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Buying a house in London
Located in the southeast of England, London is a thriving global city and the beating heart of the United Kingdom. It has a population of just under 9 million people, with a property market that’s booming. The sheer size of London means there’s an almost endless range of property types and settings on offer, from bustling centrally-located apartments to detached and semi-detached houses in its leafy suburbs. At My Home Move Conveyancing, we’ve been developing our knowledge of markets like London’s since 2001, enabling us to bring our clients in the city a specialist, fixed fee conveyancing service.
If you want to buy or sell property in London, you need to instruct property lawyers to complete the legal work for you.
At My Home Move Conveyancing, we apply our award winning customer service, innovative use of technology and intimate knowledge of the local market to bring you a professional conveyancing service. It always comes for a fixed fee, so you’ll know what you’re going to pay from the offset. There are no hidden charges or extra fees when you choose us to be your London conveyancers, so you’ll always get peace of mind. And if you don’t end up completing for any reason, our ‘no completion – no fee’ policy means you won’t need to pay us a thing.
We’ll assign you a dedicated conveyancer who’ll oversee the entire process, taking care of all aspects of your case from beginning to end and providing you with a consistent point of contact. You’ll be provided regular updates on progress, and can check up on things 24 hours a day using your online account. We’re proud to provide our conveyancing services in London to homebuyers across the city, including central spots in the Cities of London and Westminster, further out in hubs like Wembley and Croydon, as well as spots close to the M25 such as Watford and Romford.
The average house price in London is £673,444, while the overall average sale price in the city during the past year was lower than this at £613,457. Most sales involved flats, which went for an average of £493,767. Terraced properties fetched £703,917, with detached homes selling for £1,069,062.
Due to its sheer size, there are 32 local authorities responsible for properties in London. The city is divided into boroughs, which will have separate council headquarters and will set their own council tax charges. These 32 authorities are:
• Kensington and Chelsea
• Tower Hamlets
• Kingston upon Thames
• Richmond upon Thames
• Waltham Forest
The local area
This bustling metropolis is among the most famous cities on the planet. Its origins date as far back as 1,000BC, founded by iron age tribes, but it was the Romans who named the city ‘Londinium’ and laid the groundwork for the city we see today. It’s conveniently located in the southeast of England, sprawling across both sides of the river Thames and following it right out towards its estuary.
While vast, its many parks and commons make it an incredibly livable and surprisingly leafy city, so it’s no wonder its property market is booming. There’s always something happening in London, with no end of activities to satisfy tourists and residents alike.
Due to its size and convenient location, London’s transport links are second to none. The London Underground connects much of the city; with its 11 lines and 270+ stations, few corners of the city are far from a stop. Even in those areas without a stop, heavy rail services provide a constant service into central London, where connecting services can be used to reach every corner of Britain, and even the continent via the channel tunnel. There are also more localised transport networks, such as the Croydon Tramlink and the DLR (Docklands Light Railway), while bus services are frequent, and the M25 motorway provides orbital access to the city by road.
There are a great range of primary and secondary schools located throughout the London area. It’s also a hub for higher education, with a huge number of specialised colleges and academies, while it’s universities are among the world’s best. These include Imperial College London, the University of London and the University of Westminster.
Established in 2001, we exclusively deal with the legal side of moving home. Last year alone, through our experienced conveyancers, we helped nearly 50,000 customers have a hassle-free experience. We are a truly national company, having completed transactions in each of the 109 postcode areas in England and Wales.
Our promise to you…
We understand that moving house can be stressful. So we make sure everything we do makes the process as easy and efficient as possible. We’ll give you an all inclusive fixed quote from the start so there won’t be any surprises. The price only changes if your instructions do.
You’ll have access to our unique, easy to use, online case management service to track your case. And dedicated conveyancing experts who’ll be on hand to guide you through the whole process.
We know you’re busy, so we’re open 8am until 8pm most weekdays, and open at weekends too!
Finally, if your move falls through, through no fault of your own, we won’t charge you a penny in legal fees.
Multiple industry awards
See why our unique conveyancing service (My Home Move and its wholly owned law firm) has been recognised as an industry leading, award-winning conveyancing company.
Best Legal Services Provider
Future of Legal Services Innovation
Most Innovative Use of Technology
Best Conveyancing Provider
National Conveyancing Firm of the Year
Best Legal Services Provider
Once you have your offer accepted, it’s time to get the ball rolling on legally transferring the ownership to you. Here’s how we do things at My Home Move Conveyancing.
First, your estate agents will send us a copy of the Memorandum of sale, which provides the details of the property, the amount offered and the name of the sellers and buyers and their conveyancers. You will be asked to complete your details and provide to us your instructions along with primary ID such as a passport or driving licence and proof of residence in the form of a bank statement/utility bill.
If you are selling a house, you will need a Conveyancer to act for you – that’s where we come in!
You will be asked by us to complete your details and provide your instructions along with primary ID such as a passport or driving licence and proof of residence in the form of a bank statement/utility bill. You will also be asked to fill in a Property Information form including some specific details about the property, its boundaries, any alterations to the property etc. If you have any additional paperwork such as planning permissions or notices, then these will be required by us to send with the contract papers. We will also ask you to complete a Fixtures, Fittings and Contents form to say what you will be taking and leaving behind. If the property is leasehold, you will be asked for information about who you pay ground rent and services charges to…
After we have received your instructions to act we will check the legal issues and title to your property to ensure it offers a satisfactory security for your new lender, as this is the essence of a mortgage.
We will also check the amounts outstanding on any current mortgage registered on the property as these will have to be repaid at completion. The amounts will be confirmed with you.
Usually, we will not carry out Local, Drainage or Mining (if appropriate) searches as we will put in place an insurance which will protect your lender. This is less expensive for you and quicker. Some lenders still require that searches are made and will not rely on insurance. If this is the case the searches will have to be made and the cost will show on the Financial Statement sent to you.
At about the same time that you receive your Mortgage Offer we receive a copy together with the lender’s instructions to act for them. We will consider the Offer to ensure that we do those things required of us as the solicitors and to check what other conditions have to be satisfied.
We will then send you the Mortgage Deed to sign and any other documentation that may be required by your lender. We shall need to have this back from you as soon as possible and certainly by the day before we complete. Otherwise there will be a delay.
You need to check that the Mortgage Offer is acceptable to you. For example, is the mortgage amount and mortgage product correct? Is it the correct method of repayment? Are there any early repayment fees?
We target a completion date for 7 days after we receive our copy of the Mortgage Offer but our being able to complete depends on the terms of the Offer and any peculiarities of your transaction.
If the new mortgage amount is less than the amount we have to pay to your existing lender, we will ask for the difference from you, before the completion date.
Following completion we deal with the registration formalities to ensure the mortgage security is perfected for your lender and any deeds will then be sent to your lender for safe-keeping.
Note – If your property is leasehold, we also:
Request your landlord to confirm that all ground rent, service charges and insurance premiums (if applicable) have been paid to date and that there is no known breach of the lease.
Have to approve the wording of the lease.
Have to serve on the landlord a notice of discharge of your existing mortgage and a notice that a new mortgage has been given to your new lender.
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