Why do property sales fall through ?

Posted: 19/6/2016


The chief reason for sales falling through is that the seller decides not to sell their home after all.

According to new research from Which? Mortgage Advisers, 28% of deals fall through after acceptance of an offer, leaving buyers almost £3,000 out of pocket.

A survey of 2,000 home buyers who had bought their home in the last two years found it takes over 4.5 months on average from starting a property search to having an offer accepted.

However, 28% of purchases went on to fall through because:

  •     The seller decided not to sell their home after all (27%)
  •     The buyer pulled out, as their own property sale had fallen through (21%)
  •     The buyer found somewhere else to buy (21%)
  •     The buyer was gazumped (21%)

The average loss per buyer was £2,899, including conveyancing, survey, mortgage valuation or broker fees.

The Government has said it will consult on how the home buying and selling process could become more efficient, by preventing fall-throughs by making deals binding on the acceptance of an offer.

Interestingly, there are no figures for buyers not obtaining finance, which is also an issue.

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