Conveyancing In Brent Q & A's
Is it easy to sell a house without using an estate agent?
It’s relatively straightforward to sell your own home without involving an estate agent, although you should be warned that it’s a time-consuming process (which is why agents set a certain fee to pay for their time in getting your home sold).
First you need to get a proper valuation of your home, which can be done by paying a chartered surveyor and registered valuer, or you can research the house prices in the area for similar properties to get an idea of how they are selling.
Once you are happy with the price, you can advertise the property (there are several free sites that allow you to do this). Legally, you’re required to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for the property before putting it up for sale, so you’ll need to organize a registered energy assessor to create this for you. Then you can start arranging viewings and negotiate an agreed price with anyone who is interested.
We would recommend, however, that you sign up with an estate agent as they can do all the leg work for you. The key thing, though, is to understand their fees and rates before signing an agreement with them.
Do Homeward Legal administer the legal conveyancing of property auction properties in Brent?
Our company do frequently act for buyers and sellers at auction. Homeward Legal strongly suggest auction buyers to formally instruct a solicitor well in advance of the auction to allow enough time for a detailed investigation of the auction pack.
Post day of bidding your now prepared property conveyancing lawyer is thoroughly able to concentrate on finishing the transaction in 4 weeks as usually required .
Which local factors can impact land in Brent. Are they an issue?
Brent property is contaminated by numerous natural causes. Issues including sand or clay quarries or hazardous and regulated installations will be investigated during the conveyancing process.
Should I choose the property solicitor referred by our estate agent in Brent?
Both agents and mortgage brokers will usually endorse a solicitor. These referrals must be carefully considered, as it may be the case that the agent recommends the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.
Are there any lenders with Brent offices?
Most lenders in Brent are on our panels. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Brent include Fairfield Finance, 1 West St, Harrow, HA1 3ED, J D Associates, 60 Crummock Gdns, London, NW9 0DJ, and Platinum Group Ltd, Unit 111 Millennium Business Centre/Humber Trading Est/Humbe, London, NW2 6DW. Your solicitor should be able to provide more information.
Alliance and Leicester will be our lender, what do we need to consider?
Buyers should be aware that some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. Homeward Legal, fortunately, will act on behalf of the majority of CML-approved lenders.
What sort of enquiries in relation to the risk of flooding to properties in North West London will a Brent solicitor check out on an investment property I am hoping to buy?
A qualified conveyancer will carry out official environmental searches, which include Brent historical flood risk data. A substantially more specific flood risk search (most likely a Landmark Database search) could possibly be advised by a qualified property lawyer in Brent if in the event that the environmental search highlight a flood risk.
If I want to build an extension or do other works once I move in, can I get a builder to visit to give me a quote?
There is nothing stopping you trying to organise this, so long as you set a date and time that’s acceptable to the vendor (or via their estate agent if they are unable to be there) and try to establish how long the process will take, so that this can be booked in.
This becomes particularly critical following a surveyor’s inspection where remedial works are identified and recommended. You can use the quote from the builder as a renegotiation tool on the asking price, if the work required is going to be particularly costly. If you decide to go down this route, it must be done before exchange of contracts (where you’re committing to the sale price) and you should inform your solicitor if you’ve had private discussions and agreements with the vendor over price for inclusion in the terms of the contract.