Whether you're a layman looking to understand your own transaction or a lawyer needing assistance with a client's conveyancing our step by step sale and purchase guides will lead you through the process while our mini guides will break the whole thing into manageable chunks and give a deep insight into the key issues and stages. Leasehold, freehold, unregistered, registered – we've got it all covered.
Need help with a remortgage or transfer of equity / deed of gift? Our guides will walk you through the process and highlight some of the common pitfalls. Mortgages and transfers can be very simple procedures but complex issues can sometimes arise and mistakes are easily made. These guides will help you deal with them.
So you want to have a go at your own conveyancing? First you should read about the risks, then if you're still happy to proceed, our guides will take you through each stage of the process telling you what to look out for and helping you avoid falling into expensive traps. Our subscription service will give you access to all of the documents you should need for your conveyancing and we can even supply you with the Land Registry Official Copies you'll need. Our general guides will cover all the obstacles you are likely to face and offer a practical solution. Have a look at our sale and purchase guides too.
A big part of the conveyancing process is the conveyancing searches. This section tells you all about them. What they are, how and when to order them and how to interpret the results. Each search has its own guide and you'll see they are separated into Standard (should be done in every case), Regional (area specific) and Optional (not essential but often useful tools for the would be purchaser). All buyers should beware that when you buy a property, the law assumes that you have seen the information that would have been revealed by searches whether or not you have actually carried them out, so you buy the property subject to the results.
Using a conveyancer to handle your conveyancing will greatly reduce the risk to you and sometimes, particularly if you are taking out a new mortgage, you will have no choice but to instruct a conveyancer. The good news is it doesn't have to break the bank. Get a free, instant quote here. We can also help with quick easy quotes for other moving related services.
Are you looking for the documents you'll need for your conveyancing transaction? Or official copies of the title or other documents from Land Registry. We can help you. Follow the links below.
I am acting for myself in respect of my house sale but have an interdependent purchase being handled by a solicitor. In order to protect my interests I need to careful to undertake the process of exchange in the correct order i.e.: receive my purchasers’ signed contact and confirm that their deposit has been paid then complete the exchange on my purchase before sending my signed contract to my purchasers solicitor. It would be more convenient if I could send my signed contract on sale by post the day before exchange but 'held to my order' but does that have any legal standing when stated by a non solicitor?
Yes because a solicitor will be holding the contract to your order. You need to be careful here though if you need to be able to move into the property you are. Utica g on completion of your sale. When a client has a sale and purchase which are dependent on each other the process is that the solicitor will obtain a "release" of the contract on the sale, will exchange on the purchase then go back and exchange on the sale. In your case, post your sale contract to the buyer's solicitor then telephone him when you know he has it and get him to go through the terms to make sure the two contracts are identical (you will eventually be doing a reverse formula A exchange, reverse because normally you would have both contracts and the deposit but you being a non-solicitor this isn't practical). You then ask him for a release to a certain time that same working day. Let's say the time is 4pm. Taking a release does not mean you have exchanged on your sale but it does mean that provided you call the solicitor back before 4pm he has to exchange with you. So you go off and exchange on your purchase (or your solicitor does) and then once that is done you call the buyer's solicitor back and complete the exchange. In this way you avoid the risk of exchanging on your sale then being unable to exchange on your purchase. It is essential that you get back to the buyer's solicitor before the release expires, otherwise he doesn't have to exchange with you but you will have exchanged on your purchase.