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Tips for buying a new house in time for Christmas

For those who decide to buy a house towards the end of the year, a common goal is often to move into the new property by Christmas. Although this may seem a long way off, buying a property can be a time consuming process, especially if you need to sell a house as well.

If you’re selling a property, then sign up with estate agents who use the main portals to sell your home, such as Zoopla. This is where most people will find their next home. Preparing your home for sale will also help the process to move swiftly along. De-cluttering will increase the appeal for buyers, and also help the removal process.

Although you naturally want to achieve the highest price for your home, it is crucial to have a realistic listing price which reflects the current market. Selecting a buyer who is able to move swiftly will also help to speed up the process. If your buyer still has a property to sell themselves, this may delay the proceedings for a considerable period of time.

Once you have found a property you wish to buy and have an offer for your current home, speak to a selection of conveyancing solicitors, and give them some potential time frames. Consider those who believe they can meet your deadlines.

Of course, you will have to reapply for a mortgage when you buy your new home, which may not be as straight forward as before. A mortgage advisor, who has spent time on a CeMAP training course, will be able to help you obtain the best value mortgage for your circumstances.

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