Buying Guide

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Financial Advice

You won’t be able to get a mortgage offer until about six months before completion, however it depends on which lender you use. A financial advisor will give a good steer as to what can be borrowed and when you should begin the formal application process. We have Independent Financial Advisers who can assist with any borrowing needs you may have, and Wealth Management partners who can advise on your ongoing investment strategy.

Arrange a mortgage

What your aims are

Are you looking to live in the property or is it an investment? If it’s an investment, are you looking for a solid rental yield or long-term capital growth, or both?

Instruct a solicitor

Finding the right property

We have a variety of locations and price points available. Due to our relationships, networks and brand strength we work directly with UKs leading developers to bring you the very best of London property. Browse through our listings or contact our specialist investment team and we will be able to help you select the perfect product to suit your needs.

Arrange Viewing

Reservation & Deposit

Once you’ve found a property you like, you will need to complete a reservation form and pay your reservation deposit which takes the apartment off the market and goes towards the purchase of the apartment. This isn’t a deposit, it’s typically around £1,000 - £2,000, but will come off the final price. At this stage, you’ll need to appoint a solicitor.

The viewing

Appointing a solicitor

As part of our business ethos and HTH 360, we have carefully selected a panel of solicitors specialising in acting for both first time and seasoned investors acquiring property off plan, who are therefore subject to the strict time constraints imposed by developers and vendors. Our member firms are on the panel for a number of UK developers and banks across Asia, furthermore fluent in a variety of foreign languages to efficiently expedite the process.. This, in particular, eases the process for overseas clients acquiring property in the UK for investment or owner-occupation purposes. The exchange process usually takes around 3-4 weeks.

Submitting an offer


You will usually be required to put down 10% of the purchase price (minus your reservation fee already paid). Even though the property doesn’t exist yet, when you pay your deposit and sign the developers purchase agreement, you’re entering into a contract to buy the property. Depending on the development, there may be further staged payments due before completion.

Acceptance of offer

The Build

Now you can sit back and watch the building going up, and your apartment being constructed. The developer will often send updates during this period to let you know how construction is progressing.


Arranging a Mortgage

Once you have exchanged, check with your financial advisor when you should start your formal mortgage application process. It depends on the lender but generally it is around six months prior to completion

Survey and mortgage offer

Preparing for post-completion

If the purchase is for investment purposes our investment teams will make sure you are prepared. The team will be able to help you furnish the property and try to pre-let it for you so that you have a tenant in situ from as early as possible.

Exchange of contracts


When your apartment is ready, you will be sent a completion notice telling you how long you have to complete on your purchase - usually about two weeks. You will need to let your mortgage company know and your solicitor will do the rest. You will be able to collect the keys on the day of completion, however if you are based overseas we will manage the handover for you.


New Homes
We are recognised by UKs market leading developers as a property investment powerhouse. This in turns has allowed us to receive appointment and continually bring you the very best of what the UK property market has to offer. Our range of New Homes speak for themselves and we are regularly at the forefront of new launches.
HT Heritage have teamed up with some of the market leading firms in New Home sales to deal with the practical difficulties of conveyancing thoroughly and efficiently and with a view to protecting our clients commercial and personal interests.
Connecting investors with the world’s leading lenders and finance providers is a key part of HTH 360. Through our strong and exclusive global network, our partners are able to source and secure access to the most competitive mortgages in key world markets.
Asset Management
As part of our HTH 360 service this is yet another key area we identified and focused closely on. HT Heritage have teamed up with leading London agent, Tafaders, to offer professional asset management services to ensure you are given all the guidance you require to reap the rewards of your investment as soon as possible.
Resale / Exit
Our preferred partner, Tafaders, can advise you on the best time to put your property onto the market and realise your investment potential, whichever market you’re in, we have a wide variety of sales channels to support you.
HT Heritage offer a bespoke furnishing solution for investors, part of HTH 360. Furniture packs are comprehensive and thoughtfully designed to attract quality tenants. We have tailored and designed three furniture packs based on cost and suitability as each property and landlord is unique which we can offer you.