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Conveyancing Process

Here is a quick guide on the conveyancing process, and things you need to be aware of when buying or selling a house.

The conveyancing process doesn’t have to be daunting!
Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring property ownership from the seller to the buyer. Whether you're on the buying or selling side, it's crucial to understand each step involved. Rest assured, as our valued client, we'll guide you through every phase to ensure a seamless and successful transaction.

How long does conveyancing take?

Typically, a standard freehold conveyance takes about 8 weeks after gathering paperwork. For Leasehold properties, expect around 12 weeks due to third-party involvement and extensive paperwork.


Can conveyancing take less than 8 weeks?

Not all transactions will fit within the standard timescale and at Fletcher Longstaff we are happy to discuss your conveyancing transaction on a case by case basis, so that if we can complete your transaction sooner, we will do. We will keep you informed every step of the way.

How it works

The Conveyancing Process for property Buying and Selling in England and Wales
Buying Process
Step 1
The contract pack is obtained from the seller’s conveyancer.

The buyer’s conveyancer checks the contract pack, raises any queries and obtains a copy of the mortgage offer.
Buying Process
Step 2
Any pre-contract questions raised are answered by the seller, before being returned to the buyer’s conveyancer.

The conveyancer reports to the buyer on the contents of the contract, pre-contract enquiries, results of the searches and mortgage offer.
Buying Process
Step 3
When the buyer is content, the deposit is paid to the buyer’s conveyancer, in preparation for the exchange of contracts.

Seller and buyer agree on a completion date, and contracts are officially ‘exchanged’.
Buying Process
Step 4
The buyer’s conveyancer prepares a draft transfer deed & this is sent to the seller’s conveyancer for completion.

The seller’s conveyancer approves the draft transfer deed, and a final copy is produced.
Buying Process
Step 5
Then, back to the buyer’s conveyancer who prepares a completion statement, and applies to the mortgage lender for a loan.

Upon completion, the buyer’s conveyancer sends the proceeds of the sale to the seller’s conveyancer.
Buying Process
Step 6
The keys are then released to the estate agent, along with the title and transfer deed to the buyer’s conveyancer.

Then, the final bits are carried out by the buyer’s conveyancer – sending stamp duty, and registering the property in the name of the buyer.
Selling Process
Step 1
The seller’s conveyancer carries out proof of identity checks and sends property information forms out.

The seller’s conveyancer obtains title deeds and any other documents required by the land registry, as well as preparing the draft contract.
Selling Process
Step 2
The contract is checked over by the buyer’s conveyancer, and any questions are resolved by the seller’s conveyancer.

An exchange date is decided upon, and the seller’s conveyancer will obtain a settlement figure to pay off any outstanding mortgage.
Selling Process
Step 3
A transfer deed is drafted by the buyer’s conveyancer, which is then sent to the seller’s conveyancer for checking.

Upon completion, the seller vacates the property and hands over the keys through an estate agent. The proceeds of the sale are then sent to the seller’s conveyancer.
Selling Process
Step 4
The seller’s conveyancer then sends the title deeds and transfer deeds to the buyer’s conveyancer, and pays the estate agent and mortgage lender (if applicable).

Once the conveyancer takes payment for their services, the remaining money is transferred to the seller.

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