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    • Alleygator
    • By Alleygator 17th May 18, 3:35 PM
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    Are solicitors always so slow?!
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    • 17th May 18, 3:35 PM
    Are solicitors always so slow?! 17th May 18 at 3:35 PM
    Hi all,

    My partner and I are first time buyers buying new build property, weíve reserved the plot with the builders, met with a mortgage advisor and have been given a mortgage in principle (yey!) and have spoken with a solicitor to get the ball rolling with our contracts.
    However, I spoke to the solicitor over a week ago and provided her with the information she asked for and Iíve not heard from her since!

    Iíve emailed her since to let her know we have a mortgage in principal and to let her know the estate agent has given me a time scale for the build which will be ready in October. But still nothing... are all solicitors slow? I donít want to seem like Iím pestering but I just want to get on with everything now!

    Anyone else experienced anything like this and has advice for me?

    Thanks!
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    • sammcmillan
    • By sammcmillan 17th May 18, 3:39 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 3:39 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 3:39 PM
    Hi - although not a FTB - we have recently exchanged on a new build (should be ready Aug/Sept) and we experienced a delay initially - this was because our solicitor was waiting to receive the contract from the builders - so you will probably find that is what your solicitor is waiting for.

    In our case it took just under 2 weeks before the contract pack was received by my solicitor. You could try mentioning it to the new build sales advisor and see if they can speed things up??!!

    Good luck !
    • theartfullodger
    • By theartfullodger 17th May 18, 3:39 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 3:39 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 3:39 PM
    How did you choose her? Reputation, reviews, qualifications or price?

    What did you agree with solicitor about how/when they would respond?
    • Alleygator
    • By Alleygator 17th May 18, 3:46 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 3:46 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 3:46 PM
    Hi - although not a FTB - we have recently exchanged on a new build (should be ready Aug/Sept) and we experienced a delay initially - this was because our solicitor was waiting to receive the contract from the builders - so you will probably find that is what your solicitor is waiting for.

    In our case it took just under 2 weeks before the contract pack was received by my solicitor. You could try mentioning it to the new build sales advisor and see if they can speed things up??!!

    Good luck !
    Originally posted by sammcmillan
    Iím hoping thatís what it is! Just annoying as surely she could just reply to let me know thatís what is happening, Iím just too excited and want to get on with it haha!
    • Alleygator
    • By Alleygator 17th May 18, 3:50 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 3:50 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 3:50 PM
    How did you choose her? Reputation, reviews, qualifications or price?

    What did you agree with solicitor about how/when they would respond?
    Originally posted by theartfullodger
    She was recommended by the estate agent as sheís dealt with the majority of the other buyers on the site plus if we use her the builders will pay for half of our fees which is a mega plus for us. Iíve also done a lot of research before we contacted her to make sure she was going to be reliable and all reviews I can find are extremely positive.

    Nothing was ever agreed, I emailed her to explain that her details had been passed on via the estate agent and about our situation. She then emailed back and said she would be happy to act for us and asked for basic details such as names, addresses and property price and explained the exchange of contract and completion processes and said she was going to open a case for us and I havenít heard anything since.
    • Jojomissy
    • By Jojomissy 17th May 18, 4:14 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:14 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:14 PM
    So she is linked to the developers...big mistake!

    It is not worth scrimping on a few hundred for legal fees, get an independent solicitor. Why do you think the estate agents recommended them?
    £££££ in their pocket.
    • Akahotpot
    • By Akahotpot 17th May 18, 4:41 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:41 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:41 PM
    They seem to work on a nothing to tell you principle rather than a manage expectation principle
    • cloo
    • By cloo 17th May 18, 4:57 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:57 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:57 PM
    Solicitors can be slow, especially early on. But I agree that is this is the builder's solicitor, you are not likely to get good service - the good thing about your own solicitor is that you know they are working for you, and can usually trust their judgement when you can't trust the agent (who will tell you all kinds of nonsense about how close you are to completing, pressurise you to move things on etc) but I wouldn't 100% trust the reassurances of one employed by the developer.



    As this is a new development it could be quite some time before anything happens.


    NB, as you have probably been told, don't give notice or anything before the place is ready to move into, odds are it will not be ready in October. Thought it worth saying, as have too often heard people getting themselves in a scrape by being overly optimistic.



