Buyers Advice

FINANCES - WHAT CAN YOU AFFORD?

Almost all property purchases are made using a mortgage. To find out how much you can borrow and repay, you should book an appointment with a mortgage advisor. Since new lending rules were introduced in 2014, the mortgage application process has become more detailed, and borrowers have to declare all their financial commitments during the application process, as well as illustrate how they would repay their mortgage should interest rates rise. Be prepared to reveal all your monthly outgoings - including spending on food, luxuries and leisure activities

YOUR DEPOSIT

Buying a home with a mortgage requires a deposit. For those purchasing their first home, this will need to be an amount of cash held in a bank account, of which your mortgage lender will need evidence. The bigger your deposit, the lower the rate of interest your mortgage will have. For existing homeowners, a deposit is usually substantiated by equity in the current property, although additional funds can be used to boost the deposit or should the property be in negative equity.

CONDUCTING SUCCESSFUL VIEWINGS

We suggest you view a number of properties to be able to get a good feel for the area and types of property. We offer accompanied appointments arranged at times to suit you and the vendor.

Prepare a checklist and a set of questions before you visit any property, including commuting times, council tax bills; find out about any parking problems or restrictions; check what appliances are being left behind and ask if the boiler has been regularly serviced.

MAKING AN OFFER

Any offer must be submitted in writing, at which point it will be submitted and discussed with the vendor for their consideration. You may need to show your ability to proceed (documentation of your mortgage agreement in principle).

Any negotiating over the sum and the contents of the property will also be handled by Jason Oliver experienced negotiator. Please note there are no legal obligations on either party until exchange of contracts.

THE LEGAL BIT

As soon as an offer is accepted, you will be asked to instruct a conveyance solicitor and we will send Terms of Memorandum of Sale to all parties to begin the process. Your solicitor will be responsible for steering the legal side of the purchase through exchange and completion, making sure that the relevant searches, documents and finances are in place before you become the new owner of the property. Their work will include verifying that the current owner has the right to sell the property; that any structural work to extend/alter the property had planning consent and that there are no detrimental environmental factors affecting the land or the local vicinity.

THE SURVEY

Your mortgage lender will send a surveyor to the property you are buying to establish two main things: that the property is actually worth the money the lender is loaning, and to qualify the condition of the property in respect of structural faults. There are three different surveys you can request, depending on how thorough you want the building inspection to be. The results of the survey may influence whether you go ahead with the purchase or reduce your offer. If you have checked the survey results and are happy to proceed, both parties' solicitors will issue contracts to be signed and returned. This is the last point at which you can pull out of a purchase without financial loss.

EXCHANGE OF CONTRACTS

This is when the signed contracts are exchanged between the buyers' solicitor and the sellers' solicitor. It's also the point at which your deposit will be transferred to the sellers' solicitor. Once complete, the purchase becomes legally binding. Should you wish to pull out after this point, you would lose your deposit and potentially pay legal costs. As a buyer, you are now legally responsible for the property and it is essential to have buildings insurance in place, even if you're not living at the property. We will negotiate a moving date with the sellers' estate agent, so you can book a removal company.

COMPLETION AND MOVING IN

Completion normally occurs around two weeks after the exchange of contracts have been signed and usually coincides with the actual moving day. On the day itself your solicitor will organise for the mortgage funds to be transferred to the sellers' solicitor. When the funds have cleared, seller’s solicitor will call us giving permission to release the keys to you, the new owner.

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Letting Fee Information

The asking rent does not include letting fees. Our standard administration fee (which covers general administration and preparation of paperwork) is £xxx (£xxx+VAT). A security deposit, usually equivalent to six weeks rent, is also payable.

Depending on your circumstances and the property you select, one or more of the following may also be charged to you upfront;

Fees may be charged on a per person or per property basis, please call us on 020 8449 2122