Property Purchase Solicitor — Scotland

When it comes to buying a property, our legal team understands what's at stake. We at Watermans know what a big deal it is for you, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Speak to our property purchase solicitor and start looking for your dream home.


"I used Watermans for the purchase of my property in Edinburgh. Shawn Wood came recommended and from our 1st contact he was professional and friendly. He made the legal process stress-free. I would highly recommend Watermans for any property purchase."

P Strain, Estate Agency & Conveyancing Services

The Short of It

  • Whether you're a first-time buyer or someone looking to add to your property portfolio,

    our expert conveyancing solicitors are ready to help.

  • At Watermans, we work with you;

    from your free, no-obligation consultation right through to when you get the keys for your new property. You’ll discover the convenience of buying a property wi

  • We handle the legal side of things,

    from calculating land registry fees to Land and Building Transaction Tax (Scotland’s form of stamp duty land tax), so that you can enjoy the experience of findi

  • Everything we do at Watermans is about working in your best interests

    to get you the resolution you need and providing straightforward legal advice. It should be that simple.

  • The Long of It

    Why Watermans?

    Why should I choose Watermans to purchase a property?

    At Watermans, we have over 30 years of experience in helping people get on the property market. Our team of solicitors and estate agents know the housing market, and we understand the rollercoaster of emotions involved in purchasing a property.

    There are so many complicated aspects of buying a house, such as land tax calculations, land registry, negotiating with a mortgage lender, getting legal ownership, and more.

    Whether you’re a first-time buyer worried about property price and processes or looking for a larger property for your growing family, we understand the nerves and excitement that go with a house purchase.

    We even lend our expertise to seasoned property buyers looking to expand and develop their portfolios. Even if it’s not your first time looking for a property for purchase, we understand there is still a lot of stress associated with land tax, planning permission, dealing with the seller’s solicitor and preparing for other fees.

    Our approach to property-buying

    Whatever your property needs, buying a house is made easy with Watermans.

    We know it can be a stressful and difficult time, which is why we provide a property-buying service tailored to your needs with affordable legal fees. We are here to guide you every step of the way in buying a house so that you can find that moment of relief in sealing a deal with the right purchase price.

    We pride ourselves on our personalised approach; we don’t just do calculations to help you pay land tax; we endeavour to build a genuine, meaningful relationship with you. For us, buying a house is not just a transaction, it is our passion.

    We join you and share in your excitement and concerns, which ultimately allows us to better represent you in the house-buying process and achieve the best results. Our solicitors for property purchase will be waiting to celebrate together when we transfer the ownership of your perfect home into your hands.

    Discover the convenience of buying a property with Watermans — recommended conveyancing solicitors in Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland.

    What is included in Watermans property purchase service?

    At Watermans, we understand that buying a property is an important milestone in your life, and the legal process can seem quite daunting. However, we explain the property buying process in straightforward terms and handle all the legal aspects for you.

    As part of our conveyancing process at Watermans, a solicitor for buying a house will take on the following responsibilities:

    • Explain information in the Home Report and other documentation
    • Explain legal terms and the buying process
    • Determine the best amount to offer to secure your new home
    • Use professional purchasing tactics and negotiate on your behalf.
    • Provide a Note of Interest and make a Formal Offer on your behalf
    • Complete the full conveyancing process
    • Help set you up with a recommended mortgage broker

    Whether you are a first-time buyer or someone adding to their property portfolio, we are here to help. We guide you from your initial interest in a property right up to the exchange of keys. We update you when a house comes on the market that meets your requirements and assist you in finding a mortgage that suits you. With our property solicitors in Edinburgh and across Scotland, your property purchase will be efficient, cost-effective and simple.

    Found a Property?

    We can register a Note of Interest or submit an offer on your behalf

    Have you found a property that appeals to you? Congratulations! Finding your dream home is a difficult task, especially when you have a lot of different requirements in order to satisfy your vision. Let us know all about it, and we will send a formal Note of Interest on your behalf. Once a formal Note of Interest is sent in, it will ensure that:

    • The estate agent and seller are made aware of your interest in the property
    • You have the opportunity to make an offer on your dream property
    • They will inform you if there is a specific closing date for offers
    • Our company will have more time to advise you about the purchase of your desired property and strategise your next move
    • We can find out how many other Notes of Interest have been submitted and plan accordingly
    • We can gauge the level of competition regarding your chosen property and advise you on the next steps to ensure you’re the one signing that final contract

    What Next?

    How do I get started with a property purchase?

    If you are ready to buy a property or would simply like to enquire about how to begin the search for your dream home, book a free purchase consultation with Watermans today.

    Our friendly and knowledgeable legal team will answer any questions you may have and discuss the house-buying process from start to finish. We take the time to get to know you and understand your needs and expectations in the property-buying process. We offer advice every step of the way, working closely with you to secure your dream home.

    Let us help you make the best offer

    When you are ready to submit an offer on your dream home, we will utilise our in-depth knowledge of the property market, reviewing the current trends and our expertise in the area to determine the best offer to submit.

    In the process of planning and sending a Note of Interest, you will potentially save a lot of money and time. Additionally, you will find peace of mind in knowing that you have the best possible plan in place. After this, our responsibilities include:

    • Implementing a bidding strategy to ensure you stay ahead of the competition.
    • Performing negotiations on your behalf so you do not have to pay more than you have to.
    • Liaising with you during negotiations so you are consistently kept in the loop with transparent communication.
    • Creating a plan of action just in case your offer is refused
    • Determining a strong counter-offer in the instance that your initial offer was refused — we also advise you on the next steps from here.
    • Completing the conveyancing process on the acceptance of an offer, ensuring the legal exchange of contracts
    • Celebrating the purchase of your new home with you!

    Property Purchase Solicitors - FAQs

    Other than the cost of property transactions and the price of your new home, you can expect to pay legal, surveyor and land registry costs. Of course, you have to pay mortgage fees as well.

    The vast majority of solicitors charge a fixed fee or work on a no-win, no-fee basis. A solicitor for buying a house will provide a full breakdown of the costs of your property purchase and the final transfer as part of conveyancing services.

    Real estate agents assist in helping you find your dream home according to your vision and budget. They also do property inspections and can help you start the negotiation process with the seller to purchase the property. A solicitor assists with the legal side of buying a property, including the contract, loans, tax, and more.

    Property chains are transactions that rely on each other. For example, if you’re a first-time buyer, you are at the bottom of the chain because you have no home to sell, whereas to buy a home, the person above you in the chain has to be selling one.

    Buying a property does not have to be that complicated. With a property purchase solicitor from Watermans, you’ll enjoy a simple, efficient house-buying experience. Start the process by calling us on 0131 555 7055.

    Get in touch with us

    Everything we do at Watermans is about getting you the resolution you need and making that process straightforward. Start the process by sending us your details below or calling us on 0131 555 7055

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    Our property expert

    “My clients would describe me as being approachable, down to earth and easy to get on with. This allows me to build relationships with my clients and provide straightforward legal advice without all the jargon.”

    Shawn Wood, Head of Conveyancing