Sales Process Guide

Accurate Valuation
Choosing the right agent
Instructing a solicitor
Marketing your property
Receiving an offer
Offer agreed
Exchange of contracts
Completion

Sales Process Step by Step Guide

Accurate valuation

Having complete confidence in your Estate Agent is most important. We carefully scrutinise all property values and statistics for our area from the wealth of information provided by the major internet portals; The Land Registry; The District Valuer and other relevant market reports, using our own extensive local knowledge and experience gained over the years.

Dowling Styles conduct numerous market appraisals every week using our professional skills and expertise to provide accurate property valuations. We will furnish you with any information which may have influenced our valuation of your property, taking into account both current market trends and recent sales values for the area.

Choosing the right agent

Your experience of selling a property should be enjoyable from the outset, and only the best Estate Agent can help you to achieve this.

Dowling Styles uses jargon-free, plain language in our Agency "Terms of Business" for the avoidance of any confusion and unexpected costs. We provide you with weekly updates of the market prior to receiving a suitable offer for purchase, although it is likely that we be contacting you far more frequently as the market is very active.

We oversee the marketing and promotion of your property on a daily basis and as soon as an offer has been received, we undertake to carefully follow through the sale process with you personally.

Our dedication and professionalism have resulted in many satisfied clients who have expressed their gratitude for our consistent, high standards of achievment. We would recommend that you refer to our Testimonials page on this site or to google+, prepared from genuine letters of commendation.

Instructing a solicitor

We recommend that you instruct a reputable solicitor or Licenced Conveyancer as early in the process as possible. As soon as an Offer for Sale is agreed, you will be in a better position to commence the legal process to achieve an earlier Completion Date.

Dowling Styles are happy to recommend local solicitors with whom we have good working relationships, and who will be happy to advise you throughout the purchase process.

Marketing your property

Your property will be advertised across the property marketing spectrum using traditional advertising channels including:-

newspaper advertising,

local monthly magasines and property journals for Elmbridge and Molesey,

our new prominent office window LED display,

office property lists and individual property brochures,

regular and targeted mailshots,

and online including:-

the major internet portals including RightMove, Zoopla, PrimeLocation etc. using both "Premium Listings" and "Featured Properties" facilities where available,

Banner advertising across the major property portals,

our newly relaunched "interactive" website at www.dowlingstyles.com which now accommodates all the latest technologies to include colour floorplans and where appropriate, drone photography and 360° viewing facilities,

targeted marketing via email leaflets, brochures etc. using add-on facililities available though the major property portals,

social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Linked In, and Twitter

 

We endeavour to make it easy for buyers to see to full potential of your property with clear and inviting photos; local area information including school catchment areas and travel information, along with helpful street views.

It is not uncommon that during the marketing period, you may receive direct and indirect approaches from other Estate Agents stating that they have an unencumbered buyer interested in your property. If this should be the case would you kindly refer the agent to us as we are happy to work with other genuine agents.

Receiving an offer

When we receive offers on your property we will confirm them immediately to you verbally and in writing within 24 hours of receipt.

We will ask any buyer that has made an offer to confirm how they intend to fund their purchase of your property. We will speak to their financial advisor/bank/solicitor to confirm their ability to move and we will expect to agree a time frame for the exchange of contracts.

Offer agreed

Once an offer has been accepted you will need to decide whether you wish to keep the property on the market until the Exchange of Contracts. We will then contact your solicitor, the buyer and the buyers solicitor and confirm the details of the sale. Offers are not legally binding until contracts have been exchanged. From now until exchange, you will need to be in close communication with your solicitor. We will also send you a guide to conveyancing to help you with this process.

Exchange of contracts

Exchanging contracts is the moment when the sale becomes legally binding on both sides. You can only exchange once your buyer has paid a cleared deposit funds (usually 10% of the sale price) to their solicitor's account. Your solicitor will inform you when contracts have been exchanged and they will notify Dowling Styles shortly thereafter. The Completion date is then chosen by mutual agreement and is contractually binding on all parties.

Completion

Completion is when the buyer's solicitor has transferred the remaining purchase price to your solicitor. This will be carried out on the Completion Date. Your solicitor will contact you when the money has cleared in their client account, after which we will be advised to release keys to your buyer.

This is just a very brief summary of the legal process. If you would like more information concerning the buying and selling of property in the United Kingdom, please contact us.