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Buying Advice

Buyers Guide

Buying a property can be complex and time consuming and we hope that this guide will help to make the process smoother for you.

Making An Offer

When applicants have chosen a property they wish to buy we ask that they formally make an offer by contacting the appropriate branch and speaking to one of our professionals. We will ask for relevant personal information to clarify your circumstances and ability to proceed to completion.

Points to remember before you submit your offer to us:

  • Agents act for clients and they are our first responsibility. Our clients will expect us to offer the property in its best light and negotiate their behalf to achieve the best result the market can provide and that is consistent with the clients own ongoing requirements.
  • Agents act for clients and they are our first responsibility. Our clients will expect us to offer the property in its best light and negotiate their behalf to achieve the best result the market can provide and that is consistent with the clients own ongoing requirements.
  • When viewing a property take care of yourself and others who accompany. Please keep a watchful eye out and avoid any hazards. These may include steps, slopes, beams or obstructions of various types.
  • Applicants should take their own professional advice to ensure that the chosen property meets their individual requirements.
  • We are not surveyors, and do not survey properties or check that the services or appliances work.

To ensure your individual requirements are met we strongly recommend the following to all applicants:

  • It is expected that you will make yourself aware of all matters that are in the public domain. You should therefore make enquiries and searches, for example, of the numerous websites that provide information about properties, locations, services to properties as well as to locations, transport links, schooling and environmental issues that would include noise, planning, flooding, pollution and congestion. In particular you should ensure you have a full understanding of the implications of any Green Deal that applies to the property as this can have far reaching consequences.
  • We list below Guides that provide valuable information about the purchase of both Freehold and Leasehold property.

Once there is serious intent to buy a particular property:

  • You should instruct a surveyor to inspect the property at an early stage and carry out an appropriate survey to ensure the property and the services to the property and to the properties environs meet your requirements. If you intend to purchase the property with a mortgage this will be arranged by your chosen lender
  • Instruct a solicitor or licensed conveyancer to deal with the legal formalities and coordinate the purchase. We can provide you with quotes if you wish.
  • It is for the buyer and the buyer’s advisors to ask questions to ensure that have all the information they need to make an informed decision as to the properties suitability for meeting the buyer’s personal requirements.
  • The property will remain available for viewings by other applicants until we have satisfactory answers to our enquiries regarding your circumstances. This includes enquiries that we make to your estate agent if you are dependent on the sale of your existing property.

For more information and guidance on buying a home please visit our useful links section by clicking here