What is a Property Chain?

Published: 02/06/2020 By Jamie Minors & EPD Norfolk

You're Diana Ross, and you're in the middle of a chain reaction. Contrary to the popular song produced by the Bee Gee's in 1985, 'a chain' in the UK's property market does not have such allure, says Jamie Minors.

A chain is the process of more than two property transactions which are linked together, where seller A buys seller B's, Seller B buys seller C's, and Seller C buys seller D's (and so on).

In basic terms, you are reliant on other house sales successfully passing mortgage, survey, searches and contract stages. They say moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life, and let me tell you it is largely down to chains. The uncertainty can cause problems, but when buying or selling, what you really need is a premium estate agent (and solicitor) handling the chain.
So what can an estate agent do to help limit stress and help with speed? At Minors & Brady, we check a buyer's financial position thoroughly, vet the buyer's circumstances and pre-agree expected completion dates throughout the chain.

Once a deal is agreed, we have four full-time after-sales consultants who don't 'sell', but instead handle over 100 property sales per month. Their role is to communicate between buyers, sellers, solicitors, mortgage brokers and everyone else involved in the chain - even if the sales are not ours.

Our team speak to the clients each week, essentially doing their chasing for them, ensuring paperwork is dropped off and keeping everyone updated. When problems arise, which they invariably do, we really are there to help you. We're often more expensive than other agents, but having us keep your emotions at bay, manage expectations and deal with, let's be honest the distressing part, is invaluable and worth paying the extra 0.25-0.5pc.

To put things into perspective, imagine you're selling a house and your buyer has had a poor survey. They're trying to call their 'after sales team' where their hold time this week was two and a half hours. What happens? Your buyer's nerves grow, and with nobody there to persuade them otherwise, they pull out and you lose your dream home. You're crying, the kids are crying and now Bertie your golden retriever won't get his dream garden either.

If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur.

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