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House Buying, Selling and Conveyancing (Lawpack Property Series) [Paperback]

Joesph Bradshaw , Georgia Bedworth
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30 Sep 2010 Lawpack Property Series
This book will save you ££s when buying and selling a house! House Buying, House Selling & Conveyancing offers a step-by-step guide to DIY house buying and DIY house selling, cutting out the expensive middlemen of solicitors and estate agents. Here's the first myth this book will explode about house buying and house selling: it is in estate agents and conveyancing solicitors interests to make us all believe that only those who have gone through long, expensive and involved legal training can possibly understand the intricacies of house buying, house selling and conveyancing. Now in its sixth edition, updated by barrister Georgia Bedworth, this bestselling book by Joseph Bradshaw, described by The Times as the 'guru of layperson conveyancing' explains just how straightforward the whole process of house buying and selling really is. House Buying, House Selling and Conveyancing will guide you through the process of selling and buying property (whether houses or flats) inexpensively: by cutting out solicitors and estate agent middlemen. Not only can you sell and buy a house yourself: you can do it economically and easily. Don't believe the hype - it really isn't rocket science to sell or buy a house yourself. The legal side of transferring a house after a house sale from one owner to another is done by filling in simple forms. We'll show you how! And the money side of house selling (i.e. selling one house to pay for another) is a simple business transaction. We'll talk you through it step-by-simple-step. House Buying, House Selling and Conveyancing covers everything you need to know about buying a property yourself and selling your own property. It covers every area in-depth and in simple laymen terms. Along the way the book is packed with advice and tips on every area of the process such as moneylenders, HIPs, house contracts and the exchange of contracts, gazumping, gazoffing and gazundering, registered and unregistered properties, and all the insider secrets and tricks of the trade for layperson conveyancers. If you want to save yourself ££s and buy or sell your house yourself, you need House Buying, House Selling & Conveyancing. House Buying, House Selling and Conveyancing Contents 1. House Buying 2. Buying a New house 3. Should I sell my own house first or buy a house first? 4. Estate agents 5. Moneylenders 6. DIY House selling: No agents please 7. House Selling 8. Home Information Packs (HIPs) 9. Contracts 10. Gazumping, gazoffing and gazundering 11. The Registers 12. Conveyancing for laypeople 13. House buying and selling: registered houses 14. House buying and selling: unregistered houses 15. Matrimonial homes 16. Flat Buying and Flat Selling 17. Commonhold Properties 18. House buying and house selling: Tricks of the trade

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lawpack Publishing; Sixth edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906971803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906971809
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An excellent book - easy to read, clear, with different passages for buyers and sellers.' --The Observer

'...the guru of layperson conveyancing.' --The Times

About the Author

Joseph Bradshaw was an estate agent and mortgage broker who achieved a degree fame in the 1980s when, from their garage and kitchen, he and his wife Margaret published a series of his books on DIY conveyancing. 'Bradshaw's Guide to House Buying Selling and Conveyancing' was widely reviewed in the press. From the 'Financial Times' to 'Gardener's Weekly', it made headlines. Among the many accolades he earned, his favourite was 'the guru of layperson conveyancing' from the Legal Correspondent of The Times. Joseph Bradshaw died in 1998. This sixth edition published by Lawpack is a revised version of Joe Bradshaw's original, fully updated in line with current procedures and regulations.

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
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This guide is written for lay people and will safely take you through a step by step process to buy and/or sell your house without using a solicitor. We have used it on 3 occasions saving both time and money and most important of all - it gives you control of the situation... no more waiting for people to come off the golf course and no more wondering if you are at the bottom of someone's in-tray. Examples of any forms you will need are included in the book, and it is easy to obtain what you need when you need it. The first house we sold was in 1982, using Joseph Bradshaw's original version. We recently obtained an updated copy (Lawpack publishing) and found it to be even easier to use. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Bradshaw's "Buying & Selling (Conveyancing for All)" covers all of the major areas and issues which are involved when buying and selling your own home, with the single objective of minimising the cost of middlemen. To Bradshaw, middlemen include anybody who is neither the buyer nor the seller, including all known lawyers, estate agents and even surveyors.
The book illustrates beautifully that conveyancing is dead simple. There is no need to study rocket science: all that is required is the patience to fill in a few forms. Oh, and the confidence to talk to your vendor/buyer. You have to do these things whether or not you appoint a solicitor. So what are you paying a solicitor for?
With websites, such as ,.., offering "private sale" facilities, it is becoming easier to remove the cost of useless agents and greedy lawyers, to the benefit of anybody involved in conveyancing.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I shall certainly be following it!
(This review is based upon the 1989 edition of the book. The topic will change over time, due to changes in regulation, hence the need to be up to date.)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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The book starts off in a blaze of rebellious spirit, convincing the reader to circumvent the use of solicitors in his conveyancing process just by "filling in a few forms". The frenetic pep talk continues for a few more chapters, and it's hard not to be captivated by the author's disdain for the monopoly on conveyancing traditionally enjoyed by the legal profession. The recalcitrance is a cute ideology but the simple truth is that, where mortgages are concerned, the layman will soon come unstuck on a DIY conveyance, as I will explain in this review.

