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A Step by Step Guide to Buying Property

Buyers Guide from Andrew Louis

1. Arrange your Finances

1. Arrange your Finances
Unless you have massive savings, chances are that you will need a mortgage. It is therefore best to secure a mortgage with a lender before starting the search process. We can help you with this by setting up a FREE consultation with a fully Independent Mortgage Advisor.
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2. Register for Property Alerts

2. Register for Property Alerts
Once you have established what you can afford it is time to start looking for a property. Start by registering with us directly online for automatic property updates or by calling or visiting any one of our three branches in Liverpool City Centre, Old Swan or Prescot.
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3. Arrange A Viewing

3. Arrange A Viewing
With a clear understanding of your requirements you will receive a selection of properties that match your criteria. If you are interested in viewing a property, act fast and contact us straight away.
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4. Instruct a Solicitor

4. Instruct a Solicitor
Make sure you instruct a solicitor as early in the process as possible. This way once a sale is agreed, you will be in a position to get things moving quickly. We recommend you use HLS conveyancing service who use local solicitors and offer very competitive pricing with a no move, no fee offer. Obtain an instant quote.
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5. Making an Offer

5. Making an Offer
Once you have identified a suitable property we will put your offer forward to the seller both verbally and in writing stating any special conditions of the offer. You may need to demonstrate, if requested, that you are able to proceed (e.g. provide evidence of your mortgage agreed in principle).
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6. Sale Agreed

6. Sale Agreed
Once your offer is accepted we will ask you to confirm your solicitors and mortgage brokers details, prepare a memorandum of sale and then write to all parties confirming the agreed price.
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7. Survey and Mortgage Offer

7. Survey and Mortgage Offer
When the mortgage company has approved the initial mortgage application, they will instruct a survey for Mortgage purposes, to ascertain the condition and value of the property. Your chosen lender will contact us to arrange the inspection, and if everything is satisfactory, you can expect your Mortgage offer to follow shortly after. 
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8. Exchange of Contracts

8. Exchange of Contracts
Exchanging contracts is when the sale becomes legally binding on both sides. You can only exchange once you have paid a cleared deposit (usually 10% of the purchase price) to your solicitors account. The completion date is then set by mutual agreement and is contractually binding.
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9. Completion

9. Completion
Completion is the moment when your property purchase is finalised. When you have transferred the remaining purchase price to your solicitor by the agreed completion date. Your solicitor will contact you and us when the money has cleared in their account and we will then release keys to you.
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