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Residential Property

Buying a new home can be stressful and it pays to have an expert to guide you through the process.

Hewitts’ are members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme, which is only awarded to solicitors who consistently reach the highest standards.

We have a strong team of residential property specialists who aim to provide a fast and efficient conveyancing service in a clear and straightforward way, to all our clients. Our clients enjoy direct contact with the property expert responsible for their case, whose job it is to ensure the transaction runs as smoothly as possible.

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Stages of the Transaction

The typical stages of a conveyancing transaction from start to finish are set out below:

When the buyer formally instructs their conveyancing solicitor, their solicitor will:
– Obtain the contract pack from the Seller’s solicitor
– Contact the mortgage lender, if applicable, and get a copy of the mortgage offer
– Once the contract pack is received, review it and raise any pre-contract enquiries with the seller’s solicitor. Prepare a preliminary report to the buyer and order searches. Prepare a draft transfer deed so that the property can be registered in the new buyer’s name
– Once the searches are returned, report to the buyer on the results of the enquiries and searches, advise as necessary and deal with any subsequent queries. Prepare a completion statement detailing the financial aspects of the matter and the amount required to complete the purchase
– Once the buyer is happy to go ahead, arrange for the deposit to be paid and arrange for the exchange of signed contracts
– Arrange transfer of the mortgage loan from the lender in preparation for completion
– On the completion day send the balance of the purchase money to the seller’s solicitor. The seller must vacate the property by or on the completion date and the buyer receives the keys to the property following the transfer of the money
– The buyer’s solicitor will send the stamp duty land tax return to HMRC and pay any tax due
– After completion the buyer’s solicitor will receive the title deeds and transfer deeds from the seller’s solicitor. If there is an outstanding mortgage on the property, the seller will have given a written undertaking (a legal promise) to repay it
– The buyer’s solicitor will make an application to the Land Registry to register the property with the for the buyer

During this process, the seller’s solicitor will have:
– Sent various enquiry forms to the seller for information about the property including fixtures and fittings and property information
– Obtained the title deeds and information about any outstanding mortgage
– Prepared the draft contract and any other information required and sent it to the buyer’s solicitor
– Answered any pre-contract enquiries from the buyer’s solicitor
– Arranged for the contract and transfer to be signed by the seller
– Dealt with the buyer’s solicitor over the exchange of contracts and completion
– Repaid any mortgage registered against the property
– After completion, sent the title deeds and transfer deed to the buyer’s solicitor, and made the payment due to the estate agent and sent the balance to the seller

Testimonial

Rob Lilly bought his dream home thanks to Hewitts’ expertise.

When Rob Lilly discovered that a mix up by estate agents had put his house purchase plans in jeopardy he turned to Hewitts for help.

Rob needed a solicitor who could act fast – otherwise his purchase was in danger of falling through.

He said: “Luckily, Hewitts took our case on and acted with speed and efficiency.

“In doing so, they provided an important part of the service that so many solicitors routinely overlook – the importance of speed in communicating with clients.”