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Residential Property

At The McKinstry Company, we are experts in property law.  Buying a home can be one of the most stressful processes in a person’s life.  As your lawyers, we believe that this doesn’t have to be the case.  We are a law firm for life and take great pride in assisting our clients through their conveyancing journeys.  We can help you every step of the way – from helping you purchase your first home, to downsizing later in life.

Below we consider some of the key stages in the residential conveyancing process.  Whatever assistance you need, our friendly, diligent and expert team are on hand to assist.

Residential Property Solicitors, Ayrshire

Selling a Home

When you decide to sell your property, you should instruct a solicitor from the outset.  This will make for a smooth transaction, allowing the solicitor time to ensure all the relevant documentation is in place.  For example, if you have added an extension to your property, you should ensure that you have the proper planning permissions, as prospective buyers will expect to see this.  You will also need to arrange for a Home Report to be prepared, which lets potential buyers know important information about a property.

You should also consider the financing of any proposed move carefully.  Check to see what your outstanding mortgage is on your current property.  You should speak to your solicitor about land registration and tax costs of any move so that these additional costs are budgeted for.

Buying a Home

On the other side of the process, if you are looking to buy a property, you will need to submit an offer for the relevant property.  Once you and the seller agree on the terms a contract will be formed. This is called missives  The seller will sign a disposition which transfers ownership from the seller to the buyer and which is registered in the Land Register of Scotland.

Your solicitor can also assist in discharging your current mortgage and registering the new mortgage (legally known as a ‘standard security’) against your property.

The process is paperwork and negotiation heavy.  This is why it is crucial that you have a solicitor acting for you who will absorb this burden and ensure a smooth process with a positive outcome.

Contact The McKinstry Company Residential Property Lawyers, Ayrshire

At The McKinstry Company, we put our clients at the heart of our work.  As a firm we never lose sight of the importance of the client and the outcome which the client seeks from us. We offer comprehensive advice on all aspects of property transactions, from submitting or receiving an offer, to the exchange of keys. We understand buying and selling a house can be stressful, and so we do everything we can to complete the legal aspects quickly and efficiently for you.

Our goal is to generate and maintain strong and lasting client relationships rather than a transactional approach to the work which we undertake.  We are a law firm for life and will work with you as your family and finances change, to ensure that you receive the best possible legal advice.

To discuss your specific circumstances or what is involved in buying or selling a property, get in touch today.  You can contact us on 01465 915021 or complete our online contact form.  Our friendly and dedicated team are here to help you.

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