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Buying a house in Sussex

A historic county in South East England with a coastline along the English Channel, Sussex is nowadays divided into East Sussex and West Sussex. More than 1.6 million people live across the region as a whole, which has a wide range of housing to suit all kinds of tastes and budgets. At My Home Move Conveyancing we’ve been developing our knowledge of markets like the one in Sussex since 2001, allowing us to bring a specialist, fixed fee conveyancing service to our clients in the area.

If you want to buy or sell property in Sussex, you’ll have to instruct property lawyers to complete the legal work for you.

At My Home Move Conveyancing we’ve revolutionised the customer experience by combining our robust systems with unrivalled experience and passionate customer service. Choose us as your Sussex conveyancers and take advantage of our award winning, market-leading service. For complete peace of mind, we offer a ‘no completion – no fee’ policy, so if you don’t end up moving for some reason, you won’t have to pay us a penny in legal fees.

We assign a dedicated conveyancer to each of our clients, who’ll look after your case from start to finish. You’ll have regular updates on your progress, as well as online access to your account. At My Home Move Conveyancing, we adopt an energetic, positive approach to everything we do, and take pride in getting things right first time round. We’re pleased to provide our conveyancing services in Sussex to homebuyers across region, whether you’re looking to be in a seaside town like Brighton, Eastbourne or Worthing, or in an inland spot such as Crawley or Horsham.

Local statistics

During the past year the overall average price of properties sold in Sussex was £339,025, with flats involved in the most sales at an average of £215,129. Detached houses went for £503,953 with terraced properties fetching £311,913.

Essential info

The local authorities responsible for properties are East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council. They can be contacted at the following addresses and phone numbers:

East Sussex County Council
County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1UE
Phone: 0345 608 0190

West Sussex County Council
County Hall
West Street
Chichester
PO19 1RQ
Phone: 01243 777 100

The local area

The local area

Sussex derives its name from the Old English words to describe the South Saxons, a Germanic tribe that occupied the region in the fifth and sixth centuries. It’s little wonder this part of England proved such a popular place to live, with its rolling green countryside and coastal scenery which includes the chalk hills of the South Downs. The county was split into two in 1974, giving way to East and West Sussex, although the term Sussex is still widely used to describe the area as a whole.

There are generally good transport links across Sussex, whether you’re catching the train to London from Brighton, or travelling along the coast between places like Eastbourne and Worthing. The M23 is the only motorway in the region, which heads north towards the M25 ring road and London. When it’s time to go on holiday, Gatwick Airport is in the northeastern reaches of West Sussex.

For families with children, there’s a huge number of schools across Sussex, which operates a two-tier education system. The local education authorities that look after the region are the East and West Sussex County Councils, and Brighton and Hove City Council. Notable schools include the Prebendal School which can point to over 900 years’ worth of history, while the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton and the University of Chichester are among the options for higher education.

About us

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…

Fixed fee

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.

Instant access

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.

Opening hours to suit you

We know you’re busy, so we’re open 8am until 8pm most weekdays, and open at weekends too!

No move, no legal fee

Finally, if your move falls through, through no fault of your own, we won’t charge you a penny in legal fees.

Reviews

  • Kyle & Megan

    12/10/2018

    Bina has been absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Very professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful!! I cannot praise her and her team enough for how great their customer service is. I would not hesitate to recommend to all friends and family. Bina has helped make this a stress-free experience and explained things thoroughly and understandably, which has been a great help to me and my partner being first time buyers. Completed within 6 weeks from start to finish - FANTASTIC!!! We collect our keys today! Thank you Bina & the rest of your team. 10+++
    5 Star Rating
  • Karl Ryding

    12/10/2018

    Zo has been amazing throughout this house sale. We were acting on behalf of my Mother-in-law who had to leave her family home due to ill health. The support we received from Zo was instrumental in ensuring it went through as quickly as possible without any problems. All questions/requests via email,phone call or via the companies easy to use website were answered in a timely manner. I would recommend this company and especially Zo to anyone thinking of moving home.
    5 Star Rating
  • David Mawby

    12/10/2018

    Vikki has been excellent and we so happy with the service we have received from her and My Home Move Conveyancing. I would highly recommend their services to friends and family!
    5 Star Rating
  • Andrew

    15/10/2018

    Efficient and much easier than having to keep going to a solicitors office to sign papers, you can move things forward in real time. Very little has to be posted, most things can be uploaded. They are always available to speak to and very professional. Danielle and Hayley who were my two dedicated conveyencors were excellent. Used twice and would always now use.
    5 Star Rating
  • Tania and Dave

    18/12/2018

    The whole process from start to end was efficient and professional. We were particularly impressed with Vikki Keith, easy to access and always willing to answer any questions we had. She also ensured we were kept informed through out the process. Will not hesitate to use the service again when we purchase our next house.
    5 Star Rating

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 Conveyancing Firm
Future of Legal Services Innovation
Best Legal Services Provider
Best Use Of Technology
Best Conveyancing Provider
National Conveyancing Firm of the Year

Manage your move

How it works

How it works

Our innovative online case management system, eWay, allows you to keep track of your progress, make payments and complete documentation 24/7 via a smartphone, PC or tablet. Or you can download our iOS and Android app. Watch the video below for more information.

