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A guide to buying a property

We know that buying a property isn’t always straightforward but we are here to help you at every step of the way.

We have put together a short guide covering the key process so you know what to expect.

Consider your needs
Location, no. of beds, schools and amenities, transport and storage – view your local branch map for help.

How much can you afford?
You can understand your finances better by using the Intercounty budget planner to see what available funds you have.

Arrange a meeting with a Mortgage Advisor to ensure that your aims are achievable. At Intercounty we have partnered with Embrace Mortgage Services who can help you understand more and how much mortgage you could get.

Time scales
Be clear about your time scale.

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Visit Estate Agency offices
Meet the people and talk through your needs and register your requirements. At Intercounty you're always welcome to pop in for a coffee and a chat.

Familiarise yourself with the area before viewing any properties, plan ahead with your personal Intercounty agent to ensure you maximise the time available. 54% of all viewings take place at the weekend so planning is essential to avoid disappointment.

The average initial viewing takes about 15mins at the property account for this and travel time in your plans. Assess all your viewings scoring for needs, location and "feel" identifying Yes/No, maybes and what you are willing to compromise on.

The day after viewing feel free to call Intercounty or we will call you for feedback and to discuss if you have a shortlist. The average number of viewings before buying is 12.

If you decide on the home that you want to buy call Intercounty at the earliest opportunity to discuss your thoughts and any offer you would like to make.

Intercounty will put your offer forward and this is the time to discuss with us, if you haven't already done so, conveyancing (solicitors) and touch base with one of the Embrace Mortgage Services team.

We will keep you informed at every opportunity and you are always welcome to call in. Generally vendors consider offers overnight but do not be put off if your offer is not accepted. This is an opportunity to re-evaluate and most negotiations do result in a positive outcome.

Once your offer is accepted make a mortgage appointment if you haven't already done so and appoint a conveyancer to carry out the legal work for you.

Memorandum of Sale
We will confirm in writing the agreed terms of the sale; this is called a Memorandum of Sale and is sent to you, the vendor and both conveyancers.

Intercounty will keep you updated regularly with the progress of your move. Sales progression is the next stage.  A memeber of our dedicated sale progression team will keep you updated everytime something happens.

My local branch

Get in touch with your local team who will be happy to help

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Tips before you view

Here are our top tips to consider when viewing houses


Embrace Mortgage Services

Talk to Embrace about finding the best Mortgage for you

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Thought about insurance?

It's important to know that your home and your family are safe

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I need a Solicitor

Intercounty conveyancing can help you deal with the legal side of moving

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How much can I afford?

Use our budget planner to plan your move

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