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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Pigrome

Selling and purchasing a property in the UK

Selling and purchasing a property in the UK can be a complex process, but with the right guidance, it can be a rewarding experience. In this blog, we will explore the key steps involved in selling and purchasing a property in the UK.

Selling a property:

The first step in selling a property is to find an estate agent to help you with the process. They will provide you with a valuation of your property and assist you with marketing it to potential buyers. Once you have received an offer from a buyer, you will need to provide them with a Property Information Form and a Fixtures and Fittings Form. These forms detail the legal and physical attributes of the property and what items will be included in the sale.

The next step is to appoint a solicitor or conveyancer to handle the legal process of selling the property. They will draft the contract of sale and provide you with legal advice on the transaction.

Once the buyer’s solicitor has completed their checks and satisfied themselves with the property’s legal and physical status, they will agree to the contract and exchange of contracts can take place. At this point, the buyer will pay a deposit and a completion date will be set. On the completion date, the balance of the purchase price will be paid to the seller and the keys to the property will be handed over.

Purchasing a property:

The first step in purchasing a property is to find a suitable property that meets your requirements and budget. You can search online, visit estate agents or attend property auctions to find potential properties.

Once you have found a property that you are interested in, you will need to make an offer to the seller. If the offer is accepted, you will need to appoint a solicitor or conveyancer to handle the legal process of purchasing the property. They will carry out searches on the property and provide you with legal advice on the transaction.

If you are obtaining a mortgage to fund the purchase, you will need to apply to a mortgage lender for a mortgage offer. The lender will assess your creditworthiness, income and the value of the property to determine whether to offer you a mortgage.

Once all legal and financial checks have been completed, you will exchange contracts with the seller and pay a deposit. A completion date will be set and on the completion date, you will pay the balance of the purchase price to the seller and receive the keys to the property.

In conclusion, selling and purchasing a property in the UK involves several key steps, including finding a suitable property, appointing professionals to handle the legal and financial aspects of the transaction, and exchanging contracts. With the right guidance and support, the process can be a rewarding experience.

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