Covid -19 - Update from Simon Brien Residential

Dear Valued Simon Brien Residential Clients and Customers,

We are open for business however in respect of the latest Government guidelines and regulations, it is our first priority that we must keep our staff and clients safe. Accordingly, our office doors will be closed and if you wish to visit our office in person, you will need to make an appointment, by phone or email in advance. Find out more

Simon Brien Residential


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Buying Guide

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Step 1: Create an online Account with us

Why us? We have an extensive list of great properties to choose from throughout Northern Ireland so you can be sure to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a one-bedroom city apartment or a family house in the countryside.

To start the process create an account to receive instant, daily or weekly property email alerts based upon your saved searches.

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Step 2: Contact our Residential Resale Team

Wherever you are, just give us a call and we’ll get the ball rolling. You can also visit one of our three dedicated offices in South Belfast (t: 028 9066 8888) North Down (t: 028 9042 8989), and East Belfast (t: 028 9059 5555) and Newtownards (t: 028 9180 0700).

We have over forty five highly experienced staff ready to work with you. Just let us know what kind of property you are looking for and your desired location, and we will start the search. We use the latest technology, as well as social media, so you have the widest possible choice, as soon as properties come on the market.

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Step 3: Arrange the most appropriate viewings

We help you narrow down your search so you don’t waste time on unsuitable properties. Every property on our website comes with extensive photo galleries, street views and maps as well as highly detailed room breakdowns. We know that the more information you have upfront the easier it is to find the right home.

The sooner you see a property right for you, the better chance you will have of securing it. Therefore every time a house we feel is right for you comes on the market, we will contact you to let you know. One of our highly experienced staff will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions you might have.

Mortgage Advice
Step 4: Get reliable and independent mortgage advice

Even before you begin your search for a property we recommend you discuss your needs with a mortgage advisor. Once you have agreed a mortgage, it will speed up the process when it comes to placing an offer. This is one of the biggest decisions we make in life, so you need an experienced and impartial adviser to help you through the process and make sure you understand all the financial implications.

We can arrange for you to meet an independent advisor (someone not tied to a specific lender) who can help you find the best deals on the market and work out how much you can afford to borrow, largely based on your earnings. This is a free service and there is no obligation.

Making An Offer
Step 5: Making an offer

So, you’ve found the home of your dreams and you’re ready to put in an offer. We will forward your offer to the seller in writing and verbally, and let them know any particular conditions you might have. At this point you will probably need to show evidence that you have provisionally agreed a mortgage with a lender.

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Step 6: Appoint a specialist solicitor

Now it’s time to find an experienced and reliable solicitor who can complete the process efficiently. We recommend you find someone who knows the area your property is located in and who is a specialist in conveyancing (transferring the legal title of a property).

We can provide you with a choice of solicitors we have worked with or you may prefer to find one yourself. Whatever you decide we will help your solicitor to make the process as simple and transparent as possible, and ensure you are kept fully informed all the way through.

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Step 7: Sale agreed! what next…

Your offer has been accepted! Your solicitor has made all the enquiries about the house you’ve asked for, which could include queries about deeds or rights of way for example, and you’re happy with the responses. The structural surveys commissioned by your mortgage lender have been accepted.

Now your solicitor will arrange for the contracts to be signed by both parties and for you to make an initial deposit (commonly 10% of the purchase price). Both parties will now agree a completion date when the balance of the purchase price (usually 90%) is transferred from your solicitor’s account to the vendor’s solicitor’s account. Once that money has cleared we will hand over the keys to your new home. Congratulations!

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Step 8: Stamp Duty

Stamp Duty is the government tax you pay when you buy a property in the UK over a certain price. For further details please refer HMRC website