What happens if I want to buy or sell a house?

Buying or selling a property is no easy task – and this unfortunate truth applies regardless of whether you are a first-time buyer, a second-stepper or a seasoned investor.

It is important to have a qualified solicitor you can trust at your side throughout all stages of the process, which will help to ensure that the transaction runs smoothly and efficiently with minimum stress and disruption.

If you are buying a home, the first step will be getting your deposit funds together and securing an agreement in principle for your mortgage. From here, you will be able to make an offer on your desired property – which is where the complex conveyancing process will begin.

During the initial stages, you will need to supply evidence of your identity and proof of the source of your deposit funds to your solicitor, who will then liaise with the seller’s conveyancer and carry out a number of important searches and questionnaires – each of which is absolutely vital to the home-buying or moving process.

At this stage, your conveyancer will be a key point of contact for you, keeping you up-to-date with your transaction, reporting on search results, property titles and questionnaires and handling your deposit funds, Stamp Duty payments and more. Your conveyancer will also handle registering the ownership of your property with the Land Registry.

With such sensitive and important tasks entrusted to them, it is absolutely vital that you appoint an experienced professional solicitor who is well-versed in the field of conveyancing and capable of rising above any unforeseen issues which may arise during the home-buying or selling process.

At Mackrell Turner Garrett, every member of our Residential Property team is a qualified solicitor with a wealth of experience. We are accredited by the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) and we also feature on a top panel of all major lenders, making us ideally placed to handle property transactions and land purchases all over the world.

Furthermore, we can advise on many of the more complex aspects of residential property law, from leasehold sales and purchases, to leasehold enfranchisement, transfer of equity and more, enabling us to assist homebuyers and sellers of all kinds.

To find out how our expert team can help you, please get in touch today.   

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Nick Davies
Nick is the Head of Property in our London office, having joined in the firm in 2005. His expertise covers a wide range of real estate transactions, with cases including both residential and commercial property deals, shops, pubs, restaurants, development sites, offices, lease renewals, enfranchisement, litigation and corporate support.