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Process of London Property Buying

Many of our buyers are relocating from overseas, and may not be familiar with the process of buying a house in London. So here’s a quick guide to help show you the way.

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Your property negotiator will send you property details based on your needs, including properties that are on the market and those which are not. As you review, make sure to ask questions: your designated agent will be trained, experienced and happy to help. We will also advise you on the tenure; the differences between freehold and leasehold.

View properties

We accompany you on viewings at a convenient time for you, so you can take in the property, ask questions and get a feel for the area.

Make an offer

We will advise you on a fair price as you make an offer, and guide you as you organise finance — speed is often the best way to make the deal happen.

Legal, searches and surveys

Once your offer is accepted you will need to instruct a reputable solicitor – we will be happy to make a recommendation. They will carry out local searches to check the legal paperwork. This is the best time to organise a survey and bank valuation.

Contracts and completion

When the legal work is done and your finance is in order, you can exchange contracts and pay a deposit, which is usually 10% of the agreed price. A date is now set for completing the sale, which is commonly 28 days from exchanging contracts. Finally, you can celebrate and move into you new home!

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