have any extra fast Benfleet solicitors ?
Homeward Legal has a highly active modus operandi to finishing the conveyancing process for clients as fast as possible.
Homeward Legals CQS solicitors approach is to use new case management systems . Importantly , we provide you with a firm incentivised to communicate through all parts of the chain .
Our estate agent in Benfleet has offered the conveyancing. Is it risky to use them?
Many agents will have referral deals with solicitors where they refer clients. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, some agents may 'recommend' whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the best solicitor for your needs.
To complete on our purchase ASAP, how do we ensure a fast conveyancing process?
Experienced buyers will tell you that a fast conveyancing transaction is key is to employing a experienced conveyancer. Consider the following:
- Are phone, fax and email their preferred methods of contact
- Do they offer 'instant' online quotes?
- Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?
What does a Benfleet property lawyer do if the home is located in a local authority conservation area and has unseemly windows added?
Castle Point local authority searches conducted by a solicitor will find out if the property is inside a designated conservation area proof of planning consent for alterations will be supplied.
Why is it silly to buy a leasehold with less than 99 years to run?
In large part, if a leasehold drops below 90 years, it’s because mortgage companies will not be willing to lend money to purchase the leasehold. They will almost certainly have a stipulation on the length of the leasehold as part of their criteria for lending.
Most buyers are very aware of this and the trend is for an insistence of the sellers to provide an extension back up to the 99-year or 125-year thresholds before considering its purchase. Otherwise, even if you can finance it, eventually you’ll have to consider the legal cost of extending the lease yourself.
How do I ascertain if the conservation area we are buying in is neglected?
Conservation areas in Benfleet are designated by the local Castle Point planning authority, who manage conservation area concerns from including things like traffic signs, satellite dishes and trees. Following a campaign, English Heritage have conducted a survey and created records of the state of repair of conservation areas.