Originally Posted by FIFA2004
Wondering if people could give me some advice on whether my situation is normal?
I went sale agreed on a house 8 weeks ago, although things were delayed a week because I was gazumped by the underbidder, ended up having to match their bid.
Since then I've done everything from my side - surveyor report is done, paperwork with the solicitor for the mortgage, deposit paid within 24 hrs.
My solicitor hasn't received contracts from the vendors solicitor yet. Ive asked when they'd be expected or if there's an expected timeline but just get still waiting as a reply. He doesn't want to act on the surveyors report (there's a few things they've suggested I need from the vendor) until the contracts are in.
At this stage I feel at worst the vendor is stalling, or at best we are wasting time not asking for the bits in the report now?
Im a first time buyer and the house in empty, was inherited after a relative of the vendor died so should be a relatively straight forward process I would have thought
Probate sales take a long time which it seems from the last paragraph is the case? It really depends on is the relative be owner of the house (ie the estate of the deceased transferred the house to the relative by assent) or is the relative the person entitled to sell the house (ie probate sale).
Probate sale means a grant of probate needs to issue. In Cork that takes about 6-9 months at moment - others areas are shorter. The estate can’t sign contracts until the grant has issued. Also if probate sale, you have to remember they may not know where title deeds are or know the history of the property (were any extensions built, if so, when). They could be trying to get paperwork together at moment to issue contracts. So really depends on the situation.
It’s often said here- don’t bank on house until you have keys. Go look at other properties. Also keep on top of auctioneer. He/she can contact the sellers directly and their solicitor. He/she will get an update quicker than your solicitor who can only contact the sellers solicitor.