Diary of a Conveyancer (in these challenging times…) Part Ten
Posted on 29 May 2020
With the sun shining and the Property Market very much open, we have had one of our busiest weeks for people moving!
We usually get very busy before Christmas and prior to school holidays and bank holidays weekends but this week has been just as busy.
It is particularly great to be able to complete chains of transactions (where people are both selling and buying). Some clients have been waiting for weeks, even months, for mortgage offers, search results, removals and or their properties to built, so it lovely to be able to assist so many people to be able to move into their new homes.
Today alone I have had the pleasure in hand-writing 8 of our “New Home” cards for people who are moving into their properties this week. As a team we have long been sending our clients a card to congratulate them and wish them the best of luck in their new homes but it seems more special to do so this week in particular, after they have all had to wait for that special moment.
Last week, it seemed that the Property Market was rebuilding momentum after its closure. However, this week I am experiencing the backlogs in the property industry start to ease somewhat, which will only help us to progress more of our transactions:
- The Land Registry have reopened their Customer Support Centre telephone service (albeit with a smaller team and only in the mornings);
- the backlog of mortgage valuations seems to be being worked through as offers start being produced; and
- updates from our search provider show that some Local Authorities are starting to reopen their Local Search teams.
These are all very positive signs!
If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, are looking at buying your first home or upsizing or downsizing, please feel free to contact me or a member of my team. We understand that buying and/or selling a house is one of the most important financial decisions someone can make and we try to do our best to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
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