In spite of the current turmoil in property markets all the world, the UK property market still remains one of the most buoyant property markets in the world. This could, at least in part, be attributed to the introduction of home information packs sometimes before the worst turmoil hit the global property market. The introduction of these home information packs eliminated a significant number of speculative home buyers, a factor which partly shielded the UK property market from being as hard hit by the turmoil as the US market, where speculative purchase of property was rifer. The relative stability of the UK property market and the relatively high demand for property in the UK has in turn led to an increasing number of people looking to buy property in the UK. Many of the people keen on buying property in the UK - both investors/home buyers from abroad and local UK investors/home buyers are seeking for information on how to get the process right.
The process of buying property in the UK - and indeed anywhere - has to start with a deliberate planning session, if one is to get it right. This involves soberly sitting down and carefully assessing your needs, ideally with a long-term perspective. If the property you are considering buying will be your family's accommodation, you are well advised to include all of them at this stage, to avoid complains on your choice of a family home later. The final result of this planning process should be a clear description of what qualifies as the ideal property for your needs - a description which you can then use as a blueprint as you go out shopping for a property. You will then need to do focused research in order for you to understand what such a property costs, and whether you can afford to pay for it in cash - or whether you will need to seek some form of credit financing for it (maybe a mortgage) - or whether you simply cannot afford it, in which case you would need to come up with another blueprint that is more in line with your means.
With a clear description of what makes an ideal property for your needs, you can now go out for the actual property shopping. You might decide to do this online - there are many websites listing properties on sale in the UK - or offline, maybe with the aid of a property agent. Once you identify a suitable property, you are well advised to bring in your solicitor - and give him a brief to oversee the transaction and ensure that the property has a good legal history, and has no legal controversies surrounding it. As a relatively unique feature of buying property in the UK, you will need to have survey and valuation done on the property - and you will be required to pay some extra fees to finance these processes. Once survey and valuation are properly completed, you can complete payment for the property - and this has to be done through a proper contract and through your attorney, to avoid legal complications later.
Though the completion of the property-purchase contract marks the successful completion of the property purchase process, a further step you are well advised to undertake is get insurance for your property, ideally before you move in.