the buying process

The Buying Process

Our step by step guide to buying property

Step 1: Register your interest

The first step is to register your details with us either by calling any of our local offices where we can discuss your property requirements or by registering online. Registering your details on My Account means you will automatically be updated by email.

Step 2: Mortgage

We recommend that you get finances, including your mortgage, agreed in principle as early as possible to avoid missing out on your dream home. Our Mortgage Consultants offer an Information Service which provides a personal guide to the costs of moving and an explanation of the moving process.

We offer a Ready2Move service which, subject to qualification, means we issue you with a R2M card which gets you to the front of our home buying queue.

We also offer a Comparison Service for those already with a mortgage and provides an opportunity to compare lenders and costs.

Step 3: The search begins

You will receive a selection of property that matches your criteria and you can keep updated by regular access to

Step 4: Making an offer

Once you've found a suitable property we'll present your offer to the seller both verbally and in writing. We will qualify your status (position to proceed) and your finance arrangements at this point.

Step 5: Instruct a Property Conveyancer

A Lawyer will be required to handle the legal paperwork involved (known as conveyancing).

Using our conveyancing service will ensure a faster, more secure sale and key features such as no move - no fee means you will be better protected should the sale not proceed.

Step 6: Sale Agreedsurvey and valuation

Once your mortgage application is completed and your offer is accepted, written confirmation of mutual solicitors and finance arrangements will be sent out. Your lawyer and survey will be instructed.

Our surveying service can help you with survey arrangements on the property you intend to purchase.

Step 7: Searches and Surveys

Your Property Conveyancer will request their own necessary searches.

Step 8: Contract Approval and Mortgage Offer

Once results of the searches and answers to enquiries are received, the draft contract is approved by your solicitor and when this has been signed and returned and your mortgage offer is in place you are ready to exchange contracts.

Step 9: Exchange of Contracts

The contract will be signed by you and the seller.

The deposit (usually 10% of the purchase price) is telegraphically transferred or paid by your solicitor in the form of a banker's draft. The completion date is then set.

An exchange of contracts is legally binding.

Step 10: Completion

Generally set two weeks after exchange of contracts.

Residual monies are transferred from your solicitor to the seller's solicitors account.

Congratulations, you are now the legal owner of your new home!

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