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Samantha Houlden

Partner, Head of Residential Conveyancing East Real Estate

About me

Although property law wasn’t my first choice of practice area, I love the wide variety of property transactions I get involved in. I have a vast amount of experience in all aspects of non-contentious property law, including a full range of residential and commercial property related matters. This means that no two days are the ever same.

I act for a variety of individual and corporate residential and commercial clients. This gives me exposure to a hugely diverse range of people, some of whom are going through one of the most stressful experiences a person can encounter and, therefore, it’s important that my approach and advice is tailored to meet each individual client’s needs. My role can be extremely challenging at times but delivering pragmatic solutions and exceeding client’s expectations is what I enjoy most about the work I do.

My clients say I am approachable, responsive and accessible. They are often surprised when they receive an email or telephone call from me outside of office hours or over the weekend. I listen to what my clients need and do what I can to make their transaction as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Property guidance leads to high praise from clients

Buying a property is often tricky - but going through the process and deciding that it may not be the right decision after all can be even more difficult. That’s what happened to Frances and Bryan, who turned to real estate lawyer Samantha Houlden for help when moving house. When the proposed purchase became problematic, they decided the move was not for them. They followed Samantha’s guidance and were able to wait until they found the perfect property. They said: “We just wanted to thank you for the work you completed in relation to our recent house move and, in particular, your support when things with our proposed purchase were a little tricky. “We are so pleased that we didn’t pursue the purchase of the apartment and we have now found a property to rent which will give us the opportunity to live back in Cambridge and make sure that this is where we want to eventually buy a property.” Samantha said: “Buying a property is often a stressful experience. I’m pleased that Frances and Bryan made a decision which suited their needs and that I was able to guide them through the process. I wish them every luck in finding their perfect home in the future.”
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If you buying or selling a home, instruct your solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity so that they can review your paperwork and flag anything which could be an issue - this will help your transaction proceed as smoothly as possible.

Try not to agree unrealistic timescales – this just leads to everyone feeling disappointed and frustrated.

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How long will it take to complete my purchase?

This depends on a number of things, including how quickly your mortgage application is processed and your offer is issued, how quickly your survey is undertaken, the turnaround time for your search results, the complexity of the chain but, most importantly, efficiency of the other parties in the chain act – the chain can only move forward when everyone is ready.

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