Buying a home online – even via a mobile phone app!


With most prospective home buyers now starting their buying and conveyancing processes on the internet – and, more and more, via a mobile phone – here's a brief guide to some of the technological tricks of the trade.


Sites like FindaProperty, Rightmove and Globrix are increasingly popular, offering many homes for sale and to let.

Adzuna is a newer player, gathering onto a single site listings from many different sources. On finding a house to suit you, Adzuna even claims to be able help you find a job in your new area.

So how do you find out if the homes you have your eye on suit your pocket? London & Country, a mortgage broker, offers a useful mortgage calculator as an app. This should be used as a guide only, like any price comparison site.

If you're in London and need to know about commuting, take a look at, while can show you the nearest tube station to the house you want.

There are also apps that'll tell you if the property is at risk from flooding, the state of local services, where in the league tables are the local schools, pollution levels and crime statistics.

Government apps offer a range of local authority data, from the location of the nearest post office to the council's employment record.

What about the negotiation process? It's always good to know how much similar properties are going for. You can download to your smartphone the Mouseprice app, whose 'location' feature gives you details of selling prices, and Land Registry data is available on sites like Zoopla.

Know where to move but haven't found the property to match? Most property sites will alert you by email. Mouseprice lets you check changing prices for individual properties and monitor entire areas.

You might only be able to think about the value of your home once you've found somewhere new. But don't take the word of one agent alone. It's a free service, so check this out with a few.

Rightmove can also provide a guide to your home's value, while advising you how many other people are hunting in a specific postcode, how many properties are on the market, what has sold and what's to let.

As for some of the other costs of moving, removal companies can give you firm estimates for actual transportation, while HMRC will have details of stamp duty land tax. And don't forget those basics once you've arrived in your new home – most of the big supermarkets have home delivery services for pre-order.

Finally, that all-important conveyancing, where the formal tees are crossed and eyes are dotted. Putting together all the legal issues attending property transactions can be complex, so it's worth speaking to an experienced solicitors' firm.

Simpson Millar has a team of highly-skilled conveyancing professionals who can provide you with the right support and advice. You can get a no-obligation conveyancing quote online right now or if you prefer you can call us directly on 0800 634 1628.

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