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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 23rd Oct 12, 2:39 PM
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    MSE Jenny
    50 House Buying Tricks guide discussion
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    • 23rd Oct 12, 2:39 PM
    50 House Buying Tricks guide discussion 23rd Oct 12 at 2:39 PM



    Hi all, we've written a new 50 House Buying Tricks guide with help from your 'what I wish I'd known before buying' tales.

    How did you find the info? Do you have any other tips you'd add? Did your new home come with any hidden catches that others could learn from?

    Thanks
    for your help!


    MSE Jenny

    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 24-10-2012 at 10:16 AM.
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    • SuzieSue
    • By SuzieSue 15th Nov 16, 3:47 PM
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    If you're buying a new build don't use the builder's recommended solicitors even if they give you a discount for using them.

    Also, read this if you are buying a new build leasehold house or flat (many new build houses are leasehold now):

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/oct/29/new-builds-house-buyers-leasehold-property-trap


    Also, be careful if the road you are buying on is unadopted (google for horror stories)
    • cloo
    • By cloo 15th Nov 16, 4:41 PM
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    cloo
    My top tip is use a solicitor recommended by a friend - I am so, so grateful for the solicitor recommended to me who did our last two sets of conveyancing!

    If you're not sure which surveyor to use, go by whoever seems to have been around locally the longest. They'll be best informed about typical local structures, ground composition etc.

    If you're worried about damp issues, get an independent specialist damp surveyor - they won't be working for a supplier so will give you an honest and usually reassuring assessment!
    • Joe69
    • By Joe69 9th Jun 17, 9:06 AM
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    Joe69
    As a cash buyer (therefore no need to apply for mortgage) I was slightly caught out when I came to sell the house 13 years later. My best buyers were refused a mortgage and had to pull out. The reason was the "non-standard materials" the house was made of. It was a very sound house indeed, but was made of rubble mixed with cement and whitewashed. I did get a buyer in the end but at a considerably lower price.
    • Winter Phoenix
    • By Winter Phoenix 9th Jun 17, 7:53 PM
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    Winter Phoenix
    Erm ... Post #43 by Joe 69 appears to be a paste of half of Tenuissent's post at #7 of this thread...?
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