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Public access to home-buying information welcomed by Sweeney Miller

PLANS to help the public understand more clearly how buying and selling houses works, have been supported by Sweeney Miller.

The suggestion was made by the  Law Society of England and Wales argued in response to a consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The Law Society believes making clear and concise information available at the right time could speed up the entire home buying process.

And Sweeney Miller is all in favour of efforts to help the public understand what is often a very complex process.

Paul Miller said: “Buying or selling a house can be a time-consuming and complicated business and occasionally it can be very confusing to the public who are unsure of exactly what the process entails.

“In such circumstances, any moves which give the public a greater understanding of what is involved is to be welcomed.

Paul’s words were echoed by Law Society president Joe Egan.

He said: “Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions people make, and it is important they have access to enough information to make an informed choice.

“Many people can get lost in the conveyancing maze – estate agents, lenders and conveyancers all have a role to play in ensuring things proceed as smoothly as possible.

“Home buyers and sellers should be aware of their rights, as well as the responsibilities of all stakeholders in the transaction. This should include an overview of the process and the potential costs and fees involved.

“We are calling on the government to ensure consumers have access to this information at the beginning of transactions. This should limit the number of purchases that fall through.”

On top of that, The Law Society has also argued the need for strong consumer protection.

Mr Egan added: “Ensuring clients are able to make informed decisions is just the first step in protecting their interests.

“We are also calling for all stakeholders to be held to codes of conduct or protocols which will maintain the high standards expected by consumers.

“There need to be minimum standards which require all relevant information to be shared.

“Too often we hear stories about consumers being surprised at the eleventh hour or after a sale has gone through about extra costs involved in their purchase – this is unacceptable.

“We want to ensure consumers are well-informed and protected.

“This consultation is a good first step in improving this process and we hope the government takes action to address our concerns – and more particularly the concerns of consumers.”

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