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FAQs ABOUT BUYING

Reeds Rains has nearly 150 years of experience in successfully helping people to find a property to buy. These are our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about buying property.

YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.

Our initial mortgage consultation is free. We will charge a fee between £349 and £699 on application. The amount we will charge is dependent on the amount of research and administration required.

Where is the best place to search for a property?

Approximately 95% of home movers start their property search online, so this is by far the most popular and rewarding place to begin your property buying journey. You can browse the widest number of potential properties avaialbe in your chosen location on a desktop, tablet or even mobile phone from the comfort of your armchair. On the Reeds Rains website you can you save your searches and receive email alerts of new properties - so why not register with us today?

How much can I afford to spend?

This will depend on your individual circumstances. We would recommend that you make an appointment to see a Reeds Rains mortgage adviser who can help you work out how much could afford each month for your mortgage and any associated insurance costs.

How much does it cost to buy a house?

There are a number of costs to consider when buying a property such as mortgage fees, surveys, conveyancing, removal charges, etc. Our trained mortgage advisers will be able to give you a better understanding of all moving costs - why not talk to us today?

What is stamp duty land tax?

Stamp duty land tax is a tax paid by the buyer on all properties over £125,000.

How do I know how much to offer?

You could look at recently sold, comparable property in the local area to get a feel of what property is generally selling for. Speak with the team in your local Reeds Rains branch for their opinion on your offer, and whether they believe it will be successful. They will have an idea of what the seller of the property will accept.

What does exchange of contracts mean?

Exchange of contracts is the point at which you are legally bound to buy the house and nobody can back out of the transaction.

Does offering on a property commit me to buying it?

No. You are not legally bound to buy a property in the UK until you exchange contracts, usually at the end of the sale. However, your financial adviser will be able to talk you through when your offer becomes legally binding as there are some exceptions

What are the different types of survey and what do they do?

There are three different types of survey available and depending on the age and condition of the property depends on which type would be most suitable for you. The lender you choose may also request you have a survey if they think the property has structural problems. 

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