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Residential Purchasing

Helping you take the next step on the property ladder.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, trading up or down-sizing, buying a new home is an exciting time and represents a major financial commitment.

There are several critical steps when purchasing a home. Knowing what you can afford is a great place to start and our IFA will help you understand all the costs associated with your purchase and help you choose the best mortgage product for your particular circumstances. Next, it’s on to the exciting bit – the search. We’d recommend viewing as many properties as you can, speaking to people already living in the area and looking at the practicalities like distance to work and availability of local amenities.

Once you’ve found your dream home our highly experienced legal team will guide you carefully through the conveyancing process.  We’ll make sense of the information contained in the Home Report and any surveys carried out on the property, note your interest and submit an offer on your behalf.  And once your offer is accepted by the seller, we then work hard to conclude the missives as quickly as possible and transfer the funds when required. Our involvement doesn’t stop there.  Our IFA will work with you to ensure the appropriate insurances are in place and we can advise on how best to tackle the stresses, strains and excitement of moving day.

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To discuss your home purchase, call our conveyancing experts on 0141 227 2200 or to arrange an appointment please use the contact form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

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There is a Home Report for the property which is out of date and a refresh is required. What does this mean?

The Home Report for the property incorporates a valuation.   If the Home Report was conducted more than three months before the submission of the offer, it is standard practice for the lender/mortgage holder to request that this is refreshed.  This simply means an update of the existing report in order to ensure that the property is still substantially in the same condition as when the original Home Report was carried out and also that the valuation of the property remains unchanged.

What exactly are missives and are they required to be signed?

Missives consist of a series of formal letters which, once concluded/finalised, means that there is a binding contract in place for the purchase of a property.  It is a common misconception that these are required to be signed.  Missives are completed by your solicitor on your behalf following upon your instructions.

There is an exception to this, however, where a newbuild property is being purchased.  In this instance, it is common practice for the builders or their solicitors to prepare a standard set of missives and to request that these are signed by the purchasers.

How long does it take for missives to be concluded?

The time taken to conclude missives varies according to the circumstances of each individual transaction.  Missives are generally not concluded until the mortgage offer has been received by us and, if sale dependent, until such times as missives have been concluded for the sale of the existing property.

Can I go back out and see the property so I can take measurements?

Access to the property is permitted for measuring up purposes but this will only be permitted once the missives have been concluded.

I’ve received my mortgage offer. Do I need to hand this in to my solicitor?

We will receive a copy of the mortgage offer, which is also sent to you, together with the solicitors’ legal instructions.  You therefore do not require to hand this in to your solicitor.

When is my payment due to cover my transaction?

You will receive a Statement of Account approximately one week to ten days before the completion date which will detail all fees and costs.  You will be asked to pay the balance of the purchase price, all fees and outlays by bank transfer at the very latest three days before your completion date.

What is the Standard Security?

This is the mortgage deed which must be signed before your completion date and is generally signed by you in the solicitor’s office.

What time will I get my keys and where do I collect them?

A precise time for the release of keys cannot be provided as there are certain legal checks which have to be carried out by your solicitor immediately before completion.

When do I get my title deeds?

The registration process of a title to the property is now electronic.  Once this has been completed, a copy of the updated title will be forwarded to you by e-mail.


Need further advice?

If you have a question that isn’t covered in our FAQ’s or need further advice, please use the contact form below to send your request. A member of the team will be in touch with you shortly to respond to your query.

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