Purchasers guide New search Finding and buying a new home or investment property can be a daunting and stressful experience, however at Westways we pride ourselves on making the process as smooth as possible. Our simple guide to buying a property: Registration Register your details via this website, email, phone or drop into our office. This allows you to be kept up to date as soon as new properties come onto the market via email, post or telephone. This website allows applicants to save searches and automatically email matching properties as they come onto the market. Applicants can log in, edit requirements and unsubscribe at any time. Viewings To organise viewings, simply get in touch with our sales team who will organise a convenient appointment. Our office is open 6 days a week, from 9AM to 6PM Monday to Friday and on Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM. We know that work and other commitments may mean that you wish to view properties outside these hours and will do our best to accomodate you. Found a property? Once you have found the right property and are ready to make an offer we will put this forward to the vendor and commence negotiations. Any offer at this stage is subject to contract and there is no obligation for either buyer or seller until contracts are exchanged. Offer By the time an offer is accepted, you should have appointed a solicitor, however we can recommend one if required. A draft contract will be drawn up by the seller’s solicitor and sent to your solicitor for approval and the local authority searches applied for. Mortgage While your solicitor carries out the conveyancing work, it is advisable for non-cash buyers to instruct your mortgage broker/bank/building society to proceed with the mortgage application and arrange for the survey to be carried out on behalf of the lender. You will then be provided with an appraisal of the property and any serious defects highlighted. Exchange Once your mortgage offer is in place, and your solicitor has raised and received satisfactory answers to their enquiries and the contract has been approved, you are almost ready to exchange contracts. You will need to arrange for a deposit (usually 10% of the purchase price) to be paid into your solicitors clients account. A completion date is now finalised. Completion This will be on a mutually agreed date, usually a number of days or weeks from exchange of contracts. On this day the balance of the money will be transferred from your solicitor to the seller's solicitor. Once received and confirmed you may then arrange to pick up your keys (and champagne) from us.