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Sale

There are lots of things to consider when selling your home and we’ll help you through the process - call us at the outset so that we can chat things through with you before you even put your house on the market. 

In particular, if you have a flat it’s important you contact us as soon as possible as we can try to help speed up the process for you. In the meantime, here’s a few things you should know about selling your home:

How much does it cost to sell my home?

Our average legal fee to act in the sale of a property is £561 plus vat, which amounts to £673 inclusive of vat. Please note, that our fee will be based on the sale price of the property and that it will be a fixed fee – our fees for property sales are not based on hourly rates. This is for the time that we spend and our expertise. It doesn't include payments to third parties which are commonly referred to as Disbursements

Are there any other potential costs I should be aware of?

Yes, there could be. These are called disbursements and the amount of these payments varies from property to property. They can also be affected by the property's location as well as having the potential to be significantly more than the ranges given below. 

In addition, they can change occasionally whilst a transaction is in progress. An example of this might be that the Government introduces changes to SDLT when its makes a budget statement and the changes are often immediately effective with little or no opportunity to avoid. 

The notice fees are set by the management company/freeholder and we have no control over these charges. We'll notify you of the amounts before they're incurred and will advise you if we become aware of any change.

  • Land Registry fees: These are fees payable to the Government Land Registry to obtain up to date copies of the registers of your property and copies of any deeds that they hold that are of interest to a buyer, such as a Lease. The cost of obtaining these depends on the number of documents involved, but is usually between £6 and £20. Vat isn't payable
  • Freeholders/Managers Information fees: These are fees charged by a freeholder or manager of your property to provide information required by your buyer. Sometimes the information is provided free of charge – for example, in the case of a house, all that may be required would be a receipt for the ground rent. However, a freeholder and/or manager of a leasehold flat might charge between £100 and £300 plus vat for providing all the information that a buyer might require. If such a fee arises in this case of your property we'll advise you once this is known and will ask you to pay the fee to us so that we can obtain the information and pass it to your buyer



How does Russell & Russell provide a conveyancing quotation for my sale?

We always provide a written quotation at the outset of a transaction, based on the information provided to us at that time so that you know where you stand and to ensure that there’s no misunderstanding between us at a later time.

In the case of residential conveyancing, we’re usually able to offer a fixed fee for our time. We’ll quote a fixed fee for the work normally undertaken in a standard case and will include a list of additional fixed fees that we would charge if you require additional work to be undertaken. Examples of this would be arranging a Title Indemnity Policy, Help To Buy ISA, preparing a Trust Deed or dealing with a Deed of Covenant. We may also be prepared to work on a “No Sale No Fee” basis – please ask about this if it’s of interest to you.

We’ll always honour the fixed fee unless the information relied upon by us at the time of the estimate was incorrect, or it subsequently becomes apparent that there’s an issue that will significantly affect the amount of time that has to be spent. In either case, we’ll notify you of any such development before we proceed further.

Examples of circumstances that might change the cost would be if the property is a flat, not a house as you initially informed us. Or, if a lease extension is required or if the ownership is defective and remedial action is needed.

For a free quote and breakdown of related disbursements known at this time please use our quote enquiry form.

In addition to receiving instructions direct from buyers and sellers, we also work alongside brokers, referrers and property agents who refer clients to us. If we have agreed to pay to them a referral fee for recommending us to act for you, then we’ll disclose the amount to you and we’ll pay the amount involved to the referrer out of our fee.

Who pays the mortgage off on the property I’m selling?

As your solicitor, we’ll deal with the repayment of any outstanding mortgages due on your property. The balance of what’s left over, minus your estate agent fees and other associated costs relating to the property, will then be paid to you.

How long does the conveyancing process take?

Unfortunately, nobody can say for sure how long the process will take – every transaction has its own different circumstances. The length of the chain of properties, the type of transaction and the speed at which other parties involved in the transaction work will all be relevant. Furthermore, if a new mortgage is required by one or more parties involved, that can also cause delay as, generally speaking, mortgages appear to be taking longer than people expect.

For a straightforward purchase or sale transaction, completion should take place within 8-12 weeks of instructing a conveyancer, provided it’s not subject to any major hold ups. However, the longer a chain, the more likely there will be delay; if one party or property causes delay, it will affect all of the transactions in the chain.

Generally speaking, where a flat is involved, rather than a house, the transaction is likely to take longer because of the additional legal work involved.

What are the key stages of the conveyancing sale process?

You should instruct us once you go to the market so that we can be prepared and ready to take action immediately you receive an acceptable offer. Once you have accepted an offer and instructed your conveyancer to proceed there are several steps which must be completed before you can hand over the keys to the new owners. The key stages included in our prices are:

  • You instruct your conveyancer and the usual Identity and Anti Money Laundering checks are undertaken
  • Title deeds, mortgage redemption figures (if you have a mortgage) and replies to property information questionnaires are gathered from you
  • A Contract pack is prepared and supplied to the buyer’s conveyancer to check and then raise any pre-contract enquiries
  • The necessary conveyancing searches and checks are carried out by the buyer's conveyancer, which may give rise to further enquiries that you may need to assist in answering. These tend to be more complex for leasehold or managed properties
  • Once the buyer has everything in place – including a mortgage and an offer to exchange on any related sale – the buyer will offer to exchange contracts with you
  • In anticipation of this we'll arrange for you to sign a copy of the contract and will obtain and check your mortgage redemption statement to ensure there is enough money to redeem your mortgage
  • A completion date is agreed between you and the buyer and the contracts are exchanged by the parties’ conveyancers during a telephone conversation. Once contracts are exchanged you're legally obliged to go through with the sale on the agreed completion date and the buyer has a similar commitment – supported by the buyer’s deposit. You should insure the property from this point unless it is a flat insured under a joint policy. Now is a good time to book a removal firm if you haven’t already done so
  • Any deposit paid at exchange of contracts will usually be under your conveyancers control pending completion of the sale
  • A transfer deed and completion form will be received from the buyer’s conveyancer. Once these are approved and signed by all parties, a completion statement will be prepared by us and sent to you for approval 
  • The buyer's conveyancer will carry out final pre-completion searches and obtain the purchase monies from the buyer and any mortgage provider
  • On the day of completion the buyers’ conveyancer sends the purchase monies to our bank account. When the monies are received the transaction is complete and your conveyancer will attend to redemption of your mortgage and will notify you that all has satisfactorily completed, and that you may hand over the keys (and other essential information) to the new owners of your home
  • Following completion your conveyancer will attend to the distribution of the balance sale proceeds available for payment to you by transferring funds to your bank account. Time permitting, this will be dealt with on the day

What's exchange?

When the seller’s solicitors and the buyer’s solicitors exchange contracts, the parties to the contract become legally bound to sell or buy the property.

What's completion?

It’s the date when ownership of the property is transferred from the seller to the buyer and, if you’re the seller, you need to move out. The completion day can take place on any working day (Monday to Friday) and it’s also the day the keys get handed over.

Will I need the original deeds to sell my house?

No. As long as your property is registered with the Land Registry (most properties in England and Wales are) your solicitor can still act for you even without original deeds. Even if your property is leasehold, we should be able to obtain a copy of the Lease from the Land Registry but there’s a charge from the Land Registry for that so if you do have a copy it’s preferable.

Will I have a direct contact number and email for my conveyancer?

Yes, we’ll let you know the name and direct contact details of who’s dealing with your case when you become our client.

What happens if I need to speak to someone out of office hours?

We operate an out of hours, seven days a week service so you can speak to us in the evening or at weekend if you need to. The number to call is 07884 067 920.

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