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Most of us buy or sell a property in our lifetimes. Real estate law has always fascinated me, and it’s one that many people will need to access at some point. As a lawyer in this field, I enjoy the opportunity to make a big impact on people’s lives and being able to support them throughout an entire transaction from start to finish.
Whilst most of us will do it, buying a property is still one of the crowning achievements of a lifetime. It’s often the most expensive and complex purchases we will ever undertake, so I never lose sight of that whilst advising my clients. I keep them fully up to date, so even when there are bumps in the road, they can make informed decisions.
I pride myself on responsiveness, efficiency, and thoroughness. These are extremely important qualities during work on leasehold and freehold transactions, transfers of equity, assents, newbuilds and auction transactions.
Outside of work, I am a passionate runner and love spending time with friends and family.
Always have a survey done.
Make sure you are aware of all the costs involved with a property transaction.
Have realistic timeframes to avoid unnecessary stress.
How long is my transaction going to take?
The average time between instructing your solicitor and moving in is 10-12 weeks but many transactions proceed more quickly and some, more slowly!
What is the difference between exchange and completion?
A completion date is the date on which you move into your new property and vacate the old one. The agreed completion date is written into the contract and exchange of contracts is the point at which the seller and buyer agree to commit themselves unconditionally to the transaction.
Do I have any comeback on my seller once I have moved in?
Generally not. If things don’t work you will be liable. You should always therefore check that all appliances, central heating, and other systems are in good working order before you commit to exchange of contracts. If damage has been caused to the property you may be entitled to compensation and if the seller leaves furniture or rubbish at the property they are in breach of contract because ‘vacant possession’ has not been given.