Daniel Hobbin Estate Agents Torquay

Premium estate agency services throughout Torbay and the surrounding areas

With no hidden fees, we charge a simple selling fee of 1.2% (1% + VAT).

Free valuation What we offer
We advertise your property on all the major portals:
Virtual Tours

Virtual Tour

Technology has enabled potential buyers to access and view properties remotely through digital platforms, such as personal computers and mobile devices, regardless of their location. This feature, commonly known as a virtual tour, can help expedite the sale of a property by providing potential buyers with a virtual representation of the property, allowing them to gain an understanding of the living experience before scheduling an in-person viewing. Additionally, this approach increases the pool of potential buyers by eliminating geographical limitations. It also reduces the number of unnecessary viewings by providing a more accurate representation of the property.

Property Marketing


As the majority of property buyers begin their search online, it is vital that your listing is prominently displayed on the major property portals. Additionally, taking into account the growing popularity of social media platforms, we recommend actively targeting potential buyers nationwide who may be interested in your property. In order to enhance the appeal of the property, it is helpful to provide a well-written and comprehensive description that highlights the key characteristics of the property and its location. If the property description is well-crafted and compelling, it can significantly enhance the appeal of the property to potential buyers.

Estate Agency Package
Percentage fee of completed sale price 1% + VAT * 1.2% inclusive of VAT
Property valuation A local property expert will provide a free property valuation.
Photography Interior and exterior photos that are professionally enhanced.
Floor Plans A high-quality, full-colour floor plan with measurements.
Virtual Tour An interactive 3D virtual tour helps potential buyers from outside the local area fully appreciate your property.
Drone An overview of the property and surrounding area provided by aerial drone photography and a short video.
Advertising Listing on our website as well as Rightmove, Zoopla, On The Market and targeted social media marketing.
Enhanced Marketing The use of social media marketing to promote your property to targeted areas across the UK.
Viewings Manage and attend viewings of your property as well as keeping you informed of any feedback.
Offers Managing and informing you of all offers we receive for your property, negotiating and financially pre-qualifying interested buyers.
Solicitors We will instruct your solicitors once you've accepted an offer.
Documentation We will issue the memorandum of sale & supporting documentation once an offer has been accepted.
Conveyancing We will give conveyancing advice throughout