Buying a New-Build Property

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Shona Madden:

  • adopts a modern approach to providing legal services. 
  • gives access to clients to book a time that suits them online to have a call and catch up on your matter.
  • will text clients with regular updates on their purchase
  • has over ten years experience as a qualified solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland
  • gives a full breakdown of all costs at the start of the matter.  
  • has a fixed-price buying cost
  • offers a wide range of flexible appointment options.
  • provides efficient service, getting you your keys to your new home as soon possible.
  • uses plain English

Tips about buying a new-build property

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Research

Make sure you know the stamp duty and Land Registry fees. These fees will be paid to your solicitor in advance of completion.

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Insurance policy

Check the house is registered with Homebond and has  ten year warranty. 

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Help to Buy Scheme

Upload the signed contract to ROS. Then give the Access number and Claim number to the estate agent and your solicitor. 

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Before Completion

Carry out a snag list before the balance of the purchase price is paid. 

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Deeds

Purchasers sign the purchase deed after completion. We will then submit the change of ownership application to the Property Registration Authority. 

Frequently asked questions about buying a new property:

The booking deposit and name of solicitors acting for the purchasers is given to the estate agent. Then the estate agent prepares a sales advice note, detailing the agreement reached. That is then given to all parties, the developers and their solicitor and the buyers and their solicitor.  When the developer’s solicitor receive it, they will then prepare the Contracts for Sale. It will then be sent to the purchaser’s solicitor.

This document has the details of the agreement, the price, buyer and seller’s details, the property address, the completion date, special conditions about this transaction and general conditions that apply to all property transactions. 

The general conditions are a mix of rights and obligations of both the developer and buyer

There is not a completion date in the Contract. Watch Shona’s video below about how completion is dealt with in the Contract. 

The following documents are reviewed and discussed with the purchaser: Contract, map, Folio, Planning documents Homebond, plans and specifications and  management company documents. 

The balance of the 10% deposit is given to the buyer’s solicitor. It will be transferred to the seller’s solicitor and two signed Contracts will be posted also. The seller will sign both Contracts, keep one and return one signed Contract to the buyer’s solicitor. At this point there is a binding Contract in place. 

The following documents are reviewed and discussed with the purchaser: Contract, map, Folio, Planning documents Homebond, plans and specifications and  management company documents. 

The balance of the 10% deposit is given to the buyer’s solicitor. It will be transferred to the seller’s solicitor and two signed Contracts will be posted also. The seller will sign both Contracts, keep one and return one signed Contract to the buyer’s solicitor. At this point there is a binding Contract in place. 

The mortgage funds will be drawn down from the bank a few working days before the completion date. In order for mortgage funds to be released, the life policy/ Mortgage property policy, update to date valuation, direct debit mandate and home insurance must be submitted to the bank. 

 

The buyer’s solicitor transfer 90% of the purchase price to the developer’s solicitor by EFT. The buyer’s solicitor orders judgment and property searches. The developer’s solicitor sends the original title documents and closing documents to the buyer’s solicitor. These are reviewed by the buyer’s solicitor.

When the developer’s solicitor receives the funds and the documents and searches are checked by the buyer’s solicitor, both parties confirm they are happy complete the transaction. The developer’s solicitor will call the estate agent and confirm the sale has closed. The estate agent will then be authorised to release the keys to the buyers. The buyer’s solicitor will contact them to tell them the keys are available to be collected from the site. 

The buyer’s solicitor transfer 90% of the purchase price to the seller’s solicitor by EFT. The buyer’s solicitor order judgment and property searches. The seller’s solicitor sends the original title documents and closing documents to the buyer’s solicitor. These are reviewed by the buyer’s solicitor.

When the seller’s solicitor receives the funds and the documents and searches are checked by the buyer’s solicitor, both parties confirm they are happy complete the transaction. The seller’s solicitor will call the estate agent and confirm the sale has closed. The estate agent will then be authorised to release the keys to the buyers. The buyer’s solicitor will content them to tell them the keys are available to be collected from the office of the estate agent. 

The stamp duty will be paid by the solicitor. The current rate for residential property  is 1% of the Vat exclusive purchase price. Watch the video below about calculating the stamp duty. Purchasers have to give their PPS numbers to their solicitor, in order for the stamp duty return to be done through ROS. 

The change of ownership and mortgage documents are then sent to the Property Registration Authority. This usually takes a few months to complete. Then a new folio (deed) will be available showing the new registered owners of the property. If the buyers got a mortgage, then the bank’s charge will be registered on the deed also. All original title documents are then given to the bank as security for the mortgage. 

The change of ownership and mortgage documents are then sent to the Property Registration Authority. This usually takes a few months to complete. This is because the property is being registered and mapped for the first time. Then a new folio (deed) will be available showing the new registered owners of the property. If the buyers got a mortgage, then the bank’s charge will be registered on the deed also. All original title documents are then given to the bank as security for the mortgage. 

When the stamp duty return is done through Revenue, this notifies Revenue that the buyers have bought a new property. A Local Property Tax ID number when then be generated by Revenue. There is no Local Property Tax liability due until the 1st November in the calendar year that the ownership was registered in. 

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