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Buying a property

Buying a property

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Pre-contract stage

  • Firstly, when buying a property, you must instruct us to begin work. You should do this as soon as you find a house to buy to avoid any delay. Initial details will be obtained about your purchase. You will need to supply us with original forms of identity to meet with strict money laundering precautions.
  • We will receive the contract papers from your seller’s solicitor, which will include evidence of the land being sold by the seller and a draft contract for approval. We will check these documents for you.
  • Searches will be done on the property being bought. The searches will vary depending on the location of the property. An upfront payment will be required before any searches are applied for. The cost will vary depending on the searches needed.
  • On behalf of you and your mortgage lender we will check the content of the deeds and search results. Any queries will be dealt with directly between us and the seller’s solicitor.
  • If you are obtaining a mortgage, we will ensure that this meets with your needs.
  • The contract documents will only be signed by you once all enquiries have been dealt with and satisfactory search results have been received.

Post contract – pre-completion stage

  • Only when the seller and buyer are ready to commit to the transaction will contracts be exchanged. It is customary for a 10% deposit to be paid by you when buying a property. The deposit acts as a statement of intent, i.e. proves that you are serious about the purchase and that you intend to fulfil your contractual obligations. The deposit is forfeitable if you decide to withdraw from the purchase after the contracts have been exchanged. Exchange of contracts confirms what the parties must do (for example how much is paid and when). It marks the stage at which the contract becomes legally binding, ensuring that neither party can withdraw without incurring penalties.
  • Buildings insurance for the property must be in place from the date of exchange.
  • We will then forward the draft transfer deed to the seller’s solicitor for approval. Whilst the contract states what the parties must do, the transfer deed carries it out, activating the contract and bringing it to life.

Post completion stage

  • Completion occurs when all the terms of the contract have been met. We will forward the money to the seller’s solicitor and once it has been received by them, the keys for the property will be given to you.
  • The keys will be handed to you by the estate agents or directly received from the seller of the property if you have made personal arrangements in this regard.
  • We will then register the property and mortgage deed in your name and deal with any stamp duty payments on your behalf.
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163 Reviews

Anonymous

Its always difficult when you are selling a house but even more so when it is a probate sale. Williamsons have handled my sale with sensitivity and efficiency and have supported me throughout the process.

Mr & M

Very efficient, prompt replies to queries, show good team work and a very reasonable bill at the end.

Mr D A

I was given an efficient, friendly and courteous appointment.

Mr and Mrs Lang

Thorough and commendable.

Mr & M

Professional,helpful and friendly staff we use Williamson's for all legal matters.

Mrs Yvonne K

Suzanne Spooner was excellent. She kept me informed of progress and the whole stressful process of selling one’s house went as smoothly as possible.

Miss L

We were very impressed by Theresa's thorough approach. We are very confident that our conveyancing was carried out to perfection.

Sarah B

Fantastic service from Susan and her team dealing with the sale of the house. Easily contactable for any queries and would definitely recommend them.

Andrew H

Very thorough, helpful throughout and ensured no undue delays.

Mr Nicholls

Once again a smooth transaction thanks to Beth at Williamsons. Will certainly be using again. Thanks

Mr and Mrs Allgood

We were delighted with the service we received. Each time it was necessary to make contact we received a prompt response. As existing clients we would not hesitate to use this service again.

Anonymous

We instructed Williamsons to carry out the conveyancing on our house purchase. Gemma was excellent, keeping us up to date with the progress made towards completion by email and sending us the relevant paper work. She made us aware of any issues and suggested a course of action. We would highly recommend using Williamsons.

Mrs Ward

Jane Cousins and her colleagues were absolutely brilliant! They were extremely patient and helpful and kept us up to date by email whenever necessary!! She promised to hold my hand through the process of buying and selling our homes and certainly did! We cannot thank her and Emma and Rebecca enough!!! Thank you all very much!! Sheilah/Owen Ward

Ms D

Very happy with the service provided both on my sale and purchase. Thank you

Dr P

Straightforward, efficient, clear, well-informed.

Mr Francis

Exemplary service. Kept me up to date throughout the process. Carefully explained any difficulties or technical issues. Brilliant service

Anonymous

Very helpful & prompt service! Nothing was too much trouble. Can highly recommend

Mr and Mrs Jarvis

Handled our sale and purchase extremely well, first class.

Mr and Mrs Green

We were delighted with the service we received. Although unable to speak to our designated officer Mrs Spooner, her assistant Natalie was always on hand to advise, particularly relevant on the final day when exchange and completion took place at the same time. A difficult period, not being helped by the long-distance, was made as easy as such a situation could ever be. Thank you.

Mrs Margaret W

I am new to Williamsons, my first time with them. It’s been a positive efficient and friendly experience. So much so that I won’t be going any where else in future. Thank you to all at Williamsons!

Brian R

This is the third housing transaction Williamsons has done for me in the last year and I have been very satisfied with the proceedings . I particularly admire the capability and knowledge of Suzanne Spooner who is a very smart lady.