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.
When do we need to get a conveyancer in Brentwood?
If you choose a solicitor with 'no move, no fee' protection, the earlier, the better, as there are a number of tasks which may be carried out immediately. Early instruction of a solicitor to act on your Brentwood sale or purchase can reduce the likelihood of the transaction stalling.
Does my Brentwood conveyancing solicitor carry out any property on the Essex forties semi-detached property I am intending to purchase?
Normal procedure will be to obtain Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environment Search as well as any less common searches for instance Official Search of Whole or Part without Priority (OS3).
Will we need a Homebuyer Report for this Brentwood property purchase?
It is highly recommended that all purchasers in Brentwood arrange a surveyor. Buyers should be aware that there are a range of defects that can affect a property. These can include cracked roof tiles and insect infestation. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.
Might the conveyancing fees in Brentwood conceal any additional charges?
Our solicitors will never charge any additional charges to buy or sell a home in Brentwood. Some websites offer unrealistically low 'quotes' which are in fact estimates. The final bill you receive may be much more.
What is the council tax on a period detached Band A house in Brentwood?
You should be told about your property's council tax band as part of the report on title.
Correct charges for Brentwood are set out in detail at the Brentwood council site. Currently, 02 September 2012, rates are:
- Band A - £979.00
- Band B - £1,142.00
- Band C - £1,305.00
- Band D - £1,468.00
- Band E - £1,794.00
- Band F - £2,121.00
- Band G - £2,447.00
- Band H - £2,936.00
Which lenders in Brentwood do you work with?
Of lenders with branches in Brentwood, Homeward Legal work with the majority. Lenders and mortgage specialists in Brentwood include Mortgage Business, 14 St. Thomas Rd, Brentwood, CM14 4DB, Linden Rooke, 105 High St, Brentwood, CM14 4RR, and JMS Financial Services, Mainard/Alexander La, Shenfield, Brentwood, CM15 8QE.
I am purchasing a £73000 Brentwood home. How is SDLT assessed?
The Stamp Duty you must pay depends on the valuation. On a £73000 residential property, stamp duty will be £0.