Selling your home can be stressful so it is important to choose an agent you can trust who will make this process as smooth as possible. At Warwick Estate Agents, we aim to eliminate the stress and make the experience as easy as possible.
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Buying or selling a home? Do you require a valuation? Please contact us for advice or fill in the valuation form
In the meantime, here are a few guidelines which we hope will assist:
Firstly, if you are selling, you will require a valuation. At Warwick Estate Agents we can offer you a free, no obligation factual and accurate appraisal of the current market value of your home. Our experienced property valuers will provide you with a valuation based not only on their in depth knowledge of London and Greater London, but also utilising our extensive database of recent properties sold.
Instruction of agent / property details
Having received your valuation, and provided that you are satisfied with it, we will then proceed to prepare full sales details of your property. Bearing in mind the importance of presentation, we will ensure that your sales details highlight the vitally important aspects of your property and ensure that your home is shown to its best possible advantage with the aid of full colour photographs and, if required, we can also set up a computerised 360 degree/virtual tour to feature on our website.
Warwick’s has been working in the local area since 1998 and created an extensive database which is able to be utilsed with any new property. We offer comprehensive, multifaceted and innovative marketing strategies that are tailored to each instruction and are reflective of the independent nature of the firm.
We have developed a unique ‘dual approach’; a combination of market-leading technology and traditional marketing methods. Once a listing price has been agreed after a thorough market assessment and appraisal, we will create a bespoke and individual marketing strategy for your property.
We will arrange professional external & internal photography and give advice on how to prepare for the appointment. On request we can also organise Virtual Tours and Drone Photography.
We will write an editorial that will appear on all listing details. This will aim to create a vivid impression of your property.
All our instructions are uploaded to all major property portals, ensuring widespread and maximum exposure. This also enables us to provide vendors with real-time market analytics on performance.
For sales board
This is the most simple and effective marketing tool, available 24 hours a day.
Office and window display
External and internal photographs will be prominently displayed in our premises in order to optimise exposure to the market place.
Wherever possible, all prospective buyers who register with us are asked to provide email addresses in order to ensure that they are notified of any new properties as soon as possible within 24 hours of receiving your instruction.
This is updated daily and full colour details of your home are placed on our website within 24 hours of being placed on the market.
We also have an optional 360 virtual tour which can assist to further enhance your property.
Besides the exposure on our own site we are also affiliated with the following national property websites which will feature your home:
Rightmove, Zoopla, Find a Property and On the Market
We provide regular prominent advertisement of your property in local and national publications to ensure that your home is fully marketed.
Updating on your sale
At Warwick Estate Agents, we pride ourselves on our conscientious sales management. We aim to keep you regularly appraised of your sales process right through to completion and liaise with your purchaser, the legal representatives, surveyors and mortgage lenders in order to ensure that your sale is progressed as smoothly and as stress-free as possible.
Any offers we receive are promptly verbally notified and then followed up in writing. Our competent sales team will negotiate between you and your prospective applicant in order to achieve the strongest buyer.
We will inform you of the position of the buyers and liaise with you until an accepted offer has been agreed.
Should you require your sale to be completed by a certain date, this is when you should notify us and we will endeavour to satisfy your request wherever possible.
At this stage, you should also provide your list of Fixture and Fittings which will be negotiated separately between the solicitors and forms part of the final contract.
At this point (if you have not already done so), you will need to instruct a solicitor and, should you require assistance, we will only be too pleased to recommend local firms.
The solicitors will then write to all parties and the buyers will instruct a surveyor to conduct a survey of your property (the “agreed sale” is subject to the contract and any survey) and the buyers’ mortgage offer (if required) will also be subject to the results of the survey.
The sellers’ solicitors will request the title deeds from the lender (if appropriate) or yourselves as the seller and the fixtures and fittings form must be completed at this stage.
The solicitors draw up the draft contract which sets of the Terms of the Sale and sends it to the buyers’ solicitor together with all relevant documents. Any enquiries will then be raised, the Title Deeds and Lease (if applicable) will be checked and local searches carried out.
Once the draft contracts have been approved, it can be signed by both parties.
Exchange of contracts
As long as the mortgage offer has been received and cleared funds placed with your buyer’s solicitor, a mutually convenient date can be agreed upon for the exchange of contracts.
The completion and your actual house move can be simultaneous, the norm is usually 28 days between the two, but is flexible depending on the buyers, sellers, your respective solicitors and finance.
Warwick Estate Agents recognises the fact the purchase of your home is the most important and expensive transaction you are likely to undergo.
Our database features hundreds of properties and we are sure that with our local knowledge and expertise, we will be able to find you a property to suit your needs, be it a straightforward move or a ‘Buy to Let’ investment.
