When Do I Receive Funds from a House Sale?
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If you’re selling your house, you’ll likely be eager to receive the funds. Unless you use a cash house buyer like Gaffsy, it can take a long time to receive the funds, even after you’ve received an offer.
If you’re wondering “when will I receive the funds from my house sale” read on to find out everything you need to know.
When will I receive the deposit from a house sale?
The buyer will put down the deposit for the property when the contracts are exchanged. This is when the sale becomes legally binding and usually takes place a few weeks before completion day. Usually, the buyer will have to pay the deposit and the funds will need to be cleared before the contracts can be exchanged.
However, the seller will not receive the deposit funds straight away. As the seller, you won’t receive the deposit for the house sale until completion day, when all of the house sale funds will be transferred to you.
When will I receive the funds from a house sale?
As the seller, you will receive all of the funds from the house sale, including the deposit, on completion day. This is the final step in the house selling process – when you receive the funds and the buyer receives the keys to the property.
How long after completion do I get the money?
How long it takes for you to receive the funds will differ for each house sale. Usually, the funds will be transferred via CHAPS bank transfer, which allows the funds to be transferred almost instantly. Sometimes, the payment may be made by a cheque. This would require a few days for the cheque to be processed and the funds to clear.
How long does it take for solicitors to release funds?
Typically, the funds will not go directly from the buyer to your account. Instead, the funds are transferred to your solicitor, who will first take out any fees that are owed. This will include payments owed for the house as well as legal fees. If there is a lot of administration to sort out regarding payments owed, this can delay how quickly the money gets to you.
The solicitors will need to know the bank details of the seller to transfer the funds. Sometimes, there may be a request to split the funds between multiple parties, in which case the solicitor will need to know the details for each party. If there is an issue with these details, this can cause a delay in transferring the funds.
The time of day can also affect how long a solicitor holds onto money from a house sale. Often, a house sale will be part of a chain. If your house sale is quite far down the chain, it may be one of the last ones of the day to be processed. If this is the case, you may not receive your funds until the following day, even if the solicitors receive the money on completion day. If your completion day is a Friday, this could be delayed to the following Monday.
You will usually have a pre-agreed completion statement that should detail how the funds will be transferred on completion day and give you an idea of how long it will take. It can be a good idea to keep in contact with your solicitors on completion day to help avoid any delays. The solicitors will be obliged to transfer the money to you as quickly as possible and they will not be authorised to hold on to the funds for longer than is necessary.
What can I do if I need to receive funds faster?
If you need to sell your house fast and receive the funds as quickly as possible, Gaffsy can help, As a cash house buyer, we can guarantee you a property sale, with no viewings, no chain and no stress. We can work to your timeframe, working with you to agree a completion day that suits you. We’ll contribute up to £1,500 to your legal fees and always ensure you get a fair deal.