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COVID19 UPDATE – 07/04/2021

From 07th April 2021 10.30am all staff will be back in the office and we will be operating from our main office number of 01902 326000.

Please can we ask that anyone who has any direct mobile numbers for any member of staff that you refrain from using this now. All staff are not able to answer them during office hours and are not expected to answer them after office hours, they will no longer have remote access to the systems and will not be able to answer your query,

We will be offering appointments only for attendance at our offices and ask for you to contact us on 01902 326000 for designated days/times. Unfortunately due to our strict guidelines we cannot see you without an appointment.

Please note that your calls and emails are important to us, due to challenges caused by the Covid19 pandemic and the current Stamp Duty holiday, we are extremely busy at this time. We will do our best to progress your matter as quickly as possible and we will respond to any emails/calls as soon as we can, but we kindly ask you to allow us 2 working days to respond.

We know these are challenging times and we will do all that we can to facilitate the progress of your matters. Rest assured, you have our best attention at all times.

Please use the following link to check government guidelines https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

We thank you all for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.

Sharon Lelkes

Director, Connolley & Company

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PROPERTY LAWYERS
Tel: 01902 326000Fax: 01902 326838
Ivy House | 7 Maypole Street | Wombourne | WV5 9JB

The Conveyancing Process Explained
(for England & Wales)

We appreciate that buying or selling can be a daunting experience, but we're known in the Wolverhampton and Wombourne areas for taking the stress away from that process as much as possible. Here is our step by step guide to the conveyancing process and what you can expect.
(although we can't help you pack your boxes, sorry!)
Step One

Instruction to Exchange Stages

These five steps are the first thing. Exchange to completion follows next.
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Step One

Stage One

Connolley & Company will:

• Contact the seller’s solicitor to obtain the contract pack

You will:

• Have the offer on the property accepted
• Have your mortgage approved after their valuer has inspected the property
• Arrange for a survey to be conducted by a regulated Chartered Surveyor.

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Stage Two

Connolley & Company will:

• Request and obtain a copy of your mortgage offer
• Carry out the necessary local authority searches

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Stage Three

Connolley & Company will:

• Analyse the contract pack, results of local authority searches and your mortgage offer and report back to you with the important details
• Discuss possible completion dates with you and negotiate a date with your seller’s conveyancing provider

You will:

• Advise your mortgage company of the most appropriate completion dates
• Review the information given to you, asking any questions if you're unsure. (There is no such thing a silly question... trust us!)
• Sign the final contract and return it to your solicitor – be sure you want to before you do!

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Stage Four

Connolley & Company will:

• We will let the seller’s solicitor know that you wish to proceed with the contract exchange

You will:

• Send the deposit to your conveyancing provider

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Stage Five

Connolley & Company will:

• Swap signed contracts with the seller’s conveyancing provider
• Send the deposit payment to the seller’s conveyancer

Yes! You've now exchanged.
Now it's on to the Exchange to Completion stages...

Step TWO

Exchange to Completion Stages

Next up is the exchange to completion. Not long now until you get the keys!
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Stage One

Connolley & Company will:

• Prepare the completion statement and send this to you
• Carry out priority searches
• Advise you to arrange building insurance

Stage Two

Connolley & Company will:

• Request and obtain a copy of your mortgage offer
• Carry out the necessary local authority searches

Stage Three

Connolley & Company will:

• Analyse the contract pack, results of local authority searches and your mortgage offer and report back to you with the important details
• Discuss possible completion dates with you and negotiate a date with your seller’s conveyancing provider

You will:

• Advise your mortgage company of the most appropriate completion dates
• Review the information given to you, asking any questions if you're unsure. (There is no such thing a silly question... trust us!)
• Sign the final contract and return it to your solicitor – be sure you want to before you do!

Stage Four

Connolley & Company will:

• We will let the seller’s solicitor know that you wish to proceed with the contract exchange

You will:

• Send the deposit to your conveyancing provider

Stage Five

Connolley & Company will:

• Swap signed contracts with the seller’s conveyancing provider
• Send the deposit payment to the seller’s conveyancer

Yes! You've now exchanged.
Now it's on to the Exchange to Completion stages...

The conveyancing process explained

It can be quite a daunting task when moving, and there can be a lot of jargon involved. The word "conveyancer" is just one.
We hope our guide below will explain things clearly, and if you have any questions, just get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

The conveyancing process for BUYING a property in England & Wales

Buying property in England and Wales follows a standard legal process and you will usually use a Legal Conveyancer like ourselves.

