Lawson has role in new pilot study to speed up property process

03 September 2020
Lawson has role in new pilot study to speed up property process

Estate agency…Only better!

That’s the slogan of Lawson Estate Agents- and now it is part of a pilot scheme designed to make the house buying process even better too.

As a member of the Plymouth Area Property Professionals Association (PAPPA), the agency will be watching with interest as the new Sellers Electronic Advanced Legal (SEAL) pack is put through its paces.

Managing Director Darren Lawson will be keeping an even keener eye, as current chairman of the association, which is made up of property professionals in the Plymouth area, such as estate and lettings agencies, commercial agents, chartered building surveyors and conveyancing solicitors.  

PAPPA members will be working with a number of Plymouth legal firms in trialling the SEAL packs, which will contain the necessary information conveyancing solicitors have to gather before a property sale can go ahead.

What makes the SEAL different though is that the solicitors will pull this crucial information together once the property actually gets listed, as opposed to when the sale is agreed, which is what happens currently.

Darren said: “As an agency that always prides itself on impeccable levels of customer service, the SEAL packs could make a real difference to what can be a sometimes unnecessarily slow process, which clients can get frustrated with.

“What is also nice to see is that Plymouth is once again leading the way in a new and exciting initiative, aimed at improving the way our industry does business, for the benefit of both buyers and sellers.

A total of 12 Plymouth law firms are taking part in the trial and it is hoped that use of the SEAL packs will dramatically cut the time it takes to complete a property transaction, as well as minimising the risk of abortive work.

It is also the second innovative property initiative that agencies like Lawson, and other PAPPA members, have been involved with.

In 2018, the association was part of the launch of a standardised enquiry checklist, which stops property transactions being delayed because important questions relating to a sale or purchase are either not raised or directed to the wrong person.

“It is great to see PAPPA playing such a key role in this latest initiative and I would particularly like to thank those legal firms taking part in the pilot scheme for their efforts too. I’m certain it will be a real success,” added Darren.

The legal firms that have signed up for the trial are: Brights, Chartahouse, Curtis Whiteford Crocker, Earl & Crocker, Evans Harvey, GA, Gard & Co, Kitsons, Nash & Co, Thompson & Jackson, Wolferstans and Woollcombe Yonge.