Specialising in both residential and commercial property law, Clifford Johnston & Co. has been providing conveyancing services across Manchester and conveyancing in Stockport for more than 30 years and its fully qualified property solicitors are among the best in the business.
Buying or selling property is one of the most significant financial transactions that most of us will ever make so it is essential that you instruct experienced, legal professionals to manage everything on your behalf.
Buying a new home is an exciting, nerve-wracking and life-changing event but our conveyancers have the necessary levels of experience and expertise to avoid any potential pitfalls, issues and delays, ensuring that everything runs smoothly so that you can begin the next stage of your life as soon as possible.
Accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, Clifford Johnston is well-placed to manage all parts of your property transaction. So if you’re looking to make a house move, contact us today for a free consultation and find out more about how we can help by calling our friendly team on 0161 975 1900.
Who will handle the conveyancing process?
Unlike many law firms, we guarantee that all of our conveyancing services will be delivered by a qualified solicitor. Your transaction will be handled by either Christopher Furbey or Horup Khan, both of whom are highly experienced legal specialists.
What does conveyancing involve?
If you are happy with the quotation we outline for our services, we will ask you to provide proof of both your identity and your funds before we proceed with the conveyancing process:
Buying a property
- The Energy Performance Certificate
We will obtain this from the seller’s solicitor so that we can begin to complete the legal work.
- Review of seller information
We will thoroughly check all the paperwork provided by the seller’s solicitor, including the draft contract and the seller’s completed property information, which includes the fixtures and fittings list and will advise you of any issues.
Local searches are always required and look at matters relating to the property you are buying including planning permission, environmental health issues, proposals for nearby roads and highways and tree preservation orders.
Depending on the location of the property and your mortgage requirements, there are a number of other searches that may be carried out including water, environmental, railways, telecommunications, electricity and gas searches.
- Planning permission and building regulations
If the property you are buying has been extended or altered in any way, we will ensure that all the correct permissions have been granted.
- Mortgage offer
We will review the mortgage offer from your lender and consider any special instructions before exchanging contracts.
A survey is required by your lender so we will advise on the differences between a basic valuation, a home buyer's report and valuation and a comprehensive building report.
Once you have signed the contract and a deposit has been received, exchange of contracts can take place and your purchase becomes legally binding.
The completion date is the day you can move into your new property. We will transfer the balance of the purchase price and will receive the title deeds, which we will then register with the Land Registry on your behalf.
Selling a property
- Deeds and titles
Obtaining the deeds and title to your property is essential before we can proceed. If you have a mortgage, these will usually be with your lender.
- Property information and contract
You will be required to complete both a Seller’s Property Information form and a Fixtures and Fittings form. It is essential that all the information provided is accurate as it forms part of the pre-contract information. We will then draft the contract and send all information to the buyer’s solicitor so that searches can be arranged. We will respond to any queries arising from these.
- Exchange of contracts
Once you have signed the contract, your sale is legally binding and we can set a date for completion.
There is typically a gap of two weeks between the exchange of contracts and the completion date, which is when you must vacate the property. This allows for the final paperwork to be prepared and checked and to obtain a final mortgage statement from your lender and prepare our final invoice. When the sale is complete we will deduct all outstanding payments including mortgage, estate agents and conveyancing fees and pay the balance to you.
How do I re-mortgage my property?
If you are looking to re-mortgage your property or change your mortgage lender then we can help. We will check all relevant paperwork including your title deeds and your mortgage offer and will carry out any searches, which might be required by your new lender. We will prepare your mortgage deed and will check your new mortgage offer before agreeing to completion.
Am I eligible for right to buy?
You must have been a council tenant for two years to be eligible for right to buy (or five years before January 2005). If you believe you are eligible, contact us today and we will advise you on submitting an application.
What are the fees?
We will always be upfront and transparent about our legal fees and can provide you with a free, no obligation quotation for our services. We will provide you with a comprehensive breakdown of all the legal and administrative charges including any additional costs such as payments to the local authority, HM Land Registry and search providers.
We offer reasonable and competitive rates so for more detailed information don’t hesitate to contact us today. We offer fixed fees for domestic conveyancing transactions and will happily provide you with the quote from the outset.
Get in touch
Whether you are a first time buyer, are looking to buy your next family home, are hoping to downsize or are simply looking to re-mortgage your existing property, we can help.
We are renowned for providing the highest levels of customer care and service, which sees clients return to us for subsequent house moves and recommend us to others.
For a free, no-obligation consultation about how we can help you, contact our friendly team today and find out more about our bespoke legal services.
Our commercial property transactions are dealt with by Horup Khan who is a qualified solicitor and has practiced in this field for many years. We can assist with new business leases and lease renewals and the sale and purchase of businesses and the assignment of a lease and commercial mortgages.
We have considerable experience of acting for many small businesses such as shops, post offices, cafes and sandwich bars. We also have experience of dealing with larger commercial clients.
We will be able to provide you with an outline of the costs from the start and your case will be dealt with by Mr Khan from start to finish.
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