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Don't cut corners on lawyers when purchasing property - Surrey Ad October 2013

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Copy of an article from Surrey Advertiser Business News Extra - October 2013

Richard Bland A SENIOR figure at a solicitors firm in Cranleigh is encouraging people to be aware in the improving housing market. Richard Bland, 32, a partner in the Residential Property team at TWM Solicitors, explained that the government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme, introduced in April this year, has strengthened the housing market by offering support to buyers of newly-built properties. He says that come January 2014, the scheme will be extended to existing properties, and this will boost the market further. “Buyers are often making the biggest investment decision of their lives,” he said. “The best thing you can do is use a solicitor who works in the area, knows the local legal issues and has knowledge of others who can assist with obtaining a mortgage and carrying out necessary surveys. “You are better off paying a little more for a quality service that will inform everything you need to know about the property, before deciding to buy. “That way, there will not be any nasty surprises during ownership that were not revealed by the legal process. You can also be confident when you come to sell the property in the future.”

Richard explained that good communication is a vital attribute for an effective solicitor to have when helping clients buy a house. He said: “Dialogue is key, not just with the clients, but also estate agents and the seller’s solicitor, ensuring all parties in the move are fully informed. “This reduces stress all round, and provides reassurance that everyone is moving towards the same goal – the house purchase.” Another important attribute is being legally qualified to give specialist advice. Richard said some buyers will look for a cheaper legal service for their house move in an attempt to save money. However, a cheaper option might not come with the same experience and quality of service. “The little extra you pay can be the difference between moving house or not,” he said. “Saving £100 and then not moving house is no saving at all. “Purchasers will actually end up paying more money with survey and legal fees payable on the purchase of a subsequent property.”

In conclusion, Richard noted that the fortunes of the housing market are not always predictable. He emphasised the importance of using an experienced solicitor so that you avoid difficulties selling your property, in a less buoyant

market, because of a legal issue that was not picked up when you first bought your home. TWM offers a real breadth of experience for buyers and sellers. Clients include first time buyers, buy to let investors, people looking to develop properties and people looking to sell and buy and move into their main family home. TWM has six offices across Surrey, and is well placed to give advice to people living in the counties of Surrey, South West London and West Sussex in particular. Richard joined TWM Solicitors in 2003, working in their Wimbledon and Reigate offices, before moving to the Cranleigh office in 2008. Having grown up in Walton-on-Thames and been educated in Leatherhead and Guildford, Richard has a good knowledge of Surrey. He now lives in New Malden with his wife Rebecca and their baby daughter Ella-Rose. Aside from his role at TWM and being a family man, Richard’s passion lies in sport. In recent years he has been a keen footballer and cricketer.

Richard Bland is based at TWM Solicitors’ Cranleigh office.

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