Winter can be a great time to buy and sell property – buyers can grab a bargain and sellers can take advantage of the market downtime by securing a deal while others are putting their plans on hold over the holidays. Whether you’re buying or selling, here are our top tips for making the best of the property market in the new year.
First things first, get in touch with your solicitor to discuss your options and get a free conveyancing quote to kickstart your search.
Next, make sure your paperwork is in order and speed up the process by working closely with your solicitor. Thorough preparation can help you to save money on moving house and reduce the risk of delays or offers falling through.
If you’re searching for a new home, make sure you’ve budgeted properly for the costs of moving house and are in the best position to make an offer when you find your perfect place – for example getting a secured mortgage agreement and carrying out all the appropriate searches and surveys. First time buyers can also take advantage of the recent scrapping of stamp duty for properties under £300,000.
In all cases, keep an open mind – you might need to look outside your ideal area, consider properties above your budget (or accept offers under your asking price), and have patience if the market is a little slow. Keep researching, keep in touch with your estate agent, and use word-of-mouth to spread the word about your situation in case a friend of a friend happens to be selling the perfect property or looking to buy in your area.
Check out our list of Property FAQs to help you prepare and make the best of your situation, whether you’re buying, selling, letting, or investing. And speak to one of our expert property solicitors for a free online conveyancing quote to get you started! We have over 50 years’ experience in helping people climb the property ladder in the Thames Valley and beyond – let us deal with the legal issues so you can focus on picking out new furniture and settling into your ideal home…
Frances Lindsay & Co offer legal services across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, including Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Henley, Maidenhead, Marlow, and Windsor. Get in touch at www.franceslindsay.co.uk, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01628 634667.
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