Buying or Selling a House

What work do we do for you on Purchasing a property?

The legal side of purchasing a property, which is where you will need our help, consists of:

  •  We start by getting information from you about yourself and the property, including checking finances are in place to fund the purchase
  •  Please note that if you have a lender involved we may also be instructed by the lender to work for them on the purchase and their requirements because they will also be conditions of your mortgage may have to be followed.
  •  We receive and advise you on contract documents from your seller’s solicitors
  •  We carry out searches with the land registry and local authority, as well as obtain further planning documentation if required.
  •  We then make any enquiries of your seller's solicitor that arise from the information we have received from them, yourself and from the searches
  •  We will send you all the search documentation and enquriries, give you advice on all documents and information received and provide you with a full report of the risks, responsibilities and rights that go with the property.  This will also include advising you on the conditions of your mortgage offer.
  •  Once the terms of the purchase are agreed, we send you a final contract for signature.
  •  At this point we can exchange contracts with your seller and, usually, agree a completion date (the date from which you will own the property).  We will inform you when this event happens.
  •  Following exchange of contracts, we arrange for all monies needed to be received from your lender and you – you will need to arrange your move yourself.
  •  At this point we can complete the purchase for you and you will then own the property.  You will be told by us that this has happened.
  •  After completion we will deal with payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax and registration of your purchase at Land Registry.

Throughout the matter you can contact us by letter, telephone and email.  We endeavour to respond within 48 hours of your request but please be aware that our conveyancers are busy and at peak times or if your queries are of a significant number this may not always be possible.

What is not covered by the work that we do for you?

Your quoted fixed fee for the region your property is situated in is based on the purchase price that you provide to us and whether the property is leasehold or freehold and assumes that there is a maximum of one lender, two clients and that the property is registered land with good title.  If any of these factors is not the case we will advise you of the revised quote at the time that these factors become clear. 

We do not carry out site visits or make any assessment of the condition of your property, you will need to instruct a surveyor if you have concerns in this regard.

We do not advise on how you might be able to fund your purchase or make any assessment of the financial risk of making your purchase or the mortgage product that you choose to fund your purchase, you would need to instruct an IFA or mortgage adviser in this regard.

We do not advise on the calculation of Stamp Duty Land Tax, we will complete the form based on information you provide to us.  If you have concerns about the questions in this form or your circumstances related to Stamp Duty Land Tax you may need to instruct an Accountant or Tax Adviser.

How long will my house purchase take?

Timescales depend on a number of factors.  The average process takes between 12-16 weeks but It can be quicker or slower, depending on:

  • the parties in the chain.
  • if the property is new
  • how the transaction is funded.
  • If additional work such as extension of the lease is needed

These factors can lead to the transaction taking between 5 and 8 months. In such, a situation additional charges may apply and we will tell you if they do before carrying out the work.

Your solicitor does not dictate the timescale for completion, the main factors are the wishes of the other party to the transaction, lenders and builders, and most of all other linked transactions.

How much will it cost

In most instances we operate on a fixed fee basis calculated on the value of the property, whether it is freehold or leasehold and how complicated the financing of the transaction is.

Click here to obtain a full quote which will include our fees plus the additional costs that are associated with the type of purchase you are making (In legal circles, these expenses are called Disbursements).

What work do we do for you when Selling your Property?

The legal side of selling a property, which is where you will need our help, consists of:

  • We will obtain information about the property you are selling and about yourself related to the sale and give you initial advice
  • Please note that if you have a lender involved we may also be instructed by the lender to work for them on the purchase and their requirements because they will also be conditions of your mortgage may have to be followed.
  • We will check that your record of ownership, usually held at the Land Registry, is up to date and that there are no issues relating to the title of the property that need to be resolved before we proceed
  • We will draft contract documents and send them to your buyer’s solicitors
  • We will be asked to respond to enquiries from your buyer and will liaise with you on what responses need to be made to reassure them and enable your sale to progress
  • We will send you a final contract for signature
  • At the stage we can usually move to Exchange of Contracts and agree a Completion date (this is the date from which you will no longer own the property)
  • We will arrange for all monies received and needed to be transferred in line with your instructions
  • We will complete the transaction for you

Throughout the matter you can contact us by letter, telephone and email.  We endeavour to respond within 48 hours of your request but please be aware that our conveyancers are busy and at peak times or if your queries are of a significant number this may not always be possible.

What is not covered by the work that we do for you?

Your quoted fixed fee for the region your property is situated in is based on the sale price that you provide to us and whether the property is leasehold or freehold and assumes that there is a maximum of one lender, two clients and that the property is registered land with good title.  If any of these factors is not the case we will advise you of the revised quote at the time that these factors become clear. 

We do not carry out site visits or make any assessment of the condition of your property, you will need to instruct a surveyor if you have concerns in this regard.

How long will my house sale take?

Timescales depend on a number of factors.  The average process takes between 12-16 weeks but It can be quicker or slower, depending on:

  • the parties in the chain.
  • how the transaction is funded.
  • If additional work such as extension of the lease is needed

These factors can lead to the transaction taking between 5 and 8 months. In such, a situation additional charges may apply and we will tell you if they do before carrying out the work.

Your solicitor does not dictate the timescale for completion, the main factors are the wishes of the other party to the transaction, lenders and builders, and most of all other linked transactions.

How much will it cost

In most instances we operate on a fixed fee basis calculated on the value of the property, whether it is freehold or leasehold and how complicated the financing of the transaction is.

Click here to obtain a full quote which will include our fees plus the additional costs that are associated with the type of purchase you are making (In legal circles, these expenses are called Disbursements).

Who will do the work for me?

We have a very experienced team headed by Nadya Makarova, a specialist conveyancing solicitor with over 14 years’ experience

Click here to view the profiles of the team that carry out conveyancing work at Brown Turner Ross