Navigating the Conveyancing Process

Navigating the Conveyancing Process: Your FAQs Answered

The process of buying or selling a home is both exciting and complex, with emotions flying high. Amidst the excitement of finding your dream property or finalising a sale, the conveyancing process stands as a crucial phase that requires attention and understanding.

Your Key 2 Conveyancing team is here to address some common questions to help you navigate this process with confidence – without the unnecessary jargon!

“How long is this going to take?”

The duration of the conveyancing process can vary, typically ranging from 8 to 12 weeks. However, several factors, such as property type, mortgage approval, and legal complexities such as leasehold arrangements, can influence the timeline. It’s in both our interests to complete this process quickly and successfully for you. Rest assured, our team is dedicated to a timely and efficient process while ensuring all the legal details are covered.

“What are the stages of buying a house?”

Understanding the stages of a property transaction is essential for a smooth process.

  1. Offer Acceptance: Upon acceptance of your offer by the seller, the conveyancing process commences.
  2. Conveyancing Instruction: You engage a conveyancer to handle the legal aspects of the transaction.
  3. Pre-Contract Stage: Your solicitor conducts thorough searches and enquiries to ensure legal compliance and identify any potential issues.
  4. Exchange of Contracts: Both parties sign and exchange contracts, at this point the transaction is legally binding and you are committed to the purchase.
  5. Completion: The final step involves the transfer of funds and legal formalities, concluding in the transfer of property ownership.

“What do solicitors actually do for me when I am buying or selling a house?”

Solicitors play an essential role in the conveyancing process, offering comprehensive legal support.

  • They provide expert advice and guidance, ensuring you understand your rights and obligations.
  • Solicitors manage all legal documentation, including contracts and property searches, legal boundaries, finding  out key points about your new home, to facilitate a smooth transactions.
  • They coordinate with the other side and where applicable your lender and/or management company on your behalf, addressing any issues that may arise during the process and making sure that your interests are protected.
  • On completion day, solicitors oversee the transfer of funds and ensure all legal formalities such as the transfer of title are completed accurately.

“What Can Slow Down the Timeline?”

  • Mortgage Approval: The time taken to secure a mortgage offer varies based on lender requirements and your financial situation.
  • Property Characteristics: Factors such as property type (e.g., new builds) and leasehold arrangements may introduce additional complexities.
  • Remortgaging Considerations: While remortgaging typically involves fewer steps than a purchase, it still requires thorough legal checks and documentation.