It's only once the reader is deep into the recesses of the chapter on the completion process, more than halfway through the book, when it becomes painfully apparent that you're screwed unless you've got a solicitor acting for you. This is thanks to the inherent protectionism in the system which the author rails against in earlier chapters, but later admits - without even a hint of humble pie - that lay status is a practical barrier for those selling with a mortgage to pay off on their property, or buying with the help of a mortgage (or both).

To put it simply, if you go the DIY route, the lender will charge you roughly the equivalent (in its own legal fees) of what you would have spent on your own solicitor anyway (who would then have worked for your lender for free). And the lender simply won't play ball unless you do the former or the latter.

It's a Catch 22, but it's almost as if the author is in denial about it. For example, a passage meekly tucked away in a bullet-pointed list on Page 145 will leave the reader feeling bewildered and suddenly cheated by the book:

"[Your lender]'s response will also almost certainly include: [...] An account made up of the fees you have to pay its solicitor. [...
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but only up to a point ! 13 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The author details with all the essentials of the buying and selling process in a very readable and interesting way; giving good hypothetical situations (Mr Feather, et al.) of a typical purchasing process (and the not so typical).

The only real weakness of this book is in its somewhat idealistic approach with regard to the willingness of solicitors to deal with 'lay persons' and their unwillingness to accept undertakings from them which would normally be given by a solicitor. During the sale of my house, I had to engage a solicitor for the completion stages due to the Law Society sewing up the system so that solicitors aren't obliged to accept the word and undertaking of lay persons. Puts a bit of a spanner in the works - and adds to the cost !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars doing it yourself 3 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
the book is good ,no doubt about that, But l tried 2 act 4 myself when selling my house, The buyers solicitor did all he could 2 make things awkward 4 me Really it should b quite simple with the book 2 guide u, but the entrenched interests of the solictors is hard 2 overcome.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what you need to save solicitors costs 14 May 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have just completed my first purchase with the assistance of this book. It's not the easiest thing to follow, but everything you need to know is in here. Avoid other books pretending to help, I also bought Frances James "The process of conveyancing" and the Alan Stewart "Guide to conveyancing residential property". In both cases the sleeve notes describe the book as a solution for those wishing to DIY conveyancing then open with warnings that the book is not a replacement for solicitors.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you need a mortgage you can still do most ...
If you need a mortgage you can still do most of the work and only pay for the vendors solicitor to act on the financial side. I have done it three times no problem.
Published 1 month ago by Colin Barron
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject but not perfect
I first used an earlier version of this book over 30 years ago, and it remains the only useful book on the subject. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. R. Rogerson
4.0 out of 5 stars it is good and fairly simple
useful if like me you are using a solicitor or more a coveyancor in a legal firm. didnot cover selling to tenants which was my situation. Read more
Published 5 months ago by christine elliott
3.0 out of 5 stars No good for new-build flats
Although I instructed a solicitor on the purchase of my new-build flat I thought this book would help to guide me through the process. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lucy J
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't recommend
I found the author very scathing and dismissive of property professionals such as solicitors and estate agents. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Regular Amazon shopper
1.0 out of 5 stars House Buying, Selling and Conveyancing (Lawpack Property Series)
Only good if the greedy lawyers will let you do your own conveyancing. They have managed to corner the conveyancing market for themselves. Waste of your money buying this.
Published 9 months ago by Coolman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
I recently completed the conveyancing of a jointly owned property which I was buying from my ex-husband. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Crowther
5.0 out of 5 stars House Buying, Selling & Conveyancing
Vey clear and precise, easy to understand. Helpful information regarding things to look out for.
Legal tips and advice invaluable
Published 17 months ago by Samantha Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and comic at the same time
This was recommended for being highly readable for the layperson - and it is. It is also pretty humorous and makes for an entertaining read. Read more
Published 17 months ago by H. Drummond
2.0 out of 5 stars House Buying Selling and Conveyancing by Joseph Bradshaw
Really wish I had read the reviews before I bought this book. I did my own conveyancing years ago, using the Which book of conveyancing and the Conveyancing Fraud and like another... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Magee
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