Diary Of A High Street Conveyancer – Friday March 27


I had two completions today – both were completed quickly – one was the purchase of an empty house by a first time buyer, the second the sale of an empty house. In the current climate, these are the best transactions you can have.

The purchase of the empty house was interesting in that my clients had to make their own arrangements with the seller about the handing over of keys. On the sale, I just rang the agents and they arranged for their local agent to meet the buyer at the house.

And other than the sale of an empty house on Wednesday, that could be me done.

I have a lot of chains where I am in the middle of the chains, and we would ideally have been looking to complete in the week before Easter, but the Government issued further guidance last night, specifically aimed at people moving house. The advice is to delay chains, although the purchase of an empty property can still go ahead.

I am going to do a file check and see how many purchases or sales of empty properties I have and see if I can get those completed but other than that, I think I shall be telling people not to move.

The risk is so high. And lenders are now making decisions about issuing mortgage offers. It is a real learning experience, and it is one of the times when the ability to talk to people and explain things to them in a way that they will understand is more important than ever.

My father used to say that a good teacher could teach either a five year old or a twenty one year old – it was just the content of the lesson which was different and I have really come to appreciate that statement in the last few days.

The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you just learned this morning – Anon

This is written by a real high street conveyancer who wishes to remain anonymous.

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