    Good luck, and hold onto your hats!
    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 17th May 18, 5:43 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 5:43 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 5:43 PM
    Some or all of these may apply:
    • It always takes longer than you think it should
    • They may be waiting on responses from other people/3rd parties
    • They generally contact you when they need to, not to simply pass the time of day, or phone you to say they've got nothing to tell you about
    • You're not their only client
    • Other clients are closer to exchange than you are
    • Thrugelmir
    • By Thrugelmir 17th May 18, 5:47 PM
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    However, I spoke to the solicitor over a week ago and provided her with the information she asked for and I!!!8217;ve not heard from her since!
    Originally posted by Alleygator
    You'll need a mortgage offer before matters will proceed. The developers solicitor won't be taking any action either. Pointless to waste time (and your money) if matters don't proceed.

    Is the property ready for oocupation?
    Financial disasters happen when the last person who can remember what went wrong last time has left the building.
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 17th May 18, 5:50 PM
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    You have to remember that solicitors are often not dealing with just your property at any one time.
    • Kyresa
    • By Kyresa 17th May 18, 7:51 PM
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    Some or all of these may apply:
    • It always takes longer than you think it should
    • They may be waiting on responses from other people/3rd parties
    • They generally contact you when they need to, not to simply pass the time of day, or phone you to say they've got nothing to tell you about
    • You're not their only client
    • Other clients are closer to exchange than you are
    Originally posted by ReadingTim

    Amen to this. You'd be amazed at people who think it should just happen and have no idea of the process behind gathering all the information! I doubt his(her) solicitors have even received a contract pack yet!
    • Alleygator
    • By Alleygator 18th May 18, 3:31 AM
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    As we!!!8217;re FTB I literally have no clue how the whole process works at all, she!!!8217;s said we need to exchange contracts within 28 days and then complete when we can move in.

    I get the solicitor is busy and has other clients but I thought I!!!8217;d at least get an acknowledgment after I sent the initial email out of courtesy to say !!!8220;thanks, got your info and I!!!8217;ll be in touch when I!!!8217;ve got anything!!!8221;.

    Like I said, we!!!8217;re FTB and we!!!8217;ve never rented, our parents have lived in their respective houses for 30 odd years so they can!!!8217;t really give us specifics on what happens when buying a house either. I!!!8217;m just excited and apprehensive all in one at being able to get onto the property ladder at all.
    • RedFraggle
    • By RedFraggle 18th May 18, 6:48 AM
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    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/mortgages/mortgage-guide
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    • thelem
    • By thelem 18th May 18, 1:38 PM
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    Have you committed to using this solicitor in any way, e.g. paid a deposit, or signed a contract? If not, I'd ditch them and find your own solicitor.


    Do you have a full breakdown of their charges and have you compared the quote to other solicitors? Having the builder pay half the fee doesn't save you anything if the fee is three times what other people are charging. The estate agent will probably be getting a referral fee from the conveyancer, and this fee will be added to your bill. The referral fee can be more than the fee that the conveyancer actually earns!


    It's also not a good idea to have a conveyancer who is connected with your builder. One of the important aspects of the conveyancing process is checking for any reasons that you shouldn't buy a property, or that will affect the value of the property. A conveyancer who is connected with the builder (or operates on a no sale-no fee basis) has an incentive for the sale to complete, so they may be less keen to bring problems to your attention, or may play down things that they do bring to your attention.


    If you want good service, use a local conveyancer.
    If you want the cheapest price, use an online conveyancer, but expect things to take longer.
    Note: Unless otherwise stated, my property related posts refer to England & Wales. Please make sure you state if you are discussing Scotland or elsewhere as laws differ.
    • SG27
    • By SG27 18th May 18, 1:48 PM
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    No they arent always slow. We accepted an offer on our house 3 weeks ago. Draft contract pack was sent out the day after. Valuation and buyers mortgage aprroved week 2, this week we have received enquires from the buyers solicitor and these have been responded to. All seems to be happening very fast.
    Im starting to think maybe I should start packing??

    Unlike last time, the solicitor then was a nightmare...
    Last edited by SG27; 18-05-2018 at 1:51 PM.
    • Richard Webster
    • By Richard Webster 19th May 18, 3:49 PM
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    If it has only been going a week it is quite likely that they haven't received anything from the seller's solicitors so there is nothing to tell you yet. OK they could tell you that.
    RICHARD WEBSTER

    As a retired conveyancing solicitor I believe the information given in the post to be useful assuming any properties concerned are in England/Wales but I accept no liability for it.
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