Howell Kelly Solicitors Rathgar Clondalkin Dublin

Conveyancing Solicitors Clondalkin & Rathgar, Dublin

Conveyancing | Buying or Selling a Property

Buying or selling a house is a big decision. For some people it can also be a little daunting. At Howell Kelly Solicitors. we are experts in property law.

We take the stress out of the transaction, offering an expert service and the most competitive prices in Dublin, providing our clients with clear and transparent costs.

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Steps to Buying Property

Buying your new home is a really exciting time. It’s important to get the best advice from a solicitor who is experienced in the area. The expert team at Howell Kelly Solicitors. will be with you every step of the way, from making your initial offer to handing over the keys of your new home! There are a number of things to think about before you buy, from budget, to finding the right home and making sure you have the best legal advice throughout the process..

Find the Right Solicitor

Howell Kelly Solicitors have a team of experts in the area of property. We are used to dealing with vendors, estate agents and mortgage institutions and our solicitors have an in-depth knowledge of all the legal areas associated with buying a home. This is the sort of expertise and experience you need on your side when making the decision to buy a home. We understand that buying a home will probably be the biggest financial decision you’ve ever made and we make sure you get the best service from a dedicated team. We will give you a clear outline of our very competitive rates, from the outset.

Getting your Budget Right

The first thing you need to do is find out what your budget is. Talk to the mortgage advisor at your bank or other financial institution at the earliest stage, to see what level of finance you can raise.

Make sure that you have formal mortgage approval in place before making any offers on properties or beginning your search in earnest.

Remember that all banks will require that you have Life Assurance in place to ensure that in the event of you or any other person with whom you purchased the property passing away, the loan will be paid. It is important that this be dealt with as soon as possible. Various Insurance Companies may require medical reports in regard to any medical problem you may have.

When looking at your budget, you need to take into account your legal fees and any surveys you may need to pay for. At Howell & Co. we provide extremely competitive rates for an expert and thorough service.

Looking for the Right Home for You

Buying a house is a major decision. Remember that there may be more than one house which is perfect for you. Sometimes buyers can get caught up in the moment and make rash decisions. We help you keep your feet on the ground and are with you every step of the way with sound, solid advice.

Think of what you want from your home. Is it a “starter” home or are you planning on finding the house you want to live in for many years to come? Is there access to schools or services that you need? Is there an area which you really want to live in? If so, you may have to adjust your expectations to live in that area. Are you looking for a house or an apartment or are you flexible? If you are buying with someone else, such as a partner or spouse, make sure you are on the same page about what you are looking for and of course, don’t lose sight of budget!

You’ve Found Your Ideal Home – What Next?

Once you’ve found the house you’re looking for, there are a number of steps to take. We will advise you along the way. We will also act on your behalf, so you can be safe in the knowledge that there is someone who has your interests to the fore, dealing with all the legal aspects of your house purchase.

Agreeing the Price and Paying a Deposit

Once you have found the home you’re looking for, you will need to make an offer. This may involve some negotiation with the seller or their estate agent. Once the sale price is agreed you can now start the process of securing your new home.

You should give the details of your solicitor to the estate agent, as your solicitor will be involved from the earliest stage.

You will be asked to pay a refundable deposit. You will now be at the “sale agreed” stage. This stage is non-binding. When the sale is completed, you will be able to receive the keys.

On receipt of the booking deposit, the auctioneer will prepare the Sales Advice Notice and will send it to the solicitor for the vendor. It should be noted that some auctioneers do not send such an Advice Note to the solicitor for the purchaser, so it is important that you keep your solicitor informed as this transaction progresses.

On the payment of the booking deposit, it is important you contact your bank or lending institution to ensure your loan offer issues for the property you propose purchasing, without delay. On the issuing of the loan offer, your lending institution or bank will send a loan pack to your solicitor. On the basis of the title documentation furnished, your solicitor will then prepare the mortgage documents to be signed by you and advise you on the loan offer including any special conditions included in your loan offer which you may have to comply with, prior to the signing of any contracts.

Valuations and Surveys

Your mortgage company or bank will require you to have the property you want to buy, valued. They will furnish you with the details of their recommended valuers in your area, who will assess the value of the house.

It is usually advisable to employ an engineer when you are purchasing a property, to ensure that the property you are purchasing is structurally sound as in certain cases, including in particular the purchase of a second-hand property, you may have no recourse against the vendor in the event of any structural problems arising.

