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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.
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.
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
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.
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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If you would like to discuss a quotation you have received please call our Quotation Team on
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If you would like to speak to someone about your case please call our Conveyancing Team on
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