At Rodney King & Partners our conveyancing team regularly assist first time buyers with their first step onto the property ladder.
We understand that buying your first home is a big commitment and we will take the time to ensure that you understand what is happening during the conveyancing process and we will try to keep the legal jargon to a minimum.
As a first time buyer you are in a powerful position when buying a property. Many sellers will value the fact that you are not in a chain and therefore the reduced likelihood of a transaction falling through that this can bring.
If you have already found a property please contact us for a conveyancing quote and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Here are some tips when considering buying a property.
Due to the large deposits which are often required by mortgage lenders it is becoming more common for family members to help out by contributing towards the cost of the deposit. In cases where one party is putting in a larger deposit than the other it is possible to safeguard the contributed amount in the event of a relationship breakup.
This can be done by an agreement called a Trust Deed or Declaration of Trust. This is a document which can be drawn up by a solicitor which states who has contributed what amount to the deposit and how that money will be divided up in the event of the sale of the property.
These documents are tailor-made to suit the people involved. It may state a fixed sum to be taken out before the rest of the money is divided, or it may indicate a larger share of ownership in the property so that the person putting in the larger deposit can benefit by any increase in the value of the property.
Please contact us for more information on Declarations of Trust or for a quotation.
Unless you are in the fortunate position of being a cash buyer, you will need a mortgage. It is generally a good idea to apply for a mortgage before you look for a property. In this way you can find out if you are eligible to borrow the amount that you require.
There is nothing worse than finding the ideal property only to be told by the mortgage lender that you are unable to borrow the sum needed. You can apply for a mortgage decision in principle which means that although you may not yet have found a property, the lender will tell you if they are likely to lend you the money based on your income and credit rating. The lender will usually put this in writing for you. Having a decision in principle will put you in a strong position when making an offer on a property.
When working out your budget it is important to allow for the following additional expenses.
A building survey is an assessment of the structure of the property for the purposes of securing lending against it.
There are a number of different types of survey available and they vary greatly in what they offer. The type of survey you will choose will depend on a number of factors such as the age and state of the property, the cost of the survey and your attitude to risk.
The surveys available include:
Lenders mortgage survey / Valuation
These are often free or low cost and are carried out by your mortgage lender. This type of survey is generally quite superficial and is only aimed at ensuring that the property is suitable to have lending secured against it. The aim of this type of survey is to protect the bank’s assets.
This is a more detailed inspection which is aimed at uncovering structural problems with the property or any other areas which may need attention now or in the future.
Building survey or Full Structural Survey
This is the most thorough type of survey and goes into greater detail in assessing the property. It is sometimes known as a ‘full structural survey’. This type of survey is often carried out on old properties or those which need a lot of work.
Clearly, the more detailed the survey, the greater the cost. The cost does however need to be weighed up against the fact that a more thorough survey may show up a problem which could stop you from wanting to buy the property, thus saving you problems later on. Also, uncovering problems at an early stage may enable you to renegotiate the purchase price down to account for the additional expense of rectifying the problem, or you can ask that the seller deals with the problem before the sale is completed.