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The Buying Process

All property sales follow a structured process and Tuohy O’Toole will help you every step of the way. You can register with Tuohy O’Toole by: using the form on this website, e-mailing, telephoning or calling into one of our offices in person. The more information you can provide about the type of property that you are seeking, will enable us to respond more quickly to your requirements.

We will start the process of searching for properties that meet your criteria. You will be sent details of potential properties and can also search for yourself using our website. Viewings of properties that you are interested in will be set up as quickly as possible. Simply contact us and we will arrange appointments for you to view all properties that you are interested in.

Tuohy O’Toole will undertake making an offer for a property on your behalf. We will contact the seller by telephone and put forward your offer. All offers are subject to contract, which means that there is no legal binding to buy or sell, until the contract has been signed by all parties.

The Conveyance stage of the sale requires a solicitor. The solicitor will handle all legal paperwork required as part of the sale process and subsequent transfer of ownership. We will be happy to recommend solicitors to handle this aspect of the process.

Once an offer has been accepted, you will need to advise your solicitor who will deal directly with the solicitor of the seller. Agree on dates for the exchange of legal contracts and the actual completion of the sale as early as possible in the process. If you are arranging a mortgage, then contact your lender at this stage.

Survey and Searches are carried out at this stage. The seller’s solicitor will make a Land Registry search. Your solicitor will submit a local authority search that will show any planning consents or local issues that may have relevance to the property. At this stage, a mortgage provider may undertake a valuation. You may also instruct an engineer/architect to undertake structural survey on your behalf.

A draft Contract will be drawn up by the seller’s solicitor and forwarded to your solicitor. Your solicitor approves the draft contract at this stage, provided that any queries or questions raised have been answered satisfactorily.

The lender, where applicable, will send a Mortgage offer to your solicitor, which you will be asked to sign. Once this has been done the money to buy the property is in place. An exchange of Contracts now takes place, which both buyer and seller sign. A deposit is paid either by bank transfer or banker’s draft. A completion date is finalised and the outstanding balance is paid on that day, at which point you become the proud owner of the property.

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