Why Does it Take 120 Days to Get the Keys When You Buy a Walsall House?

Why Does it Take 120 Days to Get the Keys When You Buy a Walsall House?

Nationally, the average length of time it takes from agreeing the sale of a property to the keys being handed over is 111 days (down from 117 days last year), yet in Walsall, we are above the national average at 120 days.

So why does it take just over 17 weeks, when all that is required is the lawyers to look at some paperwork and get a mortgage? Also, what can Walsall homebuyers and sellers do to speed this up?

  • 1,215 properties have sold in the Walsall area in the last 12 months (Detached 274, Semi-Detached 451, Terraced 385, Flats 105).
  • It only takes 36 days to sell a Walsall home, so why does it take 120 days from the sold board going up to the buyer getting the keys?
  • With a shortage of solicitors and a sub-standard conveyancing system, this article discusses what Walsall house sellers (and buyers) can do to speed up the house buying process.

The legal process to buy and sell a UK property is called conveyancing. The conveyancing system itself hasn’t really changed in hundreds of years. When the housing market was reopened after the first lockdown in the spring of 2020, the property market returned with a bang, helped on with the stamp duty holiday.

In 2021, the number of properties selling in Walsall in some months went up massively, e.g., by 65% in March 2021 and by 96% in June 2021. Many conveyancers and solicitors had to sort the legal paperwork out for upwards of 70 to 90 properties each at any one time.

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My BTL Deal for the end of the Year, is a 2 Bed Semi Detached House, Shropshire Close, Walsall, WS2 With Yields of 5.29%.

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More good news for Walsall landlords. Added to the market at the beginning of this month is this two bedroom semi detached house marketed at offers over £170k by Dixons (01902 596801) & Connells (01922 312536). What I would say here, is that having multiple agents marketing a property is good news for the investor landlord. This may be a sign of desperation from the vendor, but it also confuses any potential buyer. So there is some mileage in negotiation on the selling price.

Another perfect spec ready for a quick let.

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Unique Walsall Buy To Let Opportunity – Yields 10.5%-10.75%

Jerome Chambers, Walsall - 19 Bed HMO
Jerome Chambers, Walsall – 19 Bed HMO

My Walsall BTL deal of the week is a little different this week. It certainly isn’t for the faint hearted or newbie landlord with the asking price in the region of £1m (£1,000,000.00)! I thought it was worth a mention on the Blog as it’s different to the usual type of stock we see and this type of property doesn’t come along very often.

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Walsall Landlord & Tenant Information

Covid-19 Coronavirus – Walsall Landlord and Tenant Information

 

There is no doubt we are living in challenging times.  Until recently I thought, the main talking points this April would be around changes to EPCs and EICRs – but things are a little different now.

Walsall Landlords and tenants have a lot of questions about what all of this means for them and what support will be available during the coronavirus pandemic if they need it.

Over the past couple of weeks information/ announcements have been coming through thick and fast.  To help you as best as possible I’ve put together some of the primary information issued by the government for the private rental sector. We’re all aware that things are changing almost daily, and we’re keeping a close eye on the news as the government continues to issue further guidance and support.  The information I have to date is as of 31/03/2020.

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My BTL Deal of the Week 2 Bed Semi Northumberland Way Walsall WS2 With Yields Of 5.57%.

I’m returning to another very popular estate for rental property for Walsall landlords. Listed 3 days ago this two bedroom semi detached house is being marketed at offers for £140k by Connells (01922 716026). Another perfect spec ready for a quick let. I would say the asking price is slightly over the ‘going rate’ for similar property types and specs on the estate.

There are two double bedrooms, as well as a family bathroom.  A modern kitchen with integrated white goods, a small low maintenance rear garden and off-road parking. It would be better appreciated by a viewing. The location is within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall town centre.

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My Buy To Let Deal of The Week 2 Bed Semi Yorkshire Grove Walsall WS2 Yields 5.57%.

A two bedroom semi detached house on a popular newbuild estate in Walsall, WS2. Marketed by Goodchilds (Call 01922 312016 ) with an asking price of £140k.

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My BTL Deal of the Week 2 Bed Terraced House, Penmire Grove, Walsall, WS4. With Yields Of 4.93%.

A 2 bedroom terraced house on Penmire Grove a new build housing estate about half a mile south of Rushall, Walsall, WS4. The property is being marketed by I Love Homes (01922 345905).

The spec looks perfectly on the money. Marketed at offers of over £140k, however it is I think that the price is a bit too optimistic as the last sale price was £131k 7 years ago.

The estate has an exclusive feel about it as it is somewhat off the beaten track. There is double glazing and gas central heating and off-road parking and is within easy reach of the major transport networks making quick commuting to other town centrs close by. There are a large variety of schools all within a mile plus healthcare and shopping amenities locally.

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My BTL Deal of the Week is a 2 Bed Semi Walsall WS2 By Modern Method of Auction Yields 8.25%

A 2 bed semi detached house on Monmouth Road, Bentley, Walsall, WS5. On the market with Lovett & Co (01543 526007) and priced at £80k Full details can be found here.

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My BTL Deal of the Week, is a 2 Bed Coach House, Northumberland Way, Walsall, WS2 With Yields Of 6.00%.

More good news for Walsall landlords. Just adde to the market this two bedroom coach house is being marketed at offers of £120k by Purple bricks (024 7511 8874). Another perfect spec ready for a quick let. I would say the asking price is about right for this property on the estate.

There is one double bedroom and one single bedroom as well as a family bathroom.  A modern kitchen with integrated white goods, a small low maintenance rear garden and off-road parking along with a garage. It would be better appreciated by a viewing. The location is within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall town centre.

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MY BTL Deal of the Week Has Been Reduced in Price Yielding A Minimum 5.54%

A two bedroom end terraced house first listed in May of this year, but now has been reduced by 10k just two months later! Now, c’mon Walsall landlords how can you pass up this opportunity on such a well presented and ready to go rental property?

There are two double bedrooms, a family bathroom.  A modern kitchen with integrated white goods, a fair sized rear garden and off-road parking. It would be better appreciated by a viewing. The location is within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall town centre.

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