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Give yourself the edge in a competitive housing market

You’ve found the perfect family property to buy, and so has everyone else. How can you give yourself the edge in a competitive bid?

Brighton and Hove Council’s recent announcement on proposed changes to secondary school catchment areas will likely provoke another flurry of activity in the housing market.

Finding and buying a family home in Brighton and Hove’s pressured housing market is never an easy task, but the pressure really mounts when you need to be in the catchment area for a popular school before the closing date for applications.

So how do you put yourself in the best possible position to secure the home that you want and get the sale through quickly?

Of course, being a cash buyer is a help, but it’s not the be all and end all. Cash buyers often expect discounts and not all sellers are in a hurry. They do however want to feel confident that once they’ve chosen a buyer and committed to legal fees, the sale is likely to go through.

So even if you are in a chain, showing your commitment to buying at the time you make an offer can go a long way towards persuading a seller to accept it. One way you can do this is by getting on with your related sale even before you have found somewhere to buy.

Buyers often feel that they need to have found somewhere to buy before they instruct a solicitor on their sale. But with the comfort of our “no sale no fee” guarantee on conveyancing transactions, there is no need to wait. Being a few weeks down the line with your sale will reassure a seller that you are serious about moving and might give you the edge over a less-prepared bidder. And using a reputable local firm such as QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke can reassure a seller that the sale will go through quickly and with the minimum of fuss.

And, of course, getting ahead of the game should help to make the whole transaction quicker. Sellers are often surprised by, and unprepared for, how much information we need from them at the outset of their sale. When you instruct us on your sale, ask us to send you through the property information form and fixtures and fittings forms for completion, so you can get going on completing these at an early stage and digging out copies of all the documents you will need to send through.

And then, once you’ve found and secured your perfect property, you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to help you move in the timescale that you need.

Paula Nash
Property Lawyer

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