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Conveyancing Simplified

Expert Advice from McKees Law

Buying or selling a property in Northern Ireland can be both an exciting and daunting experience. As part of Conveyancing Week, we at PropertyPal are committed to helping you navigate the intricate process with ease. We’ve teamed up with McKees Law to bring you valuable insights and advice to help you mitigate the house buying process.

What is Conveyancing? When you buy or sell a property in Northern Ireland, there’s a vital process called ‘conveyancing.’ It’s the legal work needed to transfer ownership of the property from the seller to the buyer.

Why is it important? The conveyancing process is vital in the house buying journey as it legally transfers property ownership, verifies title legitimacy, and conducts crucial searches for potential issues. Conveyancers play a key role in resolving issues and facilitating a smooth completion.  They will liaise with all parties, including your mortgage lender, to ensure the proposed completion date is met and keys released to the buyer as early as possible.  

Understanding the Journey: A Quote from Philip McBride, Partner at McKees Law:

 “It is important to instruct a solicitor early in the conveyancing process so you understand the complexities of the transaction.   In Northern Ireland specific legal considerations and processes come into play. It’s essential for both buyers and sellers to be aware of their rights and obligations. At McKees Solicitors, we are dedicated to guiding our clients through each step, providing clarity and expertise to make the process as seamless as possible.

Top Tips for a Successful Conveyancing Process:

Early Preparation Pays Off: Start the conveyancing process early to avoid unnecessary delays. Speak to your solicitor and build a relationship.  Gather all relevant documents, such as title deeds and property information forms in advance.

Clear Communication: Establish open communication channels with your solicitor and estate agent. This ensures everyone is on the same page and can address any issues promptly.

Financial Health Check: Work closely with a mortgage advisor to assess your financial situation and explore mortgage options. Having a mortgage in principle can strengthen your position in negotiations.

Legal Guidance Matters: Rely on the expertise of solicitors like McKees Law. Their in-depth knowledge of Northern Ireland’s legal landscape is invaluable in navigating potential pitfalls.

Budget for Additional Costs: Be prepared for additional costs beyond the property price, such as legal fees, stamp duty and potential survey expenses. Budgeting for these costs ensures you’re financially prepared for the entire transaction.

Thorough Property Checks: Conduct thorough surveys and property checks to uncover any issues early on. This can prevent surprises and ensure you make informed decisions.

By combining legal expertise from McKees Law and financial guidance from your mortgage advisor, you will be equipped with a comprehensive support system to make your Northern Ireland conveyancing experience a success. 

Happy house hunting!

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About McKees Law:

McKees is a leading independent commercial law firm with a multi-jurisdictional team and specialist capability in financial services, dispute resolution, real estate and corporate legal services.

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Last modified: 24/06/2024