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               What happens in a property chain?

            Lyndsey Beckwith, Head of Estate Agency at Ralph Sayer, details what
              happens when you find yourself in a chain of buyers and sellers.

           or a long time, chains were not really an   property onto the market within a week, and
           issue in Scotland. However, this has since   there will usually be a four-week review period.
      F changed  and  they  are  quite  common   You won’t necessarily lose your purchase if you
       now; they arise as a lot of sellers are nervous   haven’t sold your property by the end of the
       about  selling  their  current  home  before   fourth  week,  but  it  acts  as  an  opportunity  to
       securing  an  onward  purchase,  meaning  they   review the purchase and make sure the seller
       offer on properties ‘subject to sale’. The chain   is satisfied that everything is being done to try
       can  lengthen  if  that  seller  then  goes  on  to   and secure a sale.
       accept an offer that’s subject to sale, and so on.
                                            If there are multiple sellers and buyers in the
       If you offer subject to sale, the selling agent   chain,  communication  and  updates  between
       will  consider  what  you  are  selling  –  for   all  parties  is  key.  Solicitor  estate  agents  are
       instance, is it a property they feel will sell well   therefore ideally placed to deal with chains, as
       in  the  current  market?  They’ll  also  look  at   they  can  handle  both  the  estate  agency  and
       which agent you are using, to ascertain if it’s a   legal work for a client, and therefore will have
       proactive agent who will work hard to sell the   an understanding of what is happening at every
       property, before advising their client whether   stage of the process.
       to go down the route of entering into a chain
       by accepting your offer.             Whilst  chains  can  sound  daunting,  if  handled
                                            correctly by all parties involved the whole chain
       If you do have your offer accepted subject to   should be able to move on smoothly, meaning
       sale, you will generally need to get your current   you will all be settled in your new dream homes.

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