Buying a home with Juno: how it works
Buying a new home can be scary. Whether it’s your first or fifth home, we make it as simple as possible.
How do I buy a home with Juno?
Once you’ve saved for a deposit, you need to find out how much you can borrow as a mortgage. After that, you’ll have an idea of your budget and can start on the exciting bit — looking for your perfect property.
You'll also need a solicitor — that's where we come in. Sign up to Juno as soon as you start looking for your dream home, so we can get everything ready to go as soon as you make an offer. It's free to sign up.
We’ll deal with the boring legal stuff (like searches on your property and lining things up with your mortgage lender), before we create a report containing everything there is to know about your new home. We've got a sample report you can look at, to see what kind of thing we'll send you.
Once you’ve read that and you’re happy, you can go ahead with the purchase. We'll finalise the contract with the seller's lawyer, and then you'll sign all the necessary documents. A completion date will be agreed — usually one or two weeks after we exchange signed contracts.
Basically, we'll do all the hard work so you can focus on what’s important — getting ready to move.
How long will it take, and what do I need?
Normally, the whole process takes around 3 months, but this can change. It all depends on how long it takes us to gather the information we need about the property, so we can draft the report.
We’ll kick things off by carrying out our standard ID checks. Have copies of your ID documents and 3 months of bank statements ready, so we can get going with the more important stuff. If you want to see what we're looking for, take a look at our guide to ID checks.
Unlike other law firms, we’ll automatically chase any missing information required to keep your purchase moving — so you're in your new home as fast as possible.
How much will it cost?
Buying a new home might be the biggest purchase you’ll ever make.
As well as the property price, you’ll pay registration fees to the Land Registry, plus stamp duty (tax) if your new home is over £125,000 — although different rules apply for first time buyers.
When it comes to legal fees, we keep it straightforward. It's free to sign up, and once you've had an offer accepted there's an up-front charge of £250 so we can get you set up and order your searches. You'll pay the rest of the fee on completion, for a grand total of £1,175 for a freehold property or £1,349 for leasehold or share of freehold.
If your purchase falls through, for any reason, we won't charge the rest of the fee. And we'll cover the cost of a new set of searches on your next attempt (if you decide to stick with us).
Why should I choose Juno?
You'll always know what's going on
We keep in touch throughout the purchase, so you're always up to date. Writing your report can take time, but we’ll always chase the right people for the information we need.
There’s no hidden costs
At Juno, we’ll never charge you extra for property searches, ID checks or bank transfers — everything's included in our flat fee.
We're easy to understand
Legal jargon can slow things down. Your report will be sent in plain English, so you know exactly what you're buying.