How Long Does it Take To Complete On A House From Start To Finish?

A Timeline For Buying A House 2019 When buying a new home, and for first time buyers in particular, one of the first questions people ask their conveyancing solicitor is ‘how long will it take to complete on my property?’. It can seem like a long, drawn-out affair. It can be. It’s not completely unheard […]

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What Does It Mean To ‘Exchange Contracts’?

Exchange And Completion – What Happens Now? You may have had an offer on a property accepted but until you have exchanged contracts, your move is not yet guaranteed. Here is our guide on what is involved in exchanging and completing on your new home. What Does It Mean To ‘Exchange Contracts’? When you exchange […]

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Stamp Duty: Will There Be Changes In The Near Future?

If you are buying a home in England or Northern Ireland and paying more than £125,000 (or more than £40,000 for second homes), then you will have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) to HMRC . This applies to both freehold and leasehold properties and whether you are buying outright or using a mortgage. […]

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What Does It Mean To Buy A Leasehold Property?

Freehold and Leasehold. What’s the difference? The two most common forms of property ownership in the UK are freehold and leasehold. But what do these terms mean in practice? Whilst it might sound quite technical, knowing whether or not the property you want to buy is freehold or leasehold is extremely important. It makes the […]

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What Is A Property Chain?

Property Chains Property chains are fairly common in residential property transactions. A property chain occurs when there is more than one buyer involved in a property transaction and each party relies on the others completing their purchase, necessitating the other transactions. If you are a first time buyer, or moving from a rented house, the […]

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Common Problems In Conveyancing And How To Fix Them

Common reasons for delays and how to avoid them If you are going through the process of buying or selling property, with any luck, the process will be plain-sailing and you will complete the transaction in a timely manner with few hold ups or set-backs. However, this is not always the case. In order to […]

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Is It Possible To Exchange And Complete On The Same Day?

In legal terms yes it absolutely is possible to exchange and complete on the same day but it’s rare and most likely your solicitor will strongly advise against it. Here we tell you why… When you’re buying a house it’s natural to want to move quickly and get your new keys as soon as possible. […]

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Where Do I Start When Moving Home?

If you are about to embark upon buying a home, selling a property, or perhaps both, there is an important process you are about to go through, with several steps, all of which are extremely important. However getting things started can often seem like the hardest part of it all, which is why we have […]

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The Help To Buy ISA Deadline Is Looming, Apply Now

Saving for a deposit on your first home can seem like an impossible task, with living costs and property prices always seeming to be on the rise. It sometimes feels like you will never have saved enough to finally become a homeowner. This is why the government created the Help to Buy: ISA scheme, to […]

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How Long Does Conveyancing Take With No Chain?

For an ordinary, no hold ups, straightforward property purchase, conveyancing can take between 6 to 8 weeks, though 12 weeks is a more realistic estimate of time scale. When you receive your solicitor quotes from our conveyance quote engine, you can clarify timescale before instruction. In some cases however, the process can be much shorter […]

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