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How long should a house sale be completed?

I want to know the length of time to complete the sale of a house. I am in the process of buying a house, and the vendor is so reluctant to get all the documentations through. It's been about 5 months now and my mortgage approval will expire if the transaction is not completed soon. Secondly, is the estate agent not responsible for chasing up the vendor if things are not progressing quickly. Bairstow eves in Chadwell Heath informed me that their job was completed when my offer was accepted, that my solicitor and myself should chase up the vendor ourselves.

Asked on Sep 15 2013, General in Romford | Report content

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  • Your estate agent is in the wrong here, they should chase up the sale, it is part of their job. Our estate agent chased the sale once a week to exchange and then twice a week till completion. Usually your solicitor will do some chasing up, but it is really for your estate agent, that is what they are paid for. 5 months seems like a long time for a sale to go through, but it isn't unheard of. I would suggest you ask your solicitor to put forward a date and explain you will have to back out of the sale if this date is exceeded. You might have signed a contract with Bairstow Eaves, look through the small print. It sounds like they are lazy inept estate agents at that branch, I would be shocked if they all think their job is done when a sale is agreed. Part of their job is to make sure things run smoothly, all parties are kept informed and they regularly speak to both solicitors involved, right to the very end.

    Answered on Sep 16 2013, Report content
  • Hi, Your estate agent should be ashamed of themselves as their job is to keep that sale intact from the day your offer is accepted through to the day that your sale completes. We would comment on this that they are very unprofessional if they have not been progressing the sale any more time from the time your offer was accepted!

    Answered on Sep 19 2013, Report content
  • Wow, that is shocking. It should be 4 to 6 weeks really. It is the job of the estate agent to follow through and give you the keys to be honest so they have let you down badly.

    Answered on Oct 14 2013, Report content

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