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Purchases & Sales

Our expert property lawyers offer a first class service and specialise in all types of residential freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, ranging from first-time buyers to multi-million pound transactions.

We can offer clients a regular update, by email and text message, on their sale and purchase, due to our advanced case management system. You will also be provided with a direct telephone number to your dedicated Conveyancer, so you can always be sure of being able to contact us with no delays.

The property sales process

The first stage of the sale process is to complete the property information and fittings, and contents forms. If you are selling a leasehold property an additional leasehold information form will also need to be completed. The property information form consists of 16 questions which includes boundary ownership, disputes and building work to the property.

Once these forms have been completed and returned, a draft contract pack will be issued to the buyer’s solicitors. There is then usually a bit of a wait while the buyer’s solicitors requests the searches and, if required, waits for a mortgage offer.

The next step is to raise enquiries. At this stage we may need to contact you for assistance with these. Once all enquires have been answered, and once you have signed the contract, we can then progress to exchange of contracts.

Purchasing a property

Once we have received the contract documentation from the seller’s solicitors, and as part of the service, we will carry out all the usual conveyancing searches (Local Authority search, drainage search and an environmental search). We will check that the title to the property is good, marketable and will provide you with a full written report on the property you are purchasing.

Our expert property lawyers will prepare the necessary contracts, Stamp Duty Land Tax Returns and transfers on your behalf. Once you are completely happy, and all your queries and questions have been answered, we can then progress to exchange of contracts.

Exchanging property contracts

On the day of exchange we will first contact you to check the details of the contract, including the completion date, and obtain your authority to exchange. Once we have exchanged, both parties will be under contract and neither will be able to withdraw without possible financial loss. We will confirm to you by telephone and letter once exchange has taken place.

Completing your purchase or sale

The day has arrived, once the money has been transferred between the solicitors, and it has been received safely, we will then confirm to you that completion has taken place and you can collect the keys to your new home.

After completion we will deal with the payment of Stamp duty, the registration of your title and mortgage at the Land Registry and deal with the redemption of your mortgage if you are selling your property.

Our aim is to make the transaction as stress-free as possible by providing you with regular communication throughout the transaction. Find your local branch of Ellis Jones Solicitors and get in touch here.

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