Buyers Guide

Buying a house, particularly for the first time can be daunting. The decisions you make when buying a property could save you - or cost you - many thousands of pounds. This is why We Can Properties will be with you every step of the way. We offer some helpful advice and tips to ensure that your experience is as smooth and hassle free as possible.

Find a property

Do I deal with We Can Properties, or the vendor directly?

In nearly all cases you will be dealing with We Can Properties for the entire process, from the viewing, to the completion of the sale.

We are at the other end of the phone should you need advice, or help with instructing a solicitor if you wish to proceed with the sale.

Step 1. Register with us for 24/7 access to My Area

To find your ideal property, we need to know your requirements. You can register with us either online, by phone or by visiting our offices..

Once you've registered with us, one of our consultants will assess your search criteria. We will then telephone you or email you details of suitable properties.

You'll have 24/7 access to My Area where you can amend your search criteria, email alerts, make offers, arrange viewings and more.

Step 2. How much can you afford?

Before you begin your search, it's advisable to arrange your finances and get a 'Mortgage agreed In Principle' (if required). This is a conditional offer made by a mortgage lender that they will "in principle" give you the loan you have discussed with them.

Our partners, a firm of professional, independent financial advisors, would be pleased to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation on what mortgage options are available to you, and the associated costs. Contact us to find out more.

Step 3. Put your own home on the market

If you're also selling your current home, it is advisable to put your current property on the market before looking for a new home.

This puts you in a better position, and increases your chances of buying your dream home before somebody else does.

We can help you sell your home. Click here to arrange a free, no-obligation valuation of your home or contact us

Step 4. Start your property search

Begin your search here, or let us help you find the property you're looking for by registering here. We can keep you constantly up-to-date via email and SMS alerts, even before properties get listed on our website and portals!

Step 5. Viewings

This is the fun bit! Once you've found a property you'd like to view, you'll need to get in touch to book a viewing. You'll meet either one of our agents, or the vendor - depending on the service they've chosen.

Book your viewing online...

  • 1. Register here
  • 2. Search for a property
  • 3. Click the button to “Book a viewing” found on the property details page.

This will take you to My Area and automatically add the property to your Portfolio giving you the option to select a preferred viewing timeslot. Or by calling us on: 020 3890 6464 020 3890 6464

Step 6. Making an offer

Once you find your perfect property you can make an offer through My Area or with your agent.

If we are managing the offers on behalf of the vendor, we'll put your offer to them verbally and in writing.

Sometimes there may be a process of price negotiation and by working with us, both vendor and buyer can benefit from the expertise of our consultants, who will work hard to facilitate an agreeable outcome that delivers the best result for all.

At this point you may need to demonstrate that you can proceed by providing evidence of your mortgage in principle.

There are no legal obligations by either party until contracts are signed.

Step 7. Offer accepted

  • Prepare a memorandum of sale
  • Confirm the agreed price with all parties
  • Confirm your solicitor & mortgage details

Now is the time to instruct your solicitor to proceed with the conveyancing process and proceed with your mortgage application.

Step 8. Instruct a solicitor

Instructing an efficient and experienced solicitor, is the key to ensuring your purchase is handled smoothly. If you need a hand with finding a solicitor, just get in touch and we'll talk you through our options.

Step 9. Conveyancing

Your solicitor will:

  • Receive draft contract from the seller's solicitor
  • Carry out searches and investigation of title
  • Agree on a date for exchange of contracts

We will assist your solicitor throughout the process, and keep you informed every step of the way in via our live sales progress tracker in My Area.

Step 10. Survey and mortgage offer

A property survey will be carried out by a surveyor on behalf of the mortgage lender to identify any structural problems and advise on the property's value.

Once the survey report is received by the lender, a formal mortgage offer will be sent to you and your solicitor which you will need to sign before it is returned.

There are no legal obligations until contracts are signed.

Step 11. Exchange of contracts

The transaction and completion date becomes legally binding on the exchange of contracts. The deposit will be sent to the seller's solicitor and a request for your mortgage advance will be paid from your lender.

Step 12. Completion

Completion happens on the eagerly awaited “moving day” and when the full purchase price is transferred to the seller's solicitor. We will release the keys once the money has cleared in the seller's account.

Congratulations on your new home!

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