First Time Buyers
Before you search for a property it is a good idea to secure funding. This will confirm how much you can realistically afford to pay for a property. You can then begin the process of finding a property you like and are happy with and make an offer via the estate agents.
You may at this stage decide to shop around for legal services and also consider whether you wish to instruct a surveyor.
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It is important to ensure that you have the funding in place before looking for a property. If you are having a mortgage it is good practice to have an offer in principle before making an offer on a property.
The Estate Agents predominantly act for the Seller and will liaise with both parties Solicitors throughout the transaction. Please note that you have freedom of choice when selecting a Solicitor and do not be pushed into signing any documentation with the estate agents as sometimes they will push a certain company. You do not have to select their choice and we would strongly advise that you shop around.
Instruct Surveyors (if required)
Once your offer has been accepted you need to consider whether you require the services of a surveyor. If you have any queries with regards to the property either with the outside or inside build i.e., cracks in the wall etc., it may be a good idea to have a surveyor check the property to ensure there are no underlying issues.
Once you have made your offer and it has been accepted, the Sellers Solicitors will forward Contract Documentation to your chosen Solicitor and the legal process then begins. Please remember that nothing is certain until Contracts are exchanged.
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