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Gorvins Residential Common Challenges in Residential Conveyancing and How to Overcome Them

Common Challenges in Residential Conveyancing and How to Overcome Them

Last Updated: June 27th, 2023

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Residential conveyancing, the process of transferring ownership of a property from one party to another, can be a complex and challenging process. Many factors can impact the conveyancing process, causing delays, complications, and additional costs.

By understanding the common challenges in residential conveyancing and how to overcome them, both buyers and sellers can navigate the process more effectively.

Challenge 1: Chain Transactions

A chain transaction occurs when the sale of one property is dependent on the sale of another. For example, if a buyer is purchasing a property but needs to sell their current home to finance the purchase, then the sale of the buyer’s current property is a crucial component in the chain. If any one sale in the chain falls through, it can impact the entire chain, leading to delays, complications, and even a complete breakdown of the transaction.

To overcome this challenge, it’s important to maintain open communication channels between all parties involved in the chain, including solicitors, estate agents, and mortgage lenders. Buyers and sellers should ensure that their solicitors are proactive in identifying any potential issues that could cause delays or complications, and they should be prepared to adjust their plans if necessary.

Challenge 2: Legal Title Issues

Legal title issues are one of the most common problems that can arise during property transactions. These issues can occur due to missing documents, unresolved disputes, or defects in the property’s title. Such issues can delay the conveyancing process and create additional legal work to resolve the problem. Buyers and sellers must ensure that all legal requirements are met before entering into a property transaction to avoid any legal title issues.

Challenge 3: Delays in Obtaining Mortgage Offers or Surveys

Delays in obtaining mortgage offers or surveys can also be a significant problem that can hinder a property transaction. These delays can occur due to various factors, including issues with the property’s condition, problems with the buyer’s financial situation, or difficulties in the surveying process. Buyers and sellers should work closely with their lenders and surveyors to ensure that these issues are identified and resolved as soon as possible.

Challenge 4: Gazumping

Gazumping is a term used in the real estate industry to describe a situation where a seller accepts a higher offer for their property after already agreeing to sell it to another buyer. In other words, gazumping occurs when a seller reneges on an agreement with one buyer in favour of a higher offer from another buyer.

This can be frustrating and disappointing for the original buyer, who may have invested time and money in the purchase process. Gazumping is not illegal in most countries, although it is considered unethical and can damage the reputation of the seller and real estate agent involved.

Challenge 5: Gazundering

Gazundering is a term used to describe a situation where a buyer reduces their offer on a property at the last minute, just before the exchange of contracts. Gazundering can be frustrating for the seller who may have already invested time and money in the sale process and may be left with no choice but to accept the lower offer. Gazundering is also considered unethical and can damage the reputation of the buyer and their real estate agent.


In conclusion, residential conveyancing can present a number of challenges for both buyers and sellers, from complex legal documents to unexpected issues with the property. It is essential for anyone going through the process of buying or selling a home to have a qualified conveyancing solicitor on their side to guide them through each stage of the process.

Choosing the right conveyancing solicitor is also crucial, as a skilled and experienced solicitor can help to streamline the process, saving both time and money for all parties involved.

If you need legal support to buy or sell your property, contact our friendly team today.


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