Selling Process

Our expert valuers will take into account your local neighbourhood, what’s also for sale in the vicinity, types of facilities, level of desirability, future potential, and property condition when valuing your home.


Thinking of selling?

At Bennett Walden we offer a personalised service which is second to none. Our many years of experience have given us unrivalled, in-depth knowledge of the local market. Most importantly we are always here to help every step of the way. Bennett Walden will listen to you, find out what you want from the sale and work hard to achieve this.

We offer all our vendors constant feedback and updated progress reports. We want to achieve the best possible price for your property, but we also appreciate that speed is of the essence, especially if you’re in a property chain.

“I recently completed the sale of my flat with BW. It was a drawn-out and frustrating process, due to legal complications beyond our control, but Jamie was superb throughout -- proactive, reassuring and level-headed. Just the person to have on your side. Recommended 100%.” - Angela

Bennett Walden

Bennett Walden Offer:

We are the Experts

At Bennett Walden we pride ourselves on being specialists in the Hackney area for selling your property, and we aim to find you the perfect buyers for the best possible price. We look after every detail, from presenting and marketing through to completion.

Recognised Local Brand

Bennett Walden is one of the most recognised brands as estate agents Hackney, and we've been serving the local community since 1994. We attract many buyers every month through our marketing and local contacts.

Get you the best price for your property

By giving you an accurate valuation, we're able to sell your property quickly and at the best market price.


Pitching the price of your property correctly is a skill.  Too high and you won’t receive any interest.  Too low and the property sells for much less than it is worth.  An accurate valuation pulls together information from several resources:  The cosmetic, general structural condition and future potential of the property, the prices achieved for similar properties in the area. This information is reviewed and an appropriate asking price is offered to you.

2Selecting an estate agent

Selecting the perfect estate agent to represent your interest is most important. Sound local knowledge, well trained highly motivated staff; clear, fair terms of business, a competitive fee structure and a proven history of sealing deals should be high on your list of priorities. The agent that gives you the highest valuation is not always the best for you. Our staff are trained to an exceptionally high standard so you can rely on us.

3Instructing a solicitor

You will need to decide who will do your conveyancing.  Conveyancing is the term used to describe the legal process you must go through when buying or selling a home. Conveyancing can be done by a solicitor or a licensed conveyancer. Find out what their fees are, what other legal costs are involved and when these are payable.  We can recommend a solicitor if you do not have one.

4Presenting your property

Prospective buyers will come to view your property, by appointment through the estate agent. Ensure your home is tidy and clean. De-clutter and take down any personal photographs for viewings – it makes the property less personal to you and more of a blank canvas for those looking around.

5Marketing your property

To find the right buyer your property needs maximum exposure across a wide range of media. We offer a range of important marketing benefits which will aid in getting you the best possible price.

To raise the profile of your property we always recommend these following methods:

Erecting a For Sale board – This is one of the most effective ways to advertise and attract buyers to your property. They really do work and they advertise your property 24 hours every day. 

E-mail – The world of technology now enables us to send your property all around the world with a simple click of a button. 

Direct marketing – We will contact any prospective purchasers who are registered with us and inform them of your property within minutes of receiving your instructions. Any details will be sent via any methods of communication including emails and SMS alerts. Targeting a direct market of registers applicants ensures we don’t get time wasters.

Website and property portals – Our website is updated instantly and full details of your home will be placed as soon as details have been approved.  In addition to advertising on our website, we also advertise in local press and through national property portals.

6Accompanied viewings

Estates IT Theme believe that flexible opening times are essential to maximize viewing opportunities for your home. We know that our customers need to work around their usual daily commitments, resulting in a large number of our clients viewing after work or at weekends. Accompanied viewings allow us to share our expert knowledge on your property to achieve competitive offers. The safety of our clients is paramount therefore we never allow prospective buyers to visit un-accompanied.

7Receiving an offer


All offers will be reported both verbally and in writing and we will check all offers for their validity and ask for proof of funds.  We will also conduct checks under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Money Laundering Regulations 2003 and ensure that any mortgage offer is verified.  In the case of multiple offers, we will advise you on the best course of action.  

We will always try to achieve the best possible price for your home and act in your best interests throughout the transaction.


8Offer agreed


Before an offer is agreed we will check the buyer’s ability to purchase a property.  We can also contact the buyer’s personal mortgage adviser to confirm their financial commitment. This minimises the risk of a purchase falling through.

At the point of a sale being agreed, we will liaise with both your solicitor and the buyer’s solicitor and prepare the memorandum of sale and we will write to all parties confirming the agreed details of the sale.

Your solicitor will request the title deeds from the lender (if appropriate).  The solicitor will prepare the draft contract, which details the terms of the sale, and send it to the buyers’ solicitor together with all relevant documents.  The buyer’s solicitor will then start the preliminary checks.  The Title Deeds and Lease (if applicable) will be checked and local searches carried out.

Remember that in England an offer is not legally binding, so until contracts have exchanged your buyer could change their minds without financial loss.


9Exchange of contracts

At this stage both parties become legally committed to the sale, and if it falls through from this point onwards then the deposit is forfeited.  Contracts are signed by both parties and the solicitor requests the buyer’s deposit. A completion date is set and agreed upon by both you and the purchaser.  Unless agreed otherwise (e.g. a simultaneous exchange and completion) the completion date can be anything up to 28 days from the date of exchange.

Normally both parties will want a short period of time between exchange of contracts and completion to organise their move. If you haven’t done so already you should have arranged all packing and removal duties, informed everyone of your change of address and booked any



Completion occurs when all outstanding legalities have been completed and the balance of funds are transferred to your solicitor. The solicitor will let you know when this has happened and will inform us so that we can release the keys.  

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