Up front access to clear information will improve home-buying process

Making clear and concise information available at the right time could speed up the entire home buying process, the Law Society of England and Wales argued today in response to a consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

“Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions people make, and it is important they have access to enough information to make an informed choice,” Law Society president Joe Egan said.

“Many people can get lost in the conveyancing maze. Estate agents, lenders and conveyancers all have a role to play in ensuring things proceed as smoothly as possible.

“Home buyers and sellers should be aware of their rights, as well as the responsibilities of all stakeholders in the transaction. This should include an overview of the process and the potential costs and fees involved.

“We are calling on the government to ensure consumers have access to this information at the beginning of transactions – this should limit the number of purchases that fall through.”

The Law Society also argued the need for robust and consistent consumer protections.

Joe Egan added: “Ensuring clients are able to make informed decisions is just the first step in protecting their interests.

“We are also calling for all stakeholders to be held to codes of conduct or protocols which will maintain the high standards expected by consumers.

“There need to be minimum standards which require all relevant information to be shared.

“Too often we hear stories about consumers being surprised at the 11th hour or after a sale has gone through about extra costs involved in their purchase – this is unacceptable.

“We want to ensure consumers are well-informed and protected.

“This consultation is a good first step in improving this process and we hope the government takes action to address our concerns – and more particularly the concerns of consumers.”

2 Comments

  • test

    We totally agree about enabling consumers to be informed and protected.
    Does this mean that the Law Society will be taking steps to end the corrupting influence of panel managers on the choices consumers make when selecting a lawyer?
    Are consumers being protected when Law Society accredited firms are agreeing to such anti competitive behaviours?
    Let’s start to see some action on this anti-consumerist method of gaining business.

  • test

    And things could have been far advanced if the legal profession had not opposed electronic conveyancing

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