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 PROPERTY 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 £399 and £999 that is payable on application. The amount we will charge is dependent on the amount of research and administration required. We reserve the right to charge a subsequent fee of £99 for each further application that may be required.
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 available 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?
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.
There are a number of costs to consider when buying a property such as mortgage fees, broker 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?
Stamp duty land tax is a tax paid by the buyer on residential properties over £125,000 [under current tax year 2017/2018]
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.
Exchange of contracts is the point at which you are legally bound to buy the house and nobody can back out of the transaction.
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
There are four different types of survey. A Condition Report is the cheapest, and is a very basic ‘traffic light’ survey suitable for homes in good condition. A HomeBuyer Report is a survey suitable for conventional properties in reasonable condition and will note any structural problems. However it doesn't look below floorboards or behind walls. The Home Condition Survey provides the same level of in-depth inspection as a building survey. A building survey is the most comprehensive survey is particularly good for older homes or homes that may need repairs.
The lender you choose may also request you have a survey if they think the property has structural problems.