It will also be necessary when you are purchasing certain properties, for your engineer to inspect the boundaries of the property you propose purchasing, as again you are purchasing the property with full knowledge of any difficulties which may arise in relation to boundaries.

Receiving and Signing Contracts

The vendor’s solicitor will send out contracts and copy title documents to your solicitor. Your solicitor will then read these contracts and investigate the title to the property. They will raise what are called pre-contract queries and the vendor’s solicitors will reply. When you have your mortgage in place and your engineer is satisfied with the property and your solicitor is satisfied with the title, you will sign the contracts in duplicate

You will need to arrange an appointment with your solicitor, with a view to signing the contract. Once your solicitor is satisfied that the title to the property you propose purchasing is in order and that you are in a position to comply with all conditions in your loan offer, you should be in a position to sign contracts and pay the balance of the deposit which is normally 10% of the purchase price, minus any booking deposit you may have paid to the auctioneer.

Your solicitor will keep one copy of the documents and the other will be sent to the vendor’s solicitor with the balance of the deposit. This deposit is now non-refundable. You will also sign the mortgage documentation for the bank if relevant at this point. The contracts are exchanged, and at this point you will have a binding contract to purchase the house.

At this point you are bound to purchase the house, however you will not get access to the house until such time as the sale closes. 

Closing the Sale

On the exchange of contracts, your solicitor will raise what is referred to as Requisitions on Title which is a set of queries dealing with the property you propose purchasing. The vendor’s solicitor will then reply to these. Once your solicitor confirms that all documents are in order and there are no matters appearing on any searches which give rise to concern, arrangements will be then made, to complete the purchase of the property.

Once a closing date is agreed, your solicitor will arrange to drawdown your loan cheque from your bank or lending institution.

After the contracts have been exchanged, your solicitor will draft the transfer deed which transfers the title from the vendor to you. The draft transfer deed is sent to the vendor’s solicitor who arranges for the deed to be signed by the vendors. Your solicitor will now draw down the mortgage (if necessary) and will advise you on closing balance, along with stamp duty, professional fees and other outlay.

On the day of the closing both solicitors meet. Your solicitor will either electronically transfer the balance funds or hand over a draft for the balance funds in return for the signed transfer deed and the title documents. You will now also receive the keys to your new home! The house is now legally yours but your solicitor still has work to do.

At this point you are bound to purchase the house, however you will not get access to the house until such time as the sale closes.

Final Steps by Solicitor

Once you have signed contracts, your solicitor will look after all the associated paperwork and financial arrangements that have to be attended to.

When the transaction to buy the house is completed, the deed transferring the property into your name must be signed by you, the purchaser. You solicitor will arrange this with you.

On the completion of the transaction, it will be necessary to have the deed transferring the property into your name, stamped by the Revenue Commissioners. If Stamp Duty is payable on the property, it must be paid no later than 28 days from the date of the completion of the purchase. It is vital that you furnish your solicitor with a bank draft for any stamp duty payable as the delay in the payment of the stamp duty could give rise to stamp duty penalties.

On the stamping of the documents by the Revenue Commissioners, your solicitor will proceed to have the property registered in your name in the Land Registry or the Registry of Deeds, depending on the nature of the title to the property you purchased.

Once the registration of the property is completed, your solicitor will schedule your title documents and forward them to your lending institution, who will hold them on your behalf, until such time as you require them, either for the sale or the re-mortgage of the property. If you do not have a mortgage the title deeds can be kept safely by your solicitor.

If you have any queries about buying or selling a house, the team at Howell Kelly Solicitors will be happy to guide you through our service and fees.

Steps to Selling Property

Appointing a Solicitor

This is the one of the first things to do when selling a house. If you have a mortgage, your solicitor must take up your title deeds from the financial institution. Title deeds will be released on trust by the bank until the sale goes through and the mortgage redeemed. If you don’t have a mortgage give all your title deed to your solicitor at the first opportunity. Once the solicitor has the title deeds he/she will investigate the title and see if they need to apply for any documents in order to complete the sale.