Please Click here to view a list of our current properties, complete with photographs.
To enable you to unravel the complexities of buying your home, we have set out below an overview of the various procedures involved:
The first requirement is for you to register your details and property specifications which can be achieved in a number of ways i.e. by email, fax, phone, in person of by completing our registration form. This will give us an insight into your personal requirements, thereby enabling us to modify the details sent to you.
Once registered, you are then in a position to receive details from us directly in person, via mail or email or download and print these out from our website. We also offer an SMS text service direct to your mobile phone.
Our friendly team are available to arrange those all important viewings of your selected properties. Our offices are open 7 days a week from Monday to Friday between 09:00 - 18:00, although we do make appointments after/before these hours, Saturdays between 10:00 - 14:00 & Sundays by prior arrangement . Please contact us to arrange a mutually convenient time 0208 960 9988.
In order to speed up your house buying process, it is advisable wherever possible; to get a mortgage agreed in principle before any final decision on your new property is made. This has the advantage of providing you with a clear indication of what is affordable and the fact that you have a mortgage agreed in principle is also attractive to sellers.
Making Your Offer
Once you have located your ideal property, your offer will be submitted by us to the vendor for their consideration. This is done both verbally and in writing. NB: Please note that all offers are “subject to contract” and therefore neither party is legally bound until the contract is actually signed.
Accepted Offer/Instructing Solicitors
As soon as your offer has been accepted by the vendor, you should instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf. Your solicitor will handle all legal requirements of your purchase (property conveyancing). At this point, you also need to formally proceed with your mortgage application and instruct your mortgage consultant/broker accordingly.
The next step is to obtain the Mortgage Valuation, as required by law. This will be conducted by a Chartered Surveyor acting for your Lender. The report is to provide a Valuation i.e. determine whether the amount to be loaned is secure and also deals with the basic condition of the property. Since you as the buyer are also provided with a copy, it allows both parties to evaluate the findings prior to entering into a commitment to purchase.
NB: However, we would not recommend that a buyer relies solely on the Mortgage Valuation survey as the inspection is limited and although it may cost a little more to obtain a more detailed report yourself, this could in the long run save you from making a costly mistake.
There are two types of survey available:
1. Homebuyer Survey/Valuation - This is the mid-range option as it is more expensive than the Mortgage Valuation but less than the Building Survey (see below).
It is a basic service and therefore more appropriate to properties in apparently good condition and conventionally constructed. The survey’s purpose is to highlight any pressing or significant defects and problems which are likely to have an overall impact on the value of the property.
The objective of the Homebuyer Survey is to provide a more in depth report which will assist the buyer in making an informed decision whether to proceed with the purchase and also whether the agreed price reflects the actual value. Moreover, the professional opinion of the surveyor as contained in his report will also set out particular features of the property which may possibly have an affect on the present value and potential future marketability.
2. Building Survey - Unlike the Homebuyer Survey, this is suitable for all types of property whether conventional or unconventional. The term “unconventional” encompasses properties that have an unusual construction, are historic or Listed Buildings, have been extensively altered or where major work is planned.
The Building Survey is comprehensive and lists full technical details of the construction, materials and condition. It highlights the full spectrum of defects from the more serious down to the insignificant and the terms of the survey are therefore tailored to fit the client’s specific needs.
However, it should be noted that this does not include a valuation and is only conducted by prior agreement.
These are conducted by the buyer’s solicitor who submits a local authority search to the local borough council. Its purpose is to ascertain if there is any planning consented previously granted on the property or if there are any other local issues which may have an impact on the purchase. In some instances, the search may also include an Environmental and Drainage search.
The draft contract is drawn up by the seller’s solicitor and is forwarded to the buyer’s solicitor for consideration. Any additional queries or questions will be asked and answered and the contract amended accordingly, subject to final approval.
The Lender is now in possession of the Mortgage Valuation survey and, subject to the findings of this report; receipt/approval of the mortgage application and provided all references and checks have been conducted satisfactorily, the Lender will send a formal mortgage offer to the buyer and their solicitor. The document is then signed and returned and funds requested by the buyer’s solicitor.
Exchange of Contracts
Once the contract has been signed by both parties, a deposit (normally a small percentage of the purchase price) is paid by either bank transfer or banker’s draft. At this stage, the parties agree on a date for completion.
Completion usually follows a few days or weeks after exchange of contracts, timescales depend on the buyers, sellers, your respective solicitors and finance. The balance of the purchase price is transferred by the buyer’s solicitor to the seller’s solicitor and the keys released.
Congratulations! You are now the owner of your new home!