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Selling your property can be basic, however with so many different schemes and second charges, there are multiple factors to consider.
Today we are going to focus on a basic sale.
You are either:
- A home Mover
- Deciding to sell and rent going forward/move in with family.
“I’m not too sure about when, but I know that I want to sell my property this year”.
“I’ve got my eyes on a property, I’m ready to make an Offer, but I haven’t even put my property on the market yet”.
“I want to move, but I haven’t got my eyes on a property just yet, they’re just not ticking all of the boxes”.
My answer to all of the above is to get in touch with the local Estate Agency’s in your area and put your property up for sale.
Once it’s up, you can always take it down if you change your mind. The longer you procrastinate doing nothing, no one is viewing your property, no one knows you’re considering selling up and once you see a property you are interested in and tight deadlines follow, you’ll be anxious and overwhelmed with the process.
STEP 1: Contact local agents and explain your situation
STEP 2: Get them round to view your property and give you a rough idea of what your property is worth, what properties in your area have been sold for of late
STEP 3: Understand the agents charge policy. Some charge 1% of the sale price, other 0.5%, 0.25% etc and there are a variety of packages including pictures, Zoopla listings etc that you need to be aware of
STEP 4: Solicitor – find one. Just like with a purchase, you’ll need a solicitor to act on your behalf. They will liaise with the buyers solicitors to arrange particulars of the contracts, exchange and completion dates.
STEP 5: Funds – Once the sale is done and monies are received, your solicitor will pay off your existing Mortgage and the excess will be yours.
STEP 6: Buying a new home – The excess funds will be used as a deposit towards your new home. That’s why it’s important to sell and buy simultaneously.
STEP 6: Renting/Moving in with family – The excess funds will be wired to the account of your chance savings, current, bond etc.
What about Tax?
Private Residence Relief. You don’t pay Capital Gains Tax when you sell (or ‘dispose of’) your home if all of the following apply: you have one home and you’ve lived in it as your main home for all the time you’ve owned it. you haven’t let part of it out – this doesn’t include having a single lodger.
What if I bought my house under a government scheme or have a second charge in place?
Consult a solicitor. One that specialities in properties sold under your scheme/second charges before you put it up for sale. You need to understand the process, legalities and personal cost to you.
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