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June 2017

New Build Homes, What Are Your Thoughts?

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There are generally two camps for new builds – those who absolutely love the idea of purchasing a new build and those who are terrified of the prospect of purchasing a new build property. You could call new builds the Marmite of the housing market.


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Are you in the pro-new build camp and are tempted to buy a new build home? Is the lure of help to buy too good to pass-up? Maybe the stress free part-exchange route to deal with your existing property is the appeal, or could it be you are excited to have a say in the specification?


Or are you a new build hater? Have you heard horror stories of problems that arise with buying a new build home? Maybe you have seen news articles about delayed completions or don’t understand when buildings regulations sign-off is. Perhaps for you the pressure of a quick exchange is simply too overwhelming.


It doesn’t have to be this way…


Barnes and partners have a designated department to deal with your new build purchase and part-exchange sale or sale on the open market. Our new build department is equipped and ready to work quickly to achieve the timescales afforded by developers.


Want to ensure you are prepared and know what to expect for a new build transaction? Here is our checklist for a smooth running new build purchase:


-Firstly communication, your solicitor must keep in regular contact with the developer and advise them of the current position. When it comes to a potential delay this is something that would be preempted with regular updates.


-In relation to completion and potential delays that come with the nature of buying off-plan, this is something we advise on from the outset. It is so important to check with the broker about the extendibility of the mortgage offer, have a Plan B in the event there are delays and ensure you are always prepared.


-As a foundational rule of conveyancing we of course advise our clients properly on the purchase contract they are entering into, but we also make sure your new build contract has a long stop date so there is a get-out in the event that the delays become unwarranted – this affords protection during a difficult time.


-You must look for advice on the warranty that you will be receiving on completion. We offer this and even guide you to the specific providers’ website where you can learn all about the cover and its benefits.


Purchasing a new build can be a great opportunity for those looking to purchase for the first time through a help to buy scheme or an individual wanting to have a say in their homes’ final finishes. There are many appeals of purchasing a new build and the purpose of this blog is to make it known that with a good solicitor you can ensure the whole process is smooth. What’s more, a solicitor with an understanding and personal approach can make the journey a whole lot more enjoyable.


We hope Barnes and Partners will be your choice when coming to appoint a solicitor for your new build purchase.


Call us on 0208 370 2800 and ask for Kimberley Osborne for more information.

Kim Osborne, New Build Conveyancing Solicitor

Staff Spotlight Enfield Office Elaine Linton

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Every month we shine a spotlight on a member of our Barnes and Partners team to share with you a day in the life of our professionals and to publicly recognise their excellence. Each member of our team is unique but all embody the values we hold dear. Legal aptitude and knowledge are skills that are imperative as is a mature and professional attitude but we also place a high importance on our staff being proactive and “people people” – people that care about helping others and our communities. Often our people feel law was a calling and a vocation rather than simply a job.


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This month we shine the spotlight on Elaine Linton from our Enfield Barnes and Partners Solicitors head office. She is the first port of call for all our clients on the phone and who come in and visit our Enfield office.

Elaine is an extremely popular member of staff as she is so warm and welcoming to all who meet her and work with her. Her colleagues describe her as “kind and friendly” and say she is “so helpful and professional even when faced with challenging situations.”

Elaine is very modest but has agreed to share a little about herself for you to have a snapshot into the life of our wonderful reception staff. Here is Elaine’s story in her own words:

My name is Elaine Linton. I am married with three boys ages 31, 15 and 12 years old. I enjoy athletics, travelling and reading as well as meeting and speaking to people both on the telephone and in person.

I previously worked for Department of Work and Pension for 18 years where I worked my way up from an Administrative Assistant to an Executive Officer. I also worked for a Charity called Detention Advice Service for a further 8 years as an Administrator.

I’ve started working at Barnes and Partners in May 2015 as a receptionist at the Enfield branch. I was made to feel welcome by members of staff and management alike. On a daily basis I speak with clients from all different walks of life, staff members from other branches as well as senior partners. Clients are made to feel welcome and spoken to with respect whatever their ages, race or nationality. I am polite and well mannered by nature and I hope this comes across in everything that I do.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate me in the Staff Spotlight.

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Thank you to Elaine for sharing this with us and to our readers until next time, thanks for reading.