Do you have good solicitors that deal with the legal conveyancing of auction properties in Rottingdean?
Our property solicitors frequently take instructions from auction buyers and sellers. We strongly recommend buyers to choose a fast conveyancing lawyer well in advance of the date of the auction to give enough time for a thorough investigation. Immediately following the actual auction, your property conveyancing lawyer will need to be able to concentrate on briskly carry out the auction conveyancing process in the 28 day time frame, a requirement of standard auction conditions.
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.
At what point do you need to find a solicitor in Rottingdean?
The short answer is, earlier is preferable. Early instruction of a solicitor for a sale allows relevant information can be sourced sooner (this is particularly true for leasehold properties), whereas if you are buying your offer may be taken more seriously if you already have a solicitor instructed.
Do I need to be concerned about gazumping?
This occurs when the first purchaser's offer is accepted but then rejected by the seller and then selecting a higher offer. There is almost always a danger of being gazumped. The first step in reducing the chance that gazumping will effect you is to instruct a solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.
Following recent news about the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began, I am apprehensive that environmental searches might not be sufficient?
A Rottingdean property lawyer will carry out environmental searches if the initial searches identifies any kind of Rottingdean flood risk.
You may be able to converse with a local resident to gain more confidence.
What do I get for my money from an estate agent?
A good estate agent will be able to bring their local knowledge into your transaction and reduce the amount of stress you might experience as part of the whole moving experience.
Although it might seem that agents do very little for their clients, they will help you set the sale price for your home by using their knowledge of similar properties, a large part will involve marketing your home by expressing it in its best light online and through fliers, phone calls and emails, etc., they will conduct viewings with ay interested potential buyers, manage the negotiations on the offers as they come in and, by law, they will also have to take all necessary steps to ensure the buyer is serious about entering into the contract to purchase the property when an offer is made.
However good you believe your chosen estate agent to be, you should take time to read through the terms and conditions thoroughly to understand what you’re paying them and what you’re going to get for your money.
How long does it take to move house?
Those new to buying property are often surprised by how long the process can take from start to finish. There are several factors that come into play when determining how long your transaction will take from having your offer accepted to moving into your new home: The number of people involved in the chain (the shorter it is, the easier to manage and therefore shorter in duration potentially), problems with one or more buyers in the chain getting a mortgage offer, communication, management and many others.
The greatest time that needs to be set aside is for the conveyancing, which is the complex legal process of transferring ownership of the property from seller to buyer, replicated along the entire chain. Typically, the conveyancing can take an average of between eight and twelve weeks to complete, so, in reality, you should be thinking in terms of months.
However, if you appoint a results-focused and proactive solicitor, who will do everything possible to reduce the length of time, including talking to everyone involved in the chain, pushing for swift return of forms and documentation, and using modern technology to drive the process forward, you will stand a better chance of the conveyancing being a lot shorter. And the earlier you appoint them, the quicker they can get started on your transaction.
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