Buying Process
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Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions a person can make. It can be a stressful and complex process, but there are certain steps you can follow to make it as smooth as possible.

Firstly, make sure you are dealing with a qualified and licensed estate agent such as Leek & Weston. This is a sign that you are dealing with a reputable, professional and respected estate agent who keeps up to date with the latest developments in the residential market; look for the Licensed NAEA logo.

Here are some useful tips which will help make the buying process easier:

Find out how much you can borrow

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Before you begin your search for that ‘dream’ property, you need to have an idea of how much you can borrow. Don't stretch to more than you can comfortably afford in monthly repayments and remember to keep some money to meet the cost of stamp duty and other fees, and to furnish your new home.

It is important you get information about the different mortgages on offer. As an NAEA member we are able to offer our buyers a free online mortgage finder, offering the latest deals from the whole of the market, which will enable you to search for mortgage products that suit your individual requirements and provide access to telephone support from mortgage experts.

Decide what type of property you want

Now you know how much you can borrow, what type of property are you looking for? What type of property do you want; an apartment/flat, a terraced house, a cottage, semi-detached or detached?

How many bedrooms? Do you need off-street parking, a garage, or a garden? Are local schools, shops or easy access to roads for work important? 

Starting the search

Having decided what you want in a property you can now start searching, complete our Contact Form or register online on our website. If you see a property that interests you, give us a call: 01443 492229 or by email: enquiries@leekandweston.com to arrange a viewing.

Making an offer

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When you have found the property you want you will need to make an offer. Once a purchase price has been agreed we will need to confirm that you are able to proceed with the purchase and provide evidence that you can secure a mortgage or, if a cash buyer, have proof of funds.




Starting the conveyancing

We are able to offer our clients the benefit of an online conveyancing service with our partner. convey law

They can be contacted on our dedicated telephone number: 03304 450564 or by email: leekandweston@conveylaw.com

Exchange

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Once your conveyancer has completed all the searches and checks you'll be asked to sign a contract legally committing you to the purchase. You will also need to pay the deposit for the property and agree a date to complete the sale.

Book your removal van

making an offer

Remember to book your removal van in good time to clear the property you are selling by the agreed date and time for completion of the sale. You will not have access to your new property until the keys are released upon completion.

Buildings Insurance

Make sure you have buildings insurance. Your mortgage lender will require you to have buildings insurance in place, and the amount of insurance cover will normally be the 'rebuilding' cost of your property.

Completion

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This is when the property finally becomes yours; when we have received confirmation from the seller’s conveyancer that the sale is completed. You can either arrange to meet the seller to collect the keys to your new home or, if they have been left with us, you can collect them from our office.

Should you require information on mortgages.

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Should you require a conveyancing quote.

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We can be contacted on our dedicated telephone number: 03304 450564 or by email: leekandweston@conveylaw.com

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