MCB's London Homebuying Guide

Step 1: Register Your Details

The first step would be to register your details along with your property criteria. This can be done by contacting us or by visiting our Hayes office in West London. Our agents will review your search criteria to find suitable properties and will provide you with up-to-date property alerts via email or SMS.

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Step 2: Get Pre-Approved for a mortgage

We advise that you check your financials and get pre-approved for a mortgage. You can be provided with a ‘Mortgage in Principle’ which means your lender is prepared to consider a mortgage application from you for up to a stated amount. This can help speed up the subsequent steps.

Step 3: Selling your current home?

If you are planning to sell your London property, MCB can equip you with the tools to buy a new home and sell your current home at the same time.  Click here to arrange a free, no obligation valuation of your home or contact our team in Hayes for more information on how we can help.

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Step 4: Book a viewing

Once you have found a property you would like to view, get in touch with us to book a viewing. With the current pandemic, MCB are offering virtual viewings as well as physical viewings so you can get an idea of whether or not you like a property before taking the time to visit it in person.  Contact us for one of our agents to arrange your viewings

Step 5: Instruct a Solicitor

Clients often instruct a solicitor at a later stage, however, a cause of common complications along the sales process is the sheer extent of paperwork involved during the conveyancing process, therefore we recommend instructing a solicitor earlier on in the process. MCB has a range of in-house solicitors guiding you through each stage of the process placing your mind at ease.

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Step 6: Make an offer

Our expert consultants can help with the price negotiation process. This benefits both the vendor and the buyer to reach a mutually beneficial outcome for both parties. There are no legal obligations to either party until the contracts are signed.

Step 7: Sale Agreed

The agreed price should be confirmed by all parties, as well as all solicitor and mortgage details from both parties. There are no legal obligations to either party until the contracts are signed. A memorandum of sale will be prepared upon acceptance of the offer to confirm the details.

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Step 8: Mortgage and Surveys

A surveyor, acting on behalf of the mortgage lender, surveys the property to identify any structural problems and to advise on the property’s value. Once the survey report is received by the lender, a formal mortgage offer will be sent to you and your solicitor to be signed and returned.

Step 9: Exchange of Contracts and Completion

The transaction and completion date become legally binding upon the exchange of contracts. The deposit will be sent to the seller’s solicitor and a request for your mortgage advance will be paid by your lender. Once the money is received, the seller’s solicitor will inform the estate agent and the keys will be released. The property is now yours.

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Register your details and a member of our team in Hayes, West London will be in touch with you shortly to arrange a meeting


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