According to property portal Rightmove, despite lock down the number of properties available on the market has dropped by less than 3%. This means if you were looking to purchase your first property before lockdown, you still have plenty to browse and even view virtually from the comfort of your own home before deciding on an in-person viewing (currently still England only).

David Orpin, Land & New Homes Manager

We thought we would continue to demystify the process of first-time homeownership with Land and New Homes Manager, David Orpin, talking about the importance of instructing a good solicitor to help reduce the stress of such a big life step. 


First time buyers: how to find a solicitor

“Do you know a good solicitor?” is a question I get asked a lot and the simple answer is yes, but its also about finding the right solicitor for the buyer or seller and the type of property.

Finding a solicitor who has experience in the kind of home you’re buying

As Land and New Homes Manager, I deal a lot with new build apartments and they require a solicitor that has experience with new builds and the additional information required over and above that required in the sale of a second-hand residential home, for example.

Look local

Either way, whether your a buyer or a seller, a solicitor that is local to the property, or even who has experience dealing with similar properties or properties in the same building in the case of apartments, is always going to pay off in your favour. A solicitor that you can actually visit and talk to also has its advantages, especially if you’re new to the process and need more guidance.

This also helps if it’s not such a straightforward transaction as face-to-face meetings help in understanding and overcoming any issues that may arise.

Engage a solicitor as early as possible in the process

So many times things come up in the process that can need an experienced individual to help move it on rather than your sale stalling or even worse, falling apart.

I always recommend my sellers instruct their solicitors as soon as possible so they can begin collating the relevant information and if they notice anything as this stage they can raise it and it can be dealt with rather than trying to tackle it when all everyone wants to do is move.

Take your time

You can ask estate agents for their recommendations, but it’s also a great idea if you can to ask family and friends who have recently moved for their recommendations as well. This is one of those times when you get what you pay for and it’s really important that you make a good decision. As a buyer, it’s probably the largest purchase you have ever made to date – so make sure you have the best people looking after you.

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Despite being in the middle of a global pandemic, we're here for you! Whether you're a first-time buyer, or you haven't been involved in the buying process for a number of years - we can help allay your fears and help your journey to home ownership run as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about your search, please get in touch. 

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