Buying A Home ‐ FAQ

Apportionment Of Leasehold Service Charges

In respect of a leasehold property or a property which has a liability to pay any type of service charge, the amounts will be split (apportioned) between the buyer and seller on completion.

The annual charge will be split so that the seller only pays up to the date of completion and the buyer takes liability thereafter. If you have paid the yearly charges in advance, we will ensure that the buyers share is paid back to you with the completion monies.

How Long Until I Move In?

The usual conveyancing transaction takes approximately 6-8 weeks from when the purchasers solicitors receive contract papers. However all transactions vary depending on the complexity of the legal title, the length of the chain and many more external factors. Therefore, no guarantee can ever be provided.

Inheritance Tax And Capital Gains Tax

Certain land transactions may attract a liability for inheritance or capital gains tax.

For Inheritance Tax purposes where the value of the deceased person's assets (including the value of property) exceeds the exempt amount a liability may arise.

With regard to Capital Gains Tax, various rates apply depending upon the circumstances.

If you have any queries regarding potential liability in respect of these taxes, please let us know.

What Happens On Completion?

Time must be given for the Solicitors to transfer monies. Completion is hoped to be achieved by mid-day but this is dependent on the length of the chain involved and the speed of which the bank transfers funds. Monies must be received by the seller's solicitors before keys are released. If you are selling and purchasing a property simultaneously your sale will complete at least an hour before your purchase.

What Is The Stamp Duty Threshold?

£0 - £125,000.00 - no Stamp Duty payable

£125,001.00 - £250,000.00 - 2% of purchase price

£250,001.00 - £925,000.00 - 5% of purchase price

£925,001.00 - £1,500,000.00 - 10% of purchase price

£1,500,001.00 and over - 12% of purchase price

The figures shown are correct for transactions that will not attract the higher rate of stamp duty. For instance, a purchase or transfer of equity where one of the parties or a partner/spouse already owns another property would attract a higher rate.

First Time Buyers

No tax is payable up £300,000 and then 5% is payable on the portion from £300,001 to £500,000

Please speak with our Residential Property team for further guidance.

When Can I Collect My Keys?

The keys of the property will not be released to you on the day of completion until the purchase money has been received by the sellers' solicitors' bank. In accordance with normal procedures, we will pay for the property on your behalf by bank telegraphic transfer (which is immediate cleared funds) on the day of completion. We will ask our bank to send the funds off as soon as possible on the completion date. However, if we have to wait for funds to come in from either you, your bank or building society or your buyers' solicitors (if you are simultaneously selling a property) then it may be early afternoon on the day of completion before the keys of the property can be released to you. You may like to consider changing locks when you move into the new property as you have no way of knowing who has had access to keys in the past.

When Do You Need My Deposit?

We will request the deposit from you when we are close to being in a position to exchange contracts. This is normally requested at the same time as we send the contract to you for signature. We will not request your deposit from you until your mortgage offer is received.

When Is The Balance Due From Us Payable?

The whole balance (to include Fosters' fees) must be received and cleared in our account by completion.

When Should I Book My Removals?

If you decide to use a removal company it is a good idea to get estimates from more than one company and make sure their insurance covers them adequately for loss of or damage to your possessions.

If you are moving long distance or over night, it is advisable to speak to your removal company early in the transaction.

It is advisable to delay booking your removals until contracts have been exchanged and a fixed completion date agreed. Some companies will agree a provisional booking which can be confirmed by you on the day that contracts are exchanged.