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.
We are purchasing in Broxbourne, do we need searches?
These searches are a set of enquiries undertaken on your behalf, and only relate to legal considerations.
Will your conveyancing solicitor in Broxbourne do any property on the Hertfordshire Victorian mid terrace house we are buying?
Standard procedure is to obtain Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environmental and, depending on certain criteria, area-specific searches for example Land Charges Search (K15).
What’s the difference between residential and commercial conveyancing?
In essence, there is very little difference between the tasks needed for residential conveyancing against commercial conveyancing. The real difference comes in the type of property and the purpose for which it is intended to be used.
The majority of residential transactions are freehold, whereas commercial transactions are almost exclusively leasehold, and commercial property conveyancing searches will tend to be more expensive because the structure and land will occupy a greater space on average than that for residential property.
Doing your own conveyancing without the help of a Broxbourne conveyancing solicitor looks to be possible as a buyer and seller of a maisonette. Would it be viable ?
Technically speaking there is no reason at all why a seller should not carry out the legal work yourself. The truth is however that a Broxbourne lawyer is in charge of a huge number of exercises including approving enquiries on searches or interpreting planning contraventions many of which really need a skilled professional.
Do you need to get a chancel search? I am purchasing a Broxbourne maisonette on the same road as parish grounds.
The judgement in Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank confirmed that chancel repair liability could be enforced. A number of sources are used to identify liability, including local maps. Broxbourne church lands include St Augustine's Church.
For our lender, we have chosen Santander, is there anything I need to be aware of?
When buying with a mortgage, legal work must be undertaken in relation to the mortgage. In some cases, lenders have limited the firms who can act for them. This can mean greater legal costs for purchasers. We, however, are able to act on behalf of the majority of UK mortgage lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum.