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Moving home will be a time of change for you and your family, and we are here to provide an efficient service to make this as hassle free as possible.  We have the expertise to take you through step by step in many different situations, including, but not limited to: 

  • buying or selling a house or a flat
  • looking to remortgage
  • you are a first time buyer using support schemes such as Help to Buy, shared ownership or Lifetime ISAs
  • releasing equity in your home
  • looking to extend your lease.

Our Conveyancers have hundreds of years of experience between them, working solely on conveyancing every day.  They enjoy working with people just like you on the next step in their lives.  You will be allocated one of these dedicated Conveyancers who will deal with your transaction and be available to you, as well as providing a 24/7 case tracker. 

You can find out the full process of buying or selling your home by viewing our flowchart here or watch our video below with more details on the costs involved. 

Why you should choose Warner Goodman for your move

It will be important for you to know that we can not only carry out the legalities of your move, but that we will do so providing you with the best customer care; here are several compelling reasons why you should choose us to help with your move…

  1. Vast Experience - we have helped thousands of people with their move in a variety of different situations. 
  2. Specialist conveyancers - we have expert conveyancers in each of our offices who can manage every variety of property move, whether you are a first time buyer using schemes such as Help to Buy, shared ownership or Lifetime ISA, or whether you are remortaging to release equity.
  3. Hassle free service delivered in a proactive problem-solving way.
  4. Good working relationships with other external professionals involved in your move.
  5. 24-7 tracking – we will give you the opportunity to monitor your transaction via our on-line portal. 
  6. Communication of your choosing – whether this be telephone, by post, text messages or emails.  
  7. We speak plain English for you to understand every step.
  8. Flexible – while we would like to meet you at some stage during your transaction, we are flexible enough to work without this if you prefer.  
  9. Wider network – as part of a larger law firm, we can assist with most areas of your personal or business life.
  10. 94% of our clients believe we offer value for money.

Words from our clients

“Just completed on my house sale. The team have been great. Efficient service yet again. This is the second time of instructing WG and would have no hesitation is using again and recommending to others. Simple, straight forward, everything is clear and good communication.”

“We have used the conveyancing team at Fareham branch 4 times in the last 5 years. their standard of service, diligence and attention to detail is IMPECCABLE!! I wont go ANYWHERE else!!”

Meet our people

You can find out more about our Conveyancers and their own experiences by visiting our Meet our People page here.  

Our expert Conveyancers are available in all four of our offices with many years experience in helping people like you move home.  Sarah Brooks is the Head of our Residential Conveyancing department and so regardless of which location you choose, the teams are supervised by her.

While our conveyancers have experience in all variety of property sales and purchases, we do specialise in numerous areas:

1). Equity Release Schemes – equity release is an option increasingly favoured by those who are approaching retirement age and are considering their standard of living or plans for the future.  You may wish to make home improvements before downsizing, help your children financially to start their own journey onto the property ladder, go on that holiday of a lifetime, or look to make your retirement more comfortable.  You can find out more about how we can help you transfer your equity or remortgage here.

2). Shared ownership schemes – these schemes are to primarily assist first time buyers onto the property ladder.  Buyers purchase a share of a property from a Housing Association, usually between 25% - 75% with the aid of a mortgage, and rent is then paid on the remainder of the property.  When buying through shared ownership it is important that you appreciate the different responsibilities that you and your landlord will have, and this is where we can guide you through using our knowledge.  You can find out more about shared ownership schemes and how to apply here.

3). Help to Buy and Right to Buy – both of these government schemes are funded by the government to either loan a portion of the funds needed to purchase a property (Help to Buy) or allow local authority tenants to buy their home at a discounted price (Right to Buy).  Find out more about the Help to Buy and Right to Buy schemes here.

4). ISAs and Lifetime ISAs – Help to Buy ISAs were launched to help first time buyers save towards a deposit for their first home.  You can make deposits into the account each month and upon closing the account you could receive a 25% bonus of the amount in your account from the government.   Lifetime ISAs are also available for first time buyers, primarily for those under the age of 40.

How long will my sale or purchase take?

Typically it takes between 6 to 8 weeks to exchange contracts and complete on your property; however there are a number of factors that can affect the time scale, and most commonly this is due to waiting for other parties in the chain.