Buying

Buying

As soon as your offer has been accepted, your estate agents will send us a copy of the Memorandum of Sale, giving us the details of the property, the offer and the seller.

It’s likely that you have already spoken with a mortgage provider and possibly even received an offer in principle – a statement to say how much the mortgage company is prepared to lend you. Now it’s time to turn the offer in principle into a solid offer. You’ll need to let the mortgage company know that you have made an offer, how much the offer is and give them the property details.

You might also want to consider getting a survey done. This will vary in price depending on whether you opt for a basic survey, known as a homebuyer’s report, or a full structural survey (which is strongly recommended if you’re looking at an old or listed building).

We will request the contract pack from the seller’s conveyancer and we will also order any relevant searches e.g. Local Authority, Drainage, Environmental or Coal mining. We will raise enquiries with the seller’s conveyancer, and we will send you a report. This will contain information about the title and a preliminary draft of the contract for you to sign. You should read the contract carefully, sign it and return it to us.

When your mortgage lender makes an offer, they will send us a copy. This is so we can check through any special conditions and verify whether the details held by the lender are correct. We will send you a report and some paperwork for signing.

Once any outstanding issues with the searches, mortgage and enquiries are resolved, we're going to need your deposit.

Usually the contract will stipulate that a deposit of 10 per cent of the purchase price passes from the buyer’s conveyancer to the seller’s conveyancer. This is a financial deterrent to stop buyers pulling out of a deal between exchange and completion. If a buyer pulled out at this stage they would forfeit the full 10 per cent deposit to the seller.

If you are buying and selling simultaneously we would normally use the deposit received from your purchaser to pass on to your seller, and the same will happen all the way along the chain. Even if a reduced deposit is paid on exchange, the full ten per cent becomes immediately payable in the unlikely event of completion being delayed.

When the contracts have been exchanged you have reached the point of no return. You are legally obliged to buy your new home and your seller is legally obliged to sell it to you, on the set completion date.

On the day of completion we will send the balance of the purchase price, including the money received from your mortgage lender, to the seller’s conveyancer by telegraphic transfer. Once this has been received by them we will call you to let you know that you can pick up the keys (which are usually with the estate agent).
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Selling

Selling

As soon as a sale has been agreed, your estate agents will send us a copy of the Memorandum of Sale, giving us the details of the offer and the buyer. If we've already got your completed starter pack we'll obtain a copy of the title and send a draft contract to the buyer's conveyancer. We'll also a send a copy of the draft contract for you to sign.

You need to sign this copy of the draft contract and return it to us. If there is anybody else living with you who isn't named on the title, they will need to sign the contract too. This is to show that they agree to move out on completion.

If you have a mortgage on your existing property, we will contact the lender to obtain a redemption statement. And if you have any additional loans secured on your existing property, we'll also need to contact those lenders.

Once the buyer's conveyancer has checked through the draft contract, and the associated paperwork, they will contact us to raise enquiries. We will answer their questions from the information you provide in the starter pack. But we might need to give you a ring to discuss some of the questions.

When all the details are sorted we will agree a completion date and will exchange contracts with the buyer's conveyancer. This is when it all becomes legally binding. Once contracts are exchanged both seller and buyer are legally obliged to complete on the date set.

If your buyer has paid a deposit this can't be released to you until completion. Depending on how the contract was negotiated, this deposit will be held by us or by the buyer's conveyancer.

Now that we have a completion date, we can get an exact final redemption statement from your existing mortgage lender (and for any other loans you might have secured on the property).

On the completion date, the buyer's conveyancer will send us the balance of the sale price by telegraphic transfer. As soon as the funds reach our account, the transaction has completed and you will need to be out of the property. We will send your signed transfer and title deeds (if there are any) to your buyer's conveyancer.

We will pay the balance outstanding on your existing mortgage (and repay any other loans you might have secured on the property). At this point we will take our fees out of the proceeds and also pay your estate agent's fees. The next working day, we will send the balance (whatever's left from the sale price after redeeming loans and mortgages, and paying the legal fees) by telegraphic transfer to your designated account.
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Remortgaging

Remortgaging

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.

Get in touch

Quotation team

If you would like to discuss a quotation you have received please call our Quotation Team on 0333 234 4425

Quotation team opening times

Monday - Friday

9am - 5pm

Conveyancing team

If you would like to speak to someone about your case please call 0333 234 4396

Conveyancing team opening Times

Monday - Thursday

8am - 8pm

Friday

8am - 7pm

Saturday

9am - 4pm

Sunday

10am - 3pm

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