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Conveyancing is known as process of legally transferring home ownership from a seller, to a buyer. It starts from making an offer and finishes when you hand over the keys to the buyer.
Who does the conveyancing?
A solicitor or conveyancer usually conducts the conveyancing process, but it is possible (although difficult) to do it yourself
Before the exchange of contracts
- 1. Engage an estate agent, negotiate and accept an offer on the sale price
- 2. Instruct a solicitor or conveyancer to do the conveyancing. To reduce delays, it is probably best to have chosen which solicitor or conveyancer you want to use when you instruct Agents R Us.
The Solicitor will start work after you have a formal offer
- 3. You will be asked to complete a number of detailed questionnaires about the property and what you intend to include with the sale, which will be provided to you by your solicitor/conveyancer.
Certainly you should ensure that you have answered all the questions.
- The Form (TA 6) is a general questionnaire and includes information on boundaries, disputes and complaints (like reported noisy neighbour complaints or boundary disputes), known proposed developments (like railways etc), building works, council tax, utilities, sewerage.
- If you do not own the freehold you should give more information on either the leasehold (TA 7) or the commonhold (TA9)
The form TA 13 is more technical, but also includes finalisation details including arrangements to hand over the keys, how and where you will complete, and ensuring that the house is free of all mortgages and liability claims
You must fill these forms out truthfully, honestly and to the best of your knowledge; if it later transpires that you have not been fully truthful you could be sued for compensation. Or, if they find out before exchange of contracts, it might make the buyers nervous that you are misleading them about other things and they may pull out.
- 4. Your Conveyancer will use the information in the questionnaires to draw up adraft contract. This will be sent to the buyer for approval.
- 5. Either party can negotiate over the draft contract. Things to agree include:
date of completion (usually 7-28 days after the exchange of contracts)
what fixtures and fittings will be included in the sale price
how much they pay for other fixtures and fitting
The buyer would often also have had a survey/valuation conducted on your property. If the survey/valuation flags up anything major – for example, the need for significant roof repairs – you may have to negotiate over who will fix this or even renegotiate over the sale price.
- 6. You must plan to pay off your mortgage, by requesting a redemption figure from your mortgage company. This is how much you will have to pay them upon completion of the sale
- You and the buyer will have agreed on a date and time to exchange contracts. At that time your conveyancer will exchange contracts on your behalf
- This is usually done by both solicitors/conveyancers making sure the contracts are identical, and then immediately sending them to one another in the post
- If you or the buyers are in a chain the solicitors/conveyancers will do the same thing, but will only release it if the other people in the chain are all happy to go ahead. This means if one person pulls out or delays, then everyone in the chain gets held up.
- Once you have exchanged contracts you will be in a legally binding contract to sell the property. This means:
- If the buyer does not complete the purchase, you will probably keep their deposit; you can also sue them an d be charged interest
- If you pull out, they can sue you
- You can no longer accept another offer
Between exchange and completion
- Immediately after exchange you should receive the buyer’s deposit – usually 10% - 20% of the property price
- You own the property until completion, and so there is no need to move out before then. However, it will be a lot less stressful if you can move out some days before, rather than leaving it to the last minutes
- You should go around the property before you complete ensuring that everything that was on the fixtures and fittings inventory list is still in the property
On completion day
- You hand over the keys by the Solicitor. In practice, the buyer normally gets the keys from the estate agent, and you leave any spare sets you have in the property
- You or your conveyancer/solicitor will receive the outstanding balance of sale price
- You – or your solicitor/conveyancer – will hand over the legal documents that prove ownership
- Any outstanding mortgage on the property can now be paid off from the proceeds of the sale. The solicitor/conveyancer will normally do this
- You will have to pay your solicitor/conveyancer
- You will have to pay the estate agent
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