Property Searches Direct in the news
'"I couldn't agree more. I have always advocated this"
Delivering Searches Directly To Buyers
Property Searches Direct deliver Searches to conveyancers and now crucially, to property buyers direct.
Getting sight of Environmental reports sooner can help secure a transaction.
Is the housing market walking into stamp duty deadline disaster?
Property search firm claims too many agents and home movers don't realise the urgency of the situation despite the cut-off date being five months away.
Stamp duty holiday has exposed industry’s ‘progression problem’
Property search firm chief pulls few punches as he exposes how buyer and vendor expectations are often poorly managed by agents.
"The prediction is that at current rates 50% of people will be disappointed by the SDLT holiday so everyone needs to get their searches done by the seller on listing!"
Conveyancing Association Oct 2020
'Well, as I would happily purchase searches from say another firm of solicitors if they had a purchase fall through I'm struggling to see an issue. I suppose the down side to it is how old the searches are as they cannot be more than 3 months at the point of exchange or 6 at the point of completion'.
JD | Partner & Solicitor
'I suppose this goes back to the HIPs days. The main issue was that the searches had expired by the time that the property had sold. Personally, I would have no issue relying on searches ordered by the seller as long as they are still in date. With the time that it is taking for searches to come back, I am sure that it would be a welcomed change in the current climate'.
RB | Partner and Head of Conveyancing
Former agent helps launch unique DIY property search service for buyers
Home buyers can now order property searches and drainage water searches direct via an online service that claims to be the first of its kind in the UK.
Is a collaborative conveyancing solution the answer?
Searches that are bound by the Search Code, protecting the seller, buyer and lender, are property and not client specific. As such, it doesn't matter who orders them but when they are ordered.
The SDLT ‘Cliff Edge’ is just one of thousands, isn’t it?
It is amazing to see so much chatter and debate about the SDLT deadline and how everyone is going to make it; whether it should be extended or feathered out or remain a ‘cliff edge’.
'I personally would accept them [Searches] as long as they are in date (has to be within 6 months at the time of completion). You do for auction and some new build properties so cannot see what the difference would be.'
KF | Partner & Solicitor
'We have been looking at doing something similar. As long as the search is in date, backed by insurance and can be relied upon by the buyer, then I would have no issue with it. It also gives better up front information'.
RJ | Director & Solicitor
'Those (agents) who wish to protect their pipelines and speed up the sale to completion should do this as it is what a fiduciary agent would recommend to their clients'.....'With the likelihood of gazumping increasing - this is a no brainer'
Estate Agents - Breaking habits to deliver different results
It’s a big ask to expect anyone to suddenly change what they have always done, particularly if their results have proven to be of great benefit to the business.
But change has to be adopted.
'"Really interesting idea, hope it all goes well for you" CW
Estate agents offered first ever free property hazards searches
A recently-launched search company has begun offering estate agents and buyers a free service that flags up any major hazards a property may have before a sale progresses to searches.
Property market evolution - it's a balancing act for all of us
The UK property market is always evolving but never as quickly as it is now. Traditional estate agents are seriously questioning the need for their swanky high street offices and the inevitable overheads.
"Very interesting - we should talk"
"Good Morning, We are an estate agent and interested in being able to arrange searches for sellers at an early stage. Look forward to speaking to you next week."
"The industry needs a good shake up to reduce delays for home movers"
How uncanny Mike as I met with an agent myself last week and I brought this very thing up. As long as the searches are reputable and valid, we’d have no issues [receiving searches ordered by the seller]'.
IH | Director & Solicitor
"This sounds great! - call me"
'It has to be the way forward but: The buyers lawyer needs to know that if there is an error on the search he is covered, his buyer client is covered and his lender client is covered. Some would probably want to run it by their PI insurers and get SRA and Law Soc approval/comment'.
TH | Industry Guru & Trainer
'Sales used to take 12 weeks on average but now take 16-18 weeks, something needs to change, it can't go on. COVID has accelerated the need to adopt new technologies'
GF Oct 2020