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Leamington: 01926 827804

The Process Explained

Without a Solicitor, purchasing a new house can be extremely confusing and stressful as well as lead to legal problems.

In the process of moving home Solicitors provide a link between the buyer and the seller, with the purchasers solicitors working to ensure that their client get what they paid for, that the property has no legal or structural strings attached, and that if they do, then they ensure that the client is aware of all that they are buying into.

Often in the process of buying a house individuals forget the importance of researching certain elements, and the importance of their contract exchange. Ward & Rider Solicitors has a team of specialists in property law and conveyancing, offering a strong hand to lead you into your new home/

There are many key elements we can help in during your journey to your new home including:

Prior to Exchanging Contracts

Searches
Carrying out a ‘search’ involves us as your conveyancers contacting the local authority to determine if there is anything they are aware of which may affect a new property owner, this can include:

  • Planning Permissions
  • Planned Developments(inc.roadworks)
  • Disputes
  • Rights of Way
  • Utility Provider

In addition we can carry out Land Searches on your prospective property to determine if there are any additional flooding, contaminated land and mining  history they are aware of.

It is important to carry out this conveyancing to determine if there is any additional information that you are unaware of prior to entering into any agreement, in particular if they would go on to affect the value of the property in the future.

If the property you wish to purchase is Leasehold, there will be terms and conditions that will need to be carefully reviewed, in particular to determine what costs you may be required to pay.

Mortgage Deeds
We can assist you in understanding your mortgage deed set out by your lender. All aspect of both your offer letter and conditions need to be considered carefully before entering into an agreement.

Contract Signing 
Anything we find in the ‘searches’ will be relayed back to you prior to any contract signing. If you still wish to purchase the property after this the we can move forward and draw up the finalised terms of the contract for you to then sign. Also at this point you will be required to provide your deposit, normally between 5 and 10% of the property purchase price.

Exchanging Contracts

The exchanging of contracts is a critical point of progression during the purchase of a property and allows a setting of the date to complete a sale. At this point we will exchange your signed contract with the sellers, following which any withdrawal from the buying or selling of the property may result in financial penalties.  

After Exchanging Contracts

Final Balance
During the period between exchanging contracts and completion, we as your solicitors will obtain the mortgage money from your solicitors and the additional finance from yourselves. In addition at this time we will be preparing the transfer deeds, doing final search as well as communicating with the sellers solicitors to organize paying existing mortgage upon the property.

Completion
At this stage we will transfer the money for your purchase to the sellers’ solicitors and retrieve the deeds. Often there is a chain of transactions during the completion day as the seller will no doubt be retrieving deeds to their new property around the same time, because of this here at Ward and Rider we keep you up-to-date on the progress of the transactions up until the handover of the keys.

Other Considerations

Often there are other legal matters that come to light following purchasing a property, including the need to enter into a deed of trust if you and your cohabitee are not married to one another, updating or rewriting a Will to include the new property.

Ward & Rider Solicitors can give you legal advice as to other areas you should be considering following the property purchase, incorporating these additional services into your case.