Exchanging contracts and completing are the final hurdles of selling your property and where things become legally binding. This is why, especially at this point, you must stay in regular contact with your solicitor to keep up with how the process is progressing. If the exchange doesn't occur then the sale isn't legal and the completion can't be actioned.
The seller’s solicitors are responsible for drafting the contracts. The exchange of the contracts usually occurs once the following has been conducted and agreed upon by both parties:
When both the buyer and seller are satisfied with the contract, both sides are required to sign the final copies and send to each other, usually through their solicitors. The agreement to buy and sell is now legally binding, and therefore neither party can pull out without usually having to pay a hefty compensation.
Once the contract is signed by both the seller and the buyer, a deposit (% of the purchase price) is paid or transferred by the buyer’s solicitor to the seller’s solicitor who then hold this deposit until the completion of the sale of your property. A completion date can then be agreed upon between the buyers and the sellers.
Having tenants already occupying the property can add time to the process. Our advice is to speak with your estate agent to ensure you carry out all necessary steps that you are responsible for. Most of these steps need to be carried out before you put your property on the market.
Completion or completing on a house is the final stage of the property sale/purchase transaction. When the seller's solicitor confirms they have received the full purchase monies you have completed. Ownership is transferred from the seller to the buyer by dating and transferring title documents.
Prior to the completion date, it is a good idea to contact your solicitor to confirm the necessary steps you need to take and confirm all the costs and payments involved.
There are just a few last steps to completion!
Residual money needs to be transferred from the buyer’s solicitor to you solicitor. Your solicitor should inform you once this is confirmed and then instruct the estate agents to release the keys. Other important things that happen at this stage:
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We make it our mission to get you moved. Howard's Buying Process is our useful guide packed full of the steps and responsibilities for a buyer, as well as hints and tips to make the process as stress-free as possible.
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