The procedures associated with transferring the ownership of land, flats and houses from one owner to another are in a state of change. AR Brown & Co has been actively following the rapidly changing Conveyancing practices. We utilise our extensive practical knowledge to ensure that every Conveyancing transaction is carried out in an accurate and yet time-efficient manner. Our Conveyancing team makes use of their experience to ensure that a good and marketable title to the land is secured / sold and there are no factors which would impede a mortgage or re-sale.

AR Brown & Co also offers specialist advice on issues like inheritance tax implications of co-ownership and insuring the property. Our Solicitors and Conveyancers work closely with our Family Law Department, which provides the unique combination of skill and knowledge required in the sale and purchase of properties resulting from divorce or separation of couples.

The Residential Conveyancing services we provide are:

  • Freehold residential property sales and purchases
  • Leasehold residential property sales and purchases
  • Equity release mortgages
  • Shared ownership property transactions (part purchase, part rent)
  • Transfer of equity (transfers from joint names to single or single to joint)
  • New leases
  • Lease Extensions and enfranchisement
  • Mortgages and remortgages
  • Transfers of existing leasehold properties
  • Key worker leases
  • Declarations of trust
  • Part exchange properties

 

Residential Conveyancing

Buying a home is one of the most important events in your life for you and your family. Cost is always a factor when it comes to choosing which solicitor to instruct to look after your conveyancing needs and we strive to provide excellent service for the very best value.  You can be rest assured that at AR Brown & Co your case will be handled by or supervised by an experienced and qualified solicitor.

Our business comes mainly from honest recommendations which are based on the quality of the service we offer.

We do not believe in paying estate agents referral fees in return for client leads.

Buying a property, how long will it take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you move into your new home will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8 to 12 weeks. This time period can be quicker or slower depending on the parties in the chain and the length of the chain. For example, if you are buying a property with no chain (i.e. you do not have to sell a property and the seller is not buying a property) then in principle it could take 4 to 6 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer between approximately 5 to 7 months. In such a situation additional charges could apply.

Stages involved in buying a property

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a property vary according to the circumstances of the matter, however below are some of the key stages applicable to all matters:-

1

Initial stages, documents and advice.

  • Take instructions and provide you with initial advice
  • Receive contract documents, review the document and raise additional enquiries
  • Carry out searches, the most common searches are from the local authority and water and drainage service provider
  • Obtain planning documents if necessary
  • Check finances are in place, obtain mortgage offer and contact lender’s solicitor (if necessary)
  • Give you advice on all the documents and information received from the seller’s solicitors
  • Go through the mortgage conditions with you

2

Completion

  • Send the contract to you for signature
  • Agree a completion date (which is the date from which you own the property)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from you and the lender
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Draft the Deed of Transfer
  • Arrange for the signature of the Deed of Transfer and Mortgage Deed

3

Once the purchase has been completed.

  • Complete the purchase
  • Deal with the payment of the Stamp Duty (if any)
  • Deal with the application for registration of the transfer of the property to you at the Land Registry

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