SELLING YOUR HOME
Selling your home can be stressful, so it is important to choose an agent you can trust - one that always endeavours to make this process as smooth as possible.
If you are thinking of selling your home, please contact us for advice.
For your convenience and information, we have outlined the selling process for you below:
Firstly, if you are selling, you will require a (pre-market) appraisal. At National Estates we can offer you a free, no obligation factual and accurate appraisal of the current market value of your home. Our experienced property negotiators will provide you with a pre-market appraisal based on their indepth local knowledge and by utilising our extensive database of recent properties sold.
HOME INFORMATION PACKS (HIPS)
New changes to the property market now dictates that anyone selling a property must, by law, have a Home Information Pack (HIP). The benefits of a HIP are to speed up the selling process and cut the chances of any sales falling through. This is because the pack provides the buyer with all the important information they need about a property, such as legal details, searches and likely energy costs. The buyer should then be able to make a quicker decision and will not face any unwelcome surprises that could potentially cause a deal to fall through. For property sellers, the acquisition of a pack should reduce any delays in the sale, as buyers will be able to make informed decisions on purchasing the property. Our trained negotiators will be happy to take you through all available options in order for you to get your pack in place.
INSTRUCTION OF THE AGENT/PROPERTY DETAILS
Having received your market appraisal, 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.
Once you have seen and approved our particulars of your property, you will then be in a position to receive prospective buyers. Appointments to view your property are made by National Estates with all viewings being accompanied by our professional staff and if you cannot make the viewing, keys can be left at our office for access during working hours.
Our marketing includes:
'For Sale' 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.
Email – 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.
National Estates also affiliated with the following national property websites which will feature your home:
findaproperty, Rightmove, Gumtree
Our experience shows that a large number of buyers are influenced by both friends and relatives of local residents. Therefore, unless you have any objections we will contact directly, in a confidential basis, local occupiers.
This approach, combined with ‘word of mouth’ recommendations, enable us to maximise exposure of our vendors’ properties and secure purchasers at the highest levels.
UPDATING ON YOUR SALE
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 a prospective buyer 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.
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 out 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 take between 7 to 28 days depending on the buyers, sellers and their respective solicitors.