Residential Property

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Moving home, selling residential property or managing a portfolio are always labelled as stressful experiences, but when your solicitor gets the basics right, this doesn’t have to be the case. Our specialists combine vast experience with an empathetic understanding of your personal situation with clear communication with you every step of the way.

How we can help with residential property matters

  • First time buyers – we can guide you through every step of buying your first home, communicating the progress of your transaction in plain English.
  • Buyers of new build properties and help to buy schemes – we have a specialist team dedicated to this area of work.
  • A range of services for those in the buy to let market – you might be purchasing a second home, adding to an already thriving investment portfolio, or buying an HMO
  • Assisting in the sale of buy to let properties and dealing with existing tenancy agreements.
  • Help with lease extensions – you might have a flat or house with a long lease that’s coming to an end.

How we work with you

  • Our aim is that the same lawyer work with you from start to finish
  • We are clear about our fees from the outset
  • The average house purchase takes around 8-10 weeks

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

Costs

Please find below a list of our fees and disbursements for looking after your sale, purchase or re-mortgage of your residential house or flat. We have also given a brief explanation of the work we will undertake for you.

Please choose from the following:

Who will carry out the work?

Your matter will be looked after by one of the lawyers in our Residential Conveyancing department. Click on a lawyer in the “Meet the Team” section below to find out more about us.

You will be notified which lawyer will be looking after your matter when we send you our initial terms of business letter. That letter will also include confirmation of the hourly charging rate for that lawyer, which will apply to any work outside the scope of the fixed fees outlined.

How long will the transaction take?

How long it will take from the offer being accepted until you can move will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 8 to 10 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower depending on other parties in the chain.

For example:

A transaction where either you or your buyer need a mortgage offer is likely to take longer than a transaction with no mortgage required.
A transaction where one of the parties in the chain is buying a new build property may result in a longer completion date.

If you are dealing with a leasehold transaction it may take longer to obtain the management pack from the landlord of if a lease extension is required this can take considerably longer, sometimes months rather than weeks to complete.

Meet the Team

Our Residential Property team is made up of 1 partner, 2 associates, 4 solicitors, 4 paralegals and 1 legal assistant. You ca find their contact details below.

Introducing your key contacts

Allison Fuller
Partner – Head of Residential Conveyancing and New Homes – Southampton

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Sarah Harris
Associate – Residential Property – Southampton

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Naomi Williams
Associate Solicitor – Property Finance; Residential Conveyancing

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KEY CONTACTS

How we’ve helped our clients

“First class service. Very quick to act, it felt like everything was in their hands. I was updated regularly (not left to chase like other firms). I was very pleased with the service and actually look forward to using them again. Well done Paris Smith. ”

Aaron Laver

“We moved our business matters to Paris Smith some two years ago and have been delighted with the service that we have received. We are particularly pleased at the level of communication, advice and efficiency provided. They have certainly given us the confidence and support we were looking for and would recommend their services accordingly.”

Richard Murphy & Theresa Withams

“Katy was recommended to us and as far as we are concerned, it was a fantastic choice. Katy was fantastic, her communication was outstanding and she handled everything with such professionalism. We would have no hesitation in recommending Paris Smith and Katy in the future.”

Name withheld – Conveyancing matter

“We needed specialist conveyancing with our self build property and transfer of title deeds and we spoke with several solicitors. We were very impressed with Paris Smith – they gave us confidence that they knew that they had the expertise to handle the work, understood what was required and the complexities of a self build draw down facility and could meet our time challenges. Most importantly they kept us informed and responded quickly to all correspondence. They were personable and very easy to work with. When building a house there are enough stressful situations and they managed to provide some calm in the storm! Delicia and the team’s willingness to be proactive, they were always thinking ahead for us – it really felt that Delicia and her team were on our side! Would highly recommend!”

Julia Furse

“You deserve a very special thank you for the way you handled the sale. You have been a total delight to deal with—highly professional and knowledgeable, and unfailingly cheerful and helpful, especially in pushing through the final exchange and completion, and I couldn’t be more grateful. ”

LF

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