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    • ZimDee
    • By ZimDee 11th Jan 19, 3:28 PM
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    Selling Flat - long time to exchange
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    • 11th Jan 19, 3:28 PM
    Selling Flat - long time to exchange 11th Jan 19 at 3:28 PM
    Hi All. I am selling my flat (first time seller) and the memorandum of sale was sent / received at the begining of September 2018 and there has still been no mention of an exchange date from the buyers side despite me asking my solicitor to follow up with the buyers solicitors a number of times. Is it normal to be this long (nearly 5 months) without an exchange date being mentioned , I believe it is chain free on both sides. Any suggestions of what I can do to speed up the process. Thanks and apologies if this is on another thread but could not find one.
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    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 11th Jan 19, 5:00 PM
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    Normally your estate agent will 'progress the sale' - i.e. chase up the buyer (assuming the agent is paid on completion).

    Solicitors don't really do 'sales progression' or chasing.

    So contact your agent and ask them to give the buyer a call, to find out what's happening.
    • pphillips
    • By pphillips 11th Jan 19, 5:01 PM
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    Call the estate agent and get them to chase it up - it's what your paying them for. If that doesn't work, a more drastic approach is that you can threaten to put the property back on the market if the buyer doesn't get a move on.
    • badger09
    • By badger09 11th Jan 19, 5:24 PM
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    • 11th Jan 19, 5:24 PM
    Hi All. I am selling my flat (first time seller) and the memorandum of sale was sent / received at the begining of September 2018 and there has still been no mention of an exchange date from the buyers side despite me asking my solicitor to follow up with the buyers solicitors a number of times. Is it normal to be this long (nearly 5 months) without an exchange date being mentioned , I believe it is chain free on both sides. Any suggestions of what I can do to speed up the process. Thanks and apologies if this is on another thread but could not find one.
    Originally posted by ZimDee
    When did you complete the Property Information Form and Fitting & Contents Form? Were there any follow up questions from your buyers? If so, when did you answer them?

    Have your buyers had a survey done? When?

    In other words, what was the latest thing to happen, and when was that?

    You say you believe it is chain free on both sides. What exactly do you mean by that?

    Most straightforward sales would have completed by now, so something is delaying yours.
    • ZimDee
    • By ZimDee 13th Jan 19, 10:04 AM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 10:04 AM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 10:04 AM
    When did you complete the Property Information Form and Fitting & Contents Form? Were there any follow up questions from your buyers? If so, when did you answer them?

    Have your buyers had a survey done? When? Yes the surveys have been done

    In other words, what was the latest thing to happen, and when was that? The last enquiry I had was just before Xmas - asking if I have complied with the lease

    You say you believe it is chain free on both sides. What exactly do you mean by that? Buyer is not selling a property and I'm not buying another property

    Most straightforward sales would have completed by now, so something is delaying yours.
    Originally posted by badger09
    . I have been asking what the delay is but not getting any response
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