Stage One – Instructing a conveyancer

After agreeing the purchase price, details of the buyer and sellers’ conveyancing solicitor, or Licensed Conveyancer, are exchanged via the estate agent. The seller’s conveyancer will send your legal representatives the legal contract pack (formal agreement to sell) accompanied by:

  • The Property Information Form
  • The Fittings and Contents Form

These provide information about the property (for example, if there are any problems with boundaries) and exactly what will be included in the sale (e.g. are they leaving all of the carpets or curtains?). The contract pack will also include the property title and forms completed by the seller. A copy of the lease will also be included if your property is leasehold. Although we will deal with the paperwork on your behalf it is important that you go through these forms carefully and you raise any questions or concerns at this stage. During these initial stages, your offer to purchase the property will have been accepted and your mortgage application approved – the conveyancer will obtain a copy of the mortgage offer. At this point in the process, you should also arrange for a property survey separate to the lender’s valuation report. Until stage 4 is completed, either you or the seller could have a change of heart and pull out of the sale without any legal consequences. 

Stage Two – Searches

Your legal representative will need to carry out required searches, including a Local Authority Search. These provide essential information about the property, such as:

  • The property boundary
  • Disputes
  • Rights of way
  • Planning constraints or permissions

Depending on the property and its location, other non-routine searches may also be required. Connolley & Company will advise if this is the case for you.

Stage Three – Plan a completion date

The contract pack, mortgage offer and local authority searches will be evaluated by your conveyancing solicitor (that's us). If any issues arise, these will be drawn to your attention. For example:

  • If the property you are purchasing is located on contaminated land
  • The council are planning major road works near your new home
  • If anyone else has right of way over your land.

Talk to us about a suggested completion date and negotiate an agreed date with the seller’s solicitor. We will notify the seller’s solicitor and let them know that you would like to progress with the contract exchange and send them your deposit.

Stage Four - Exchange

We will pull together the final completion statement, transfer deed and mortgage deed for you to agree and sign. This will also outline what money you have to provide us for completion. HMLR final searches will be organised by us too. This is a final check to ensure no changes have been made to the Land Register since your initial searches. The seller’s solicitor will be sent the signed transfer deed, contracts will be exchanged and the deposit sent to the seller’s solicitor. On exchange you are legally committed to proceed with buying the property.

Stage Five - Completion

Completion day is when the sale is finalised and the property is transferred to you, as the new legal owner. We will pay over the balance of the sale price (less the deposit already paid) and receive the signed Transfer Deed. We will also ask for your finances from the mortgage lender. Title deeds, transfer deeds and proof of outstanding mortgages will be obtained by us also as your conveyancer.

Stage Six - Post completion

We will send your deeds to the lender if you have a mortgage on the property, arrange for any Stamp Duty (if applicable) to be received by the Revenue and Customs and send your documents to HM Land Registry to register you as the owner of the property – this must be done within 30 days of completion of the purchase. HM Land Registry will send the title deeds to us and these will be passed onto your mortgage lender if they have provided finance. If you are a cash buyer the title deeds will be passed on to you. 

The conveyancing process for SELLING a property in England & Wales

Stage One - Sale agreement

Instruct a conveyancing solicitor who will request your title deeds and ask you to complete a questionnaire. You will need to complete a property information form, fixtures and fittings form and if your property is leasehold a seller’s leasehold information form. Discuss a completion date with your conveyancer to be negotiated with the buyer’s solicitor. Your mortgage lender will provide your conveyancing solicitor with a statement outlining the total sum of money that needs to be repaid on completion of your sale.

Stage Two - Exchange

As soon as the contracts are exchanged, your property lawyer will receive the buyer’s deposit – usually 10% of the property price.At this point the buyer is liable to lose their deposit if they back out and you will be in a legally binding contract to sell the property – you can no longer accept another offer.

Stage Three - Completion

Your conveyancing solicitor will require payment for their services before completion on your property and all final accounts will be prepared by your conveyancer. A final settlement will be drafted for your approval. Your conveyancer will verify that all deeds and remaining monies have arrived and that your sale is complete, and transfer the deeds to the buyer’s conveyancer. Your conveyancer will then pay the estate agent (if one was used), repay the amount owing to the existing mortgage lender (if applicable) and take payment for their conveyancing service costs. Once all the payments have been made, the remaining money from the house sale will be transferred to you, usually by bank transfer on the day of completion. On completion, you must vacate the property at the agreed time and release the keys to the estate agent or the buyer of your property. 

It is worth noting that in England and Wales, until contracts are exchanged, neither party is legally bound and either party can withdraw at any time. Only once contracts have been exchanged must the buyer and seller complete. If the buyer fails to complete on the agreed date, the seller can serve a notice and if the buyers still does not complete, they will forfeit the deposit.

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