Finding a Buyer

Most people selling a home appoint an estate agent or auctioneer. They usually look after advertising in papers or online and will be responsible for putting up “for sale” signs. They normally deal directly with prospective buyers. To find a buyer, you need to agree the proposed sale price. Once a sale is agreed, the buyer pays a deposit. The amount of deposit can vary but it’s often between €5,000 and €10,000. The property is now considered as “sale agreed”. At this stage buyer or seller still have time to reconsider. The house doesn’t change to “sold” until all aspects of the sale go through.

Contracts – Step By Step

Issuing Contracts
Your estate agent or auctioneer will send a “sales letter” to your solicitor outlining the parties (seller and buyer) and the terms of the sales agreement.

Your solicitor will prepare the contracts. Issues such as the closing date, the contents, and any issues surrounding planning or the boundaries will be dealt with in the contracts.

Pre-Contract Queries
Any queries about the sale will be dealt with by Howell & Co. We are experts in all areas of conveyancing and will look after all the details for you.

Signing Contracts
When the Purchaser’s Solicitor is happy with the Contracts and title, they arrange for the purchasers to sign the Contracts. The contracts are then returned to your solicitor.

Generally a “contract deposit”, separate and distinct from the booking deposit paid to the auctioneer is payable. This is generally about 10% of the sale price less the booking deposit.

You sign the Contracts in your Solicitor’s Office, and one copy is sent back to the purchaser’s solicitor for their records. This is the stage at which you become legally bound to sell the house.

Once the contracts are returned to your solicitor, the purchaser is bound to purchase and the deposits are non-refundable.

Requisitions on Title
The buyer’s Solicitor raises any questions on the title. This is known as “requisitions on title”. They then draft the Purchase Deed. Both of these documents are sent to your Solicitor who answers the requisitions and who approves the draft deed.
Closing a Sale

You attend your Solicitor’s office to sign the Transfer deed and other documentation such as a family home declaration, section 72 declaration, or sometimes a declaration that you did not build any structures outside of planning permission.

Your solicitor may need to confirm if the road adjacent to your house is a public road, or if the house is in a housing estate, that the local authority have taken it in charge and look after the roads and services. A letter from the Local Authority may be required (€88.00).

You may also need to produce receipts showing that no arrears for refuse collection are outstanding. You may also need to show that you have registered the property with Irish Water and there are no charges outstanding. Proof of payment of household charge and LPT (Local Property Tax) will also be required.

If the house is not your principal private residence proof of payment of NPPR (Non Principal Private Residence charge), will be required for the years the charge was in force.

Handing over the Keys

Your Solicitor agrees a closing date with the purchaser’s solicitors. On this day you will hand over title deeds and keys in exchange the balance of the sale price not already paid.

Redemption of Mortgage

If you have a Mortgage then the Solicitor is obliged to pay it off from the sale proceeds and the balance of the sale proceeds is transferred to your account after your solicitor has deducted the agreed fees and outlay.

If you have any queries about selling a house, the conveyancing team at Howell Kelly Solicitors will be happy to guide you through our service and fees.

Solicitors Costs & Fees

Fixed Fees

At Howell Kelly Solicitors, we give a commitment to transparency when setting out our fees. We inform you about costs from the outset, so there are no surprises.

Buying a residential property

PROFESSIONAL FEES start at €1,250 plus VAT

Expected Outlays

Registration fees: €400.00 – €800.00 (depending on value of property)

Registration fees: €175.00 (if you are getting a mortgage)

Copy Folio & File Plan: €40.00

Search fees: €61.50 (Dublin Property)* can vay upwards depending on title

Commissioner for Oaths: between €10.00 & €24.00

Stamp Duty: 1% purchase price

Miscellaneous Fee: €100 plus VAT @ 23% (postage, phones, faxes, couriers and photocopying)

Please contact us on 01 4030777 for a written quote

Selling a residential property

PROFESSIONAL FEES start at €1,250 plus VAT

Expected Outlays

Copy Folio & File Plan: €40.00

Fee to take up title deeds: varies with financial institution (Nil to €73.00)

Commissioner for Oaths: generally less than €50.00

Miscellaneous Fee: €100 plus VAT @ 23%: €23 (postage, phones, faxes, couriers and photocopying)

Please contact us on 01 4030777 for a written quote
* The professional fee quoted is for routine conveyances. Non-routine conveyances for e.g. buying from a Receiver or a Bank or any application for First Registration in the Land Registry may attract higher fees depending on the level of work involved.

* Buying & Selling Commercial Property attracts higher professional fees.

Please contact us on 01 4030777 for a written quote

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