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I am selling my house, with no ongoing purchase. The contract

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I am selling my house, with no ongoing purchase.
The contract is being sent from my solicitors today albeit very late.
Am right in thinking that if there are no pre contract enquirers it is just a matter for the purchasers to sign and send back ready for exchange.
A recent conveyance was completed in 2005 when I purchased and I am ready to confirm utility connections via recent bills.
Mt question is
1. What are the common enquiries raised on issue of the contract taking into account the above.
2. Are we in a sign and return situation (subject to pre contract enquiries)
3. How much work in hours is required to be undertaken by my solicitor to be in a position to exchange.
(I am aware of the necessity to request redemption figures)
Many thanks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hello and thanks for using Just Answer.

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I am afraid it is not just the case of your Buyer signing and returning the Contract at this stage.

The Buyers Solicitor will need ot put in hand searches, which take approx 1 week to receive. The Buyer will need to arrange a Mortgage (if applicable). If he is a cash Buyer, he will be advised to have a Survey.

Your Solicitor should be sending you a Property Information Form (PIF) (this asks various questions about the property to include the utility details/which boundaries you have maintained/are there any guarantees/has ther ebeen any extensions) and Fittings and Contents list, to complete and which is then sent on to the Buyers Solicitor.

Further enquiries which are raised by the Buyers Solicitors normally arise from the Sellers replies to the PIF, so I can't be any more specific than that.

Apart from forwarding the above documents to the Buyers Solicitor and dealing with any additional enquiries, and obtaining an up to date mortgage redemption statement, there is no other work for your Solicitor to do.

With all the goodwill in the world, it will normally take a Buyers Solicitor at least 4 weeks, from receipt of all the paperwork, to be in a position to exchange Contracts.

Once he is happy with any replies to enquiries, and he has the searches and his client's Mortgage Offer, if applicable, he will get his client signed and then needs to request a 10% deposit from him and the Buyer will also need to arrange Buildings Insurance to be put into place on the date Contracts are exchanged.

I hope this set sout the legal position to you and answers your question.

Kind Regards


Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Al thank you

to confirm -

The buyer do not require a mortgage

No searches are being applied for

Survey has been carried out

Fixtures fittings and sellers questionnaire has been completed

The contract is being sent via DX today

Assuming there are no enquiries raised and the mortgage redemption statement is available

I. Is there anything else for the solicitor to do

2. Will I need to sign the a contract prior to exchange

Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 1 year ago.

Hi Phil,

Thanks for yor reply.

The Buyers Solicitor will need to check the legal title to the property, to make sure everthing is in order. I can't of course say whether any queries will need to be raised in this regard, but normally there wouldn't be.

Subject to this, the Buyers Solicitor would then be in a postion to get their client signed up and you will also need to sign your Contract (each party signs a separate Contract). It is also good practice for your Solicitor to obtain a mortgage redemption figure, just to check there is not negative equity, as he will be under a duty to pay off your Mortgage on completion.

Provided your Buyer and his Solicitor act quickly therefore, I see no reason why

Contracts couldn't be exchanged within the next 7 days.

I hope this helps.

Kind Regards


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