Franklins 28

The fast logical way to buy & sell in just 28 days

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  • Franklin's 28


    Contract ready properties. A first for Ireland.

    Since 1999 Franklins have injected a breath of fresh air into property sales in Co Donegal. We proudly introduced ‘28’ early in 2014 and now see most sales complete in a fraction of the time they used to.

    We are steadily consigning to the past sales that fall through due to inefficiency. In the times in which we live the archaic process still in place with most firms simply is not good enough.

    With Franklins you will benefit not only from our extensive experience but our constant striving to offer you, our client, the best possible service. You deserve no less.

    When a sale is agreed, contracts are issued immediately.

    28 'From house to home' - property sales in weeks not months.

    “The 28 day method is a simple and effective method of ensuring a seamless and stress free transaction for both the vendor and the purchaser alike.”

    Catherine Kelly. Boyce Kelly Solicitors

    “This product delivers certainty.”

    Gary Clarke. Lanigan Clarke Solicitors

    “We agreed a purchase in Downings with Franklins on 30th April and had signed the unconditional contract by May 20th – 14 working days. Clearly ‘28’ works. Why should it take any longer?”

    Tony & Dympna Lagan. Cookstown, Co.Tyrone

    Properties marked ‘28’ appealed to us straight away. Franklins worked with us and together we found our perfect home. The transaction proved simple and fast. We signed the contract 16 days after the sale was agreed and we have no doubt this new initiative will attract future buyers like us!

    Mr & Mrs Buckley. Nice, France

  • Title Deeds / Map and Identity

    Title Deeds / Map & Identity

    In order for your solicitor to prepare contracts they will need the title deeds. If you do not have a mortgage you will need to locate the title deeds which may be with your solicitor.

    If your house is mortgaged the title deeds will be held by your bank. You will need to give written authorisation to your solicitor to obtain title deeds from the bank. It takes approximately 2 weeks to get your title deeds from the bank.

    Your solicitor must order an up to date map from the Land Registry which takes approximately 1 week to arrive.

  • Planning Permission

    Planning Permission

    Any house built since the 1st October 1964 requires planning permission. The solicitor will need to make sure that the planning documentation is in order. This will usually involve an architect's certificate stating that the conditions of the planning regulations have been complied with. This should be with the title documents. Buyers just need a loan agreed in principle so a formal application can be submitted as soon as they find their ideal home, plus a solicitor and a surveyor. A survey should then be carried out within a couple of days.

    If you have renovated or extended your property since purchase, you will need to obtain a copy of the recent planning permission together with an architect's certificate of compliance with planning permission and building regulations or exemption from planning permission. If there are any development charges referred to in the planning permission you will need to obtain a letter from the council confirming these charges have been paid.

  • Building Energy Rating Certificate BER

    Building Energy Rating Certificate BER

    You will need to obtain a BER certificate. It is a legal obligation for Franklins to include the BER rating in the sales brochure.

  • Fixtures and Fittings

    Fixtures and Fittings

    If any furniture, light fittings or fixtures are included in the sale price you will need to prepare a list of these items.

  • PPS Numbers

    PPS Numbers

    You must have a valid PPS (Social Security) number in order to sell any property. If you do not have a PPS number you will need to apply for a PPS number to the Department of Social Protection who can take 6-8 weeks to issue a PPS number.

  • Local Property Tax / Household Charge / Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR)

    Local Property Tax / Household Charge / Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR)

    Local Property Tax

    You will require clearance from Revenue that the Local Property Tax is paid. In most cases clearance can be obtained by accessing the LPT online system. To obtain general clearance log on to the LPT online system at using:

    - The property ID

    - Property PIN

    - Your PPS number or Tax Reference number

    You should select the Property History Screen to view the relevant LPT details which can be printed off and used to satisfy the purchaser that the property has no outstanding LPT issues.

    Household Charge

    You will require a Certificate of Discharge that the Household Charge (which was abolished in 2013) was paid for 2012-2013. If a property is exempt from the Household Charge or you are entitled to a waiver, you will require a Certificate of Exemption or Waiver.

    Certificates can be obtained by contacting Household Charge Support Centre, PO Box 12168, Dublin 1 or LoCall 1890 357357 or 01 4853695 quoting your PPS number and the property ID. The certificate takes approximately 10 days to issue.

    From 1st July 2013 all arrears of the Household Charge were increased to €200 and added to the Local Property Tax (LPT) due on the property. The arrears of the Household Charge will be converted into LPT and payable through the LPT system to Revenue.

    Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR)

    If the property is not your principal residence you will need to pay the NPPR and print out a Certificate of Discharge from the NPPR website.

  • Management Company / Local Authority Confirmation

    Management Company / Local Authority Confirmation

    If your house or apartment is in an estate which is managed by a management company you will need to obtain a receipt for the payment of service charges, a copy of the most recent management accounts and the contact details of the management company for your solicitor.

    If the property is situated in a housing estate a letter from the local authority confirming whether the roads and services in the development have been taken in charge by the Local Authority must be obtained. If seeking the letter from Donegal County Council it can take up to 6-8 weeks.

  • Land Registry Instrument / Septic Tank Registration

    Land Registry Instrument / Septic Tank Registration

    If there is a burden on the Folio comprised within the Land Registry instrument the instrument should be ordered by the solicitor without delay as at the moment Land Registry are taking approximately 6 weeks to issue instruments.

    If there is a septic tank / treatment system serving the property a registration certificate under the Waters Services (Amendment) Act 2012 must be furnished.

  • reparing the Contracts For Sale

    Preparing the Contracts For Sale

    The contract for sale is drawn up once the solicitor has received all the documentation.

    Your solicitor can then send the contracts and title deeds to us by electronic mail and we can upload the contracts and title deeds to our website.

    Prospective buyers may want to check the title documents before purchasing and this will speed up this process. Their solicitor, surveyor or architect can register with us and obtain access to these documents. Once a sale is agreed the contracts can be sent to the purchaser's solicitor by email the same day the sale is agreed. The purchaser's architects or surveyor can also access the documents for the purpose of carrying out a survey if required.

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