What Can Delay Completion On My Property Purchase?

There Are Several Reasons Why The Process Of Exchanging Contracts Could Be Held Up

The process of selling your property can be a stressful one, especially if you’re worried about the date completion being delayed. There are several reasons why the process of exchanging contracts could be held up, but the good news is that many of those are avoidable. Our team of experts at MyHaus property have some advice to help prevent any delays from arising during your sale.

What Can Delay Exchanging Contracts?

The exchange of contracts is a key step in all property transactions as it’s the point which everything becomes legally binding. It can be an arduous process to get there and all transactions are different, and there are lots of variables that come into play. Here are some common reasons for delayed completions.

1. Searches, Queries, And Communication

If one of the search results hasn’t yet arrived, the contract exchanging will be halted until it turns up. Unanswered queries are another cause of delays. Both the seller and buyer’s solicitors ask questions of the other party, and the exchange of contracts can only proceed after they receive an answer. If one of the solicitors is slow or unresponsive, further delays can occur.

Any of the parties involved in the property sale could cause a hold-up if they’re slow in responding to information requests or documentation. But you can speed up the process as much as possible at your end by answering any questions promptly, reading, signing, and returning paperwork quickly, and keeping in touch regularly with your solicitor and estate agent.

2. Issues With The Chain

Most property sales involve a chain, and if there is a problem anywhere along its links, every sale and purchase will be held up. For example, if a buyer’s mortgage lender finds something dishonest or untoward about the applicant or property, they can stop the process by withdrawing an offer.

Unfortunately, in some cases, a buyer may also develop cold feet, bringing a halt to the process. Using the services of a reliable estate agent like MyHaus property is the best way to prevent this, as your agent will communicate with the buyer to find out what their issue is and to offer solutions that will get the chain moving again.

3. Market Conditions

Sometimes, conditions in the property market will affect the length of time you need to wait until completion can happen. If the market is overwhelmed with a lot of sales and purchases, searches will take longer to be returned, and estate agents and solicitors may experience backlogs. Although this only happens rarely, it can be a frustrating cause of delays.

4. Gazundering And Gazumping  

Although the practices of gazundering and gazumping are frowned upon, they still exist in the property market. Until contracts are exchanged, these practices are entirely legal, albeit unethical.

How To Minimise Completion Delays

Although there is little that you can do to prevent delays further down the property chain, choosing the right team of professionals is the best way to avoid issues. Our team of passionate negotiators at MyHaus property are highly experienced and always work with your best interests at the fore making us a solid choice to handle your sale.

Get in touch today at info@myhausbrighton.co.uk or on 01273 286788 to find out more.

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