Buying or selling a house FAQs

All the questions about buying or seeling a house that we get asked a lot, gathered together in one place and answered.

Buying a house

  • + What documents should I receive after completion?
  • + Do I have to come to your office to sign contracts?
  • + What forms do I need to sign to complete a house sale?
  • + What happens if I want to buy a new house that isn't built yet?
  • + When do we agree a date to move?
  • + Do I have to move on a Friday?
  • + When will I receive the money from my sale?
  • + The surveyor has found a problem with the property. What are my options?
  • + My buyer wants to renegotiate the purchase price. What do I do?
  • + Can my mortgage lender force me to complete repair work to my property?
  • + What can I do if I'm 'gazumped'?
  • + If I the vendor decides not to sell to me can I sue them to recover my costs?
  • + If I lose my buyer can I sue them to recover my costs?
  • + What will happen if I pull out?
  • + Can I pull out of my sale?
  • + Can I pull out of my purchase?
  • + Why does exchange of contracts mean?
  • + What happens on exchange of contracts?
  • + When will I know I've got the property?
  • + What fees do I have to pay, and when?
  • + How much deposit do I have to pay?
  • + If I have to pay a deposit when is it payable?
  • + Do I have to pay a deposit?
  • + Will I need to get the property I want to purchase valued?
  • + What do I need to do before I can sell my property?
  • + When do I need to instruct a solicitor?
  • + How long does it take to sell a property?
  • + How long does it take to buy a property?

Equity release

  • + What would happen to my partner if I die?
  • + Do I make monthly repayments?
  • + How much can I borrow?

Landlord and tenant questions

Remortgaging advice

  • + How do I remortgage?
  • + My new partner is coming onto the deeds to help us obtain the mortgage deal we want. Can you also help us?
  • + How long will it all take?

Selling a house

  • + What documents should I receive after completion?
  • + Do I have to come to your office to sign contracts?
  • + What forms do I need to sign to complete a house sale?
  • + What happens if I want to buy a new house that isn't built yet?
  • + When do we agree a date to move?
  • + Do I have to move on a Friday?
  • + When will I receive the money from my sale?
  • + The surveyor has found a problem with the property. What are my options?
  • + My buyer wants to renegotiate the purchase price. What do I do?
  • + Can my mortgage lender force me to complete repair work to my property?
  • + What can I do if I'm 'gazumped'?
  • + If I the vendor decides not to sell to me can I sue them to recover my costs?
  • + If I lose my buyer can I sue them to recover my costs?
  • + What will happen if I pull out?
  • + Can I pull out of my sale?
  • + Can I pull out of my purchase?
  • + What does exchange of contracts mean?
  • + What happens on exchange of contracts?
  • + When will I know I've got the property?
  • + What fees do I have to pay, and when?
  • + How much deposit do I have to pay?
  • + If I have to pay a deposit when is it payable?
  • + Do I have to pay a deposit?
  • + Will I need to get the property I want to purchase valued?
  • + What do I need to do before I can sell my property?
  • + When do I need to instruct a solicitor?
  • + How long does it take to sell a property?
  • + How long does it take to buy a property?

Shared ownership housing

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Transfer of equity

  • + What does the solicitor do?
  • + What if we also have life policies in joint names?
  • + Who else needs to know?
  • + Does my mortgage lender have to agree?

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