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AIBU (Nosey) to ask how long your house purchases took?

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Manth0914 Thu 13-Feb-20 23:16:08

First time buyers, just had an offer accepted on an empty, probate property (probate has been granted) mortgage advisor has said she will begin our application now she has all our paperwork. Obviously all the survey/legal bits need doing but what are your experience of time scales from this point to moving in? Also, anyone else a tiny bit terrified about paying so much money back 😣 excited and nervous in equal measures.

20wedding19 Thu 13-Feb-20 23:40:54

We have just gone through this
It took 9 weeks to the day start to finish - similar circumstances to you. I never quite believed it though until we had the keys in our hands!
My brother and his wife however took 10 months from start to finish but that involved a very long chain that kept falling apart.
You seem to be in a strong position - our vendor had moved out before we even viewed the property
Good luck and yes, slightly terrified of the big amount of money we have to pay back!

sleepylittlebunnies Thu 13-Feb-20 23:45:46

15 years ago now but it was exactly 6 weeks from putting in our offer to getting the keys. We were first time buyers and the people we bought from were buying a probate property too. Some of the stories of delays put me off ever moving, planning to extend instead.

GrumpyHoonMain Thu 13-Feb-20 23:47:15

12 weeks

Koalablue Thu 13-Feb-20 23:48:17

30 ish days. It's the law here. No fucking people about aloud.

123rd Thu 13-Feb-20 23:52:20

5 months. It was a very short chain but still took far too long. Our buyers were cash, we were buying a house that was already empty. Bloody sellers solicitor was an arse!

Redglitter Thu 13-Feb-20 23:56:22

4 weeks from offer to getting keys

AlunWynsKnee Thu 13-Feb-20 23:56:34

In your position 25 years ago (so everything was snail mail) it took 8 weeks.

nancy75 Thu 13-Feb-20 23:56:56

12 weeks, we were cash buyers & it was a small chain, people at the top faffed about & we ended up moving in 10 days before Xmas (this was a few years ago)

siingingintherain Thu 13-Feb-20 23:59:06

Offer places 3 August 2019 we received keys 27 November.

Developed cystic acne and ASD from the worst mortgage company EVER.

TeeniefaeTroon Fri 14-Feb-20 00:01:43

From offer being accepted to getting the keys, 17 days. That's not the norm though, as an estate agent in Scotland I know that it's usually 6-8 weeks.

Fr0g Fri 14-Feb-20 00:02:27

first viewing was on Valentines day, Moved in on 5 April - so seven weeks.
Two solicitors had owned the flat I was buying as an investment, so their side of things was pretty swift, and I still owned my first flat, so no chain.

1Morewineplease Fri 14-Feb-20 00:28:16

Eight bloody months.

MadisonAvenue Fri 14-Feb-20 00:31:28

9 years ago, it took 24 days.

Lifeasweknow Fri 14-Feb-20 01:32:47

First time buyer - 12 weeks exactly from putting in offer to getting keys.
Selling and buying - 11 weeks start to finish.

Welshmaenad Fri 14-Feb-20 01:35:30




Cash purchase. Vendor was a lunatic. They're taking me out of here in a pine box, I'm never doing it again.

Penners99 Fri 14-Feb-20 06:00:54

First house, offer acceptance to completion, 25 months. Current house 12 weeks.

InfiniteSheldon Fri 14-Feb-20 06:04:20

10 wks first time buyer- us-probate, only one mortgage in chain and no one stupid enough to use online solicitors.

Pinot4me Fri 14-Feb-20 06:11:07

2 weeks. I made it a condition of the offer and I hounded people daily. The property was empty and we were ‘cash’ buyers.

BatleyTownswomensGuild Fri 14-Feb-20 06:46:15

13 weeks, but that included a 10-day period over Xmas when solicitors etc were closed.

TheGlitterFairy Fri 14-Feb-20 06:52:26

5 months. Probate sale also and no chain so should have been faster but the sellers dragged their heels. I threatened to step away - and would have done - as there was no reason for it to take so long and surprise surprise, we had the keys 2 weeks later.

Ibeingbornawomananddistressed Fri 14-Feb-20 06:55:57

4 months last time, but that was because neither my buyer nor vendor nor I were in a huge rush so agreed a reactively distant date to aim for and stuck to it... that said, nonsense from solicitors.. particularly my buyer's and vendor's who were one and the same and very slow to respond....meant it's unlikely we could have speeded it up much, I suspect...

Ibeingbornawomananddistressed Fri 14-Feb-20 06:56:59

*relatively not reactively

YicketyYackMamasBack Fri 14-Feb-20 06:57:07

Promised no chain if we paid asking price.
9 months.
Useless lying Previous owners.
Useless lying solicitors on both sides. (Delivers all documents by hand if you can or they’ll claim their still waiting for them in the post all of the time)
Useless mortgage adviser who as soon as we paid him went AWOL and never heard from him again.. he was actually appointed to us from the estate agent too.

Absolute nightmare. House is completely bodged. Documents said they would leave blinds, they didn’t. Few bits they took that weren’t meant to. Including the garage key so we can’t lock the Agatha unless we fork out for new locks on it.

Ugh. Never again.

Raindancer411 Fri 14-Feb-20 07:00:13

When I worked in conveyancing we use to say 9-12 weeks on average. Our purchase we put offer in September and moved in January (but sadly one owner died in the process so that was why it took longer than usual)

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