Purchasing a property
We have many years of experience in buying properties for a wide range of clients and offer quality conveyancing services at a competitive price. We have the expertise available that if an unforeseen complexity crops up, we can deal with it smoothly and efficiently. We pride ourselves on keeping our clients fully informed with the process and will communicate regularly.
Below we explain main legal and financial elements involved in buying a domestic property which we hope will be useful.
The Mortgage – Before you go house hunting you need to know how much you can afford. Most purchases are completed with a loan from a bank or building society. Some buyers may be eligible for the Scottish Government Help to Buy or LIFT Open Market Shared Equity Scheme (known as ” the LIFT scheme”) and we have acted for many clients who have bought their first home with the assistance of these schemes. We can refer you to an independent mortgage advisor who will assist in securing the best loan for your needs and circumstances.
The Deposit – Part of the price will most likely be coming from your own funds, perhaps from savings or from the sale proceeds of another property. Where you are relying on sale proceeds remember to get a reasonably accurate figure from your lender for the amount needed to pay off your current mortgage – this must be done on sale and is sometimes higher than expected.
Legal Fees and Expenses – We can provide an accurate estimate of our fees and the other anticipated expenses eg Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (otherwise LBTT) Depending on your circumstances, you might also have to pay the “second homes tax”, called the Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS). These are government taxes payable on the transaction and have to be paid immediately the transaction settles. Your title cannot be registered without paying it. Please ask if you would like more information from us on this tax liability.
Once you have seen a property you like there are several steps that can be taken to protect your interest, even if you are not quite in a position to submit an offer.
Noting interest – If you are interested in a particular property let us know and we will note your interest with the selling agent. If that is done the selling agent should tell us if another offer is received or if a closing date is to be fixed and so on.
The offer and contract “missives” – If the sellers agent is not fixing a closing date the parties are free to negotiate on the offer. A verbal offer is not binding but in some cases the negotiations will be carried out verbally with the written offer only being submitted once agreement on price is reached.
The letters forming the contract are also referred to as the missives and we will keep you fully informed as to the process and advise you of any relevant aspects of the title deeds with you during this stage of the process.
Settlement – the date of entry
Settlement will occur on the date of entry specified in the contract unless all the conveyancing matters have not been concluded. You will be made aware in advance if anything is likely to delay you moving into your new home.
After settlement a lengthy Land and Buildings Transaction Tax return must be submitted on your behalf to Revenue Scotland, even if no tax is payable for the transaction. After the transaction has been approved by Revenue Scotland, and any appropriate duty is paid, the application for registration of title is submitted to the Land Register. When registration is completed the deeds will be sent to the lender, or placed in our strongroom if there is no loan.
“Communication was very clear and responsive at all times and we signed our documents via a video conference call. Being able to proceed with key legal matters was very reassuring. All round a very positive experience in difficult times.”
Mr and Mrs J
“We are very happy with the service that has been provided by everyone at your company and we will be definitely using your services in the future as well as making recommendations to anyone we know.”
I should have sent an email earlier to thank you for all your work to make sure the settlement went through for the house (at both ends!) – we never met you in person but we both thought you were super efficient and we’re very grateful for your painstaking work on making sure that everything went through – as well as answering our emails quickly and reassuring us that all was well. It really is a great service that you provide.
Thank you very much for the summary and the prompt conclusion of the conveyancing. It’s been the most straightforward property transaction I’ve ever experienced, THANK YOU!
I am very pleased with the service you provided, always kind caring and professional. Many thanks again for everything, if I need to get in touch in the future I’ll let you know.
Thanks again for your efficiency and attention to detail. As always it has made this process stress free!!
The service you provided to us was exemplary. You were always very helpful and prompt to respond to any questions we raised and your answers were always comprehensive. Thank you for all your help and advice
Dear Pauline, thank you so much for your help and support over this last year and a half. You have been so kind and understanding at the most difficult time of my life. I really don’t think I would have coped without your help and friendship.