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We understand that buying and selling can be a daunting experience. This is why we have defined some of the less frequently known words and phrases that may crop up in your journey. 

AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE

We understand that buying and selling can be a daunting experience. This is why we have defined some of the less frequently known words and phrases that may crop up in your journey. 

BUILDING SURVEY

Formerly known as a structural survey, a Building Survey is a detailed

report on the construction of a property. It is the most comprehensive survey you can buy and is suitable for listed buildings, older or unusual homes or ones you intend to completely renovate.

CHARTERED SURVEYOR

A surveyor, accredited by RICS who is employed to carry out a survey on a property.

EXCHANGE

The point at which signed contracts confirming the intention to transfer

ownership between buyer and seller are physically exchanged. At this stage the parties become legally bound by the terms. It is at this stage you will be required to pay the deposit (typically 10% of the purchase price).

COMPLETION

Completion is when you can move in! The sale of the property is finalised and the legal transfer of ownership passes from one party to another.

ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE (EPC)

A certificate that details how efficiently a property uses energy with a ranking between A-G (with A being the most efficient). It will also provide an estimation of energy costs and offer suggestions on how to improve your efficiency. An EPC is legally required for properties being marketed for rent as well as for sale.

DISBURSEMENTS

Fees that are paid by the solicitor on behalf of the buyer. These range from stamp duty and local authority searches to money transfer fees.

NHBC WARRANTY

A guarantee offered on some newly built homes for structural defects occurring within a specified time after construction.

STAMP DUTY LAND TAX (SDLT)

The tax paid to the government by a buyer on the purchase of a property. The tax kicks in at £125,000 but genuine first-time buyers get the first £300,000 of a property value tax-free if the home is worth less than £500,000.

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