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House buying and selling

Buying or selling a home. Including information on costs, working out what you can afford, and conveyancing.

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  • Selling a homethis link opens in a new window

    Information on the process of selling a house including Home Information Packs, estate agents, the use of solicitors, exchange of contract and completion.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • Selling a homethis link opens in a new window

    Information about the costs involved in selling your home and how the process works. (Applies in England only)

    From: Shelter

  • The buying processthis link opens in a new window

    The process of buying a home can be long and complicated. There are six main steps in the process. It helps if you understand what's involved at each stage and some of the common problems buyers face.

    From: Shelter

  • Finding a place to buythis link opens in a new window

    When you have worked out how much you can afford to spend, you'll need to decide what kind of property you want. You can then look for suitable available properties and arrange to view them. (Applies to England only)

    From: Shelter

  • Problems with buying and selling a home.this link opens in a new window

    Explains your rights when buying or selling a house or flat, and tells you how to deal with common problems.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • Using estate agentsthis link opens in a new window

    It's possible to sell your home privately but most people use an estate agent to sell their homes. Information about why it's important to choose carefully, and to make sure you understand what the contract you have with the agent means.

    From: Shelter

  • Estate agents and making an offerthis link opens in a new window

    Information about using an estate agent in both selling and buying a property.

    From: Directgov

  • Buying with other peoplethis link opens in a new window

    If you buy a home with another person, you need to decide how you will share ownership of the property. This is important whether you want to buy with your spouse, partner, a family member or a friend.

    From: Shelter

  • Home information packsthis link opens in a new window

    Information on home information packs including what you need to do if you are selling a property and what you can expect if you are buying one.

    From: Directgov

  • Right to buythis link opens in a new window

    If you are a council tenant, you may be able to get a discount to buy the home you currently rent. This is called the Right to Buy. You may also have kept the Right to Buy if your home has been transferred from the council to a housing association since you moved in. information on the discounts that may be available and how they work.

    From: Shelter

  • Just the facts about equity release schemes (PDF)this link opens in a new window

    Information about equity release schemes, which allow older people to use the value of their home to raise additional income or a cash lump sum.

    From: Money Made Clear

  • Selling your property to clear your mortgage debtsthis link opens in a new window

    Information about selling your property to clear your mortgage debt including handing back the keys and making up a shortfall following the sale.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • Buying services - further helpthis link opens in a new window

    Organisations which help with consumer problems including mail order, banking and insurance services and property and building services.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • Ownership schemesthis link opens in a new window

    If property is expensive in your area, buying on the open market may seem impossible, but in many parts of the country there are schemes that can help make home ownership a more realistic option.

    From: Shelter

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