Conveyancing is the legal transfer of a property from one person to another. The property can be leasehold or freehold. To ensure this is done successfully you will need a solicitor to complete your property sale.
On behalf of the buyer, the conveyancing solicitor or licenced conveyancer must ensure that he or she obtains 'title' to the land; i.e., that the person selling the property has the right to sell with no factors that would obstruct a mortgage or a re-sale. The solicitor will also commission searches on the property.
Under English and Welsh law, agreements are not legally binding until contracts are exchanged. This gives both parties the advantage of freedom before contract, but also the disadvantage of wasted time and expense in the event the deal is not done.
The normal practice is for the buyer to negotiate an agreed price with the seller. The buyer then organises a survey and the buyer’s solicitor subsequently carries out searches and pre-contract enquiries. The seller's conveyancing solicitor will collect and prepare property information to be provided to the buyer's solicitors.
It is best to get several conveyancing quotes. Brookes Hall can supply comprehensive property conveyancing services through a local network of conveyancing solicitors who are all specialists in residential property conveyancing. As our agency is in constant contact with our preferred firms, you will have the peace of mind that you will be regularly updated and Brookes Hall will be able to co-ordinate your move efficiently. Please note that you are not obligied to use one of our preferred firms.
The seller's conveyancing solicitor will collect and prepare property information to be provided to the buyer's solicitors. It takes approximately 10-12 weeks to complete a conveyancing transaction but this can be affected by many factors such as personal, social and financial.
In the phase before the exchange of contracts (exchange is the point when the transaction becomes legally-binding) either party can cancel the transaction. This can be done at any time and for any reason, with no obligations to the other and can lead to a risk of gazumping and its opposite, gazundering.
When you exchange contracts, you commit yourself to the purchase and to the agreed terms. This is an important hurdle in the home-buying process and you will also normally pay a deposit, typically 10 per cent of the purchase price.
At the completion date, you pay the balance of the price (and stamp duty and other fees), and take ownership of the premises. This is organized via the Transfer Deed; a document that passes the ownership of the property from the seller to the buyer. It is dated with the completion date and will be sent to the Land Registry after completion. The Land Registry needs this deed to change its records and show the buyer as the new owner of the property