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Property Direct: Conveyancing Online

Property Direct is the largest solicitor's conveyancing operation in the UK and their entire conveyancing operation is handled online. Its staff consists of over 180 employees and they are open 7 days a week. This site is relatively comprehensive and gives the prospective house seller/buyer/mortgagor tips on selling, buying or re-mortgaging a house. Legal formalities are also explained in a way that is easy to understand.

A series of flow charts allows the client to see what he should be doing and what is being done on his behalf. These charts are clear and informative. An example of this is the Buying a House? Flowchart. It is neatly divided into Pre-exchange, Pre-completion and Post-completion sections while the tasks of the seller's solicitor, the buyer, the buyer's solicitor and the mortgage lender are laid out in the form of a checklist.

The site also enables the user to calculate potential conveyancing costs using a cost calculator. These costs are both subject to change and subject to confirmation in writing. Clients may then choose to instruct Property Direct either to contact them by telephone or have the forms e-mailed or posted to them. They can also initiate the transaction over the Internet. The Internet option reveals a form that users tab through, filling in the required information - such as their personal details and their property details. Security is guaranteed by means of a password and the usual confidentiality undertakings are given. All fees are guaranteed and fixed.

Transfers are given case ID numbers and clients are given usernames and passwords. This enables them to log on to and track the progress of their transfers. Property Direct maintains that it offers a number of benefits. They specialise in conveyancing and ensure that every client has a conveyancer who manages the transaction from start to finish. Another benefit is that the client is able to complete a conveyancing transaction without having to visit to a conveyancing attorney. Property Direct also has the backing of Shoosmiths, one of the United Kingdoms largest law firms which looks after over 20 000 clients every year. website

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