7 The Candar, Fore Street, Ilfracombe, EX34 9DS Tel: 01271 866100 Email: letting@douglasanddean.co.uk

About Us

About us

Douglas & Dean Letting and Property Management is an independent company committed to offering the highest standards of service to landlords and tenants alike. The emphasis in our service is placed firmly on combining traditional values with modern technology to market property in the most effective manner in today's ever changing world, always putting the needs of the client first.

The experience of Nicola and Phil's knowledge of the local market is the key to the success of the company for Douglas & Dean's unrivaled reputation in Ilfracombe.

Agency types

There are different ways to instruct an estate agent, the most popular ones are:

Energy performance certificate (EPC)

An EPC assesses the energy rating of a property from A-G. An EPC must be received for a property within 28 days of marketing. Your estate agent can usually arrange this for you.

Conveyancing

This is the word used to describe the work that solicitors undertake when dealing with property transactions, it contains the following:

Seller's solicitor

Obtains the title deeds, prepares draft contract, sends all relevant paperwork, including the draft contract, fixtures and fittings forms to your buyers solicitors, this confirms what’s being included within the sale.

Buyer's solicitor

Checks over all relevant documents, including draft contract and fixtures and fitting forms, then raises any enquiries relating to the contract and then applies for any necessary searches including the local authority search. Obtains the buyers funds, e.g. deposit and mortgage monies, then transfers the deposit on exchange and the balance on completion to your solicitor Registers the buyer as the new owner with land registry

Estate agent commission

Normally an estate agents commission fee is calculated as a percentage (%) of the sale price achieved plus vat at the current rate. If you instruct an estate agent on a Sole agency basis it will normally be a lower fee than on a multiple or joint agency. Beware of fixed fees because many times they can be set too high.

Legal fees

Legal fees can vary, it is always good to do some research but also consider recommended legal firms whether from your estate agent of from people you know as this is a good way to ensure that they are a good company to use, but beware of cheaper legal firms, do not underestimate how important an efficient solicitor can be. Merrys can recommend a number of excellent local companies.

Stamp duty

As a seller you do not have to pay stamp duty on your sale but as a buyer you will have to pay it, it’s a percentage of the asking price, to confirm the exact amount and for further info please visit www.direct.gov.uk and search stamp duty