The speed will very much depend on your own personal situation and will be influenced by:

  • whether you need a mortgage offer,
  • the speed of local authority searches in the area you’re buying and how quickly queries are answered on the other side.

What happens next?

Dealing with property is an important step in your life and we understand you will want to know more about what is involved, and not simply the price.  Below is further guidance to assist you but we would be delighted if you would prefer to call us and discuss your move telephone us on:-  

Fareham: 01329 222096

Portsmouth:  02392 776549

Southampton: 02380 717439

Chandler's Ford: 023 8071 7467 

Or obtain a more tailored quote by emailing conveyancingquote@warnergoodman.co.uk

Selling a leasehold property

It is likely that additional fees will be required when selling your leasehold property in order to pay the landlord and/or the managing agents for the Leasehold Pack for the buyer.  Once you instruct us to go ahead with your sale we will write to the landlord and the managing agents asking them to confirm their charges and we will ask you to provide those fees up front.  In order for you to budget accordingly, you could contact your landlord and managing agent at this stage and ask how much they will charge to provide the Leasehold Pack.

You may also need to obtain a licence from the lease administrator in order to sell the property.  They may wish to ‘vet’ the new potential owner to make sure they are happy, for which you will be charged a fee.  Depending on the type of property, you may also be charged an ‘exit’ or ‘transfer’, which is usually a percentage of the value.

If you are looking to sell your leasehold property, we can advise you as to the necessary steps you need to take and what charges you could face.  The same as when you initially bought the property, the next owner will want to ensure that everything is in place so they understand their responsibilities.  If these are not in place, it could delay the sale. 

Purchasing a leasehold property

There are three types of leasehold charges that you could be responsible for when you purchase a leasehold property, and they are:

  1. Ground Rent
  2. Service Charges
  3. Administration Charges for documents including:
    1. Deed of Covenant: this will confirm that you will be bound by, and accept, the terms of the lease.
    2. Notice of Assignment and Charge: this is regarding the change in ownership and mortgage lender for the landlord or managing agent.  This will ensure they have the correct contact details to keep you informed on future plans and applicable charges. 
    3. Certificate of Compliance: the landlord or managing agent will confirm with the Land Registry that the requirements for changing leasehold ownership have been complied with.
    4. Stock or Membership Transfer: you could be required to become a member of the Management Company, and if so your landlord or managing agent may charge a fee for transferring the share or membership into your name.

These costs will be determined by your landlord or managing agent and we can advise accordingly once we have details from them.

When you own a leasehold property, there will be certain rules on what you can and cannot do.  If you wish to ask for consent to make a change that is not mentioned in the lease or is included as something you are not currently able to do, there may be a fee associated with making the request and the consequent change.  Such changes could include running a business from the property, refurbishments, sub-letting or keeping a pet.

More words from our clients

"Absolutely first-class service from start to finish, a real credit to the profession. Next time we purchase or sell a property, we will look no further than Warner Goodman."

"Great Service!! So happy with the service received - my end of the deal was in place weeks before the seller’s solicitors were ready.”

“My experience in the past has been pretty bad and I had a dim view on the legal conveyancing process in general. Warner Goodman has completely changed my view. Having a dedicated person managing your file can make a sometimes very stressful period of your life seem pretty straight forward.”

Important information regarding your quote

Please note – the estimate produced from our calculator will be based on the information you have supplied and may change at the time of your enquiry based on your situation.  We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your move in detail with you over the phone, at which point a formal quote will be given. 

Factors that may change the estimate you receive after further investigation may include:

  1. Unforeseen matters arising, including (but not limited to) a defect in the title which requires remedying prior to completion. 
  2. A requirement for additional documents to be produced in addition to the main transaction.
  3. If you are seeking to grant a new lease opposed to an assignment of an existing lease.
  4. If there are unreasonable delays in third parties providing documentation, or additional information is required.
  5. When indemnity policies are required. Additional third party payments may apply if these are required.

Contact our people today on:

Fareham: 01329 222096

Portsmouth:  02392 776549

Southampton: 02380 717439

Chandler's Ford: 023 8071 7467 

Or obtain a more tailored quote by emailing conveyancingquote@warnergoodman.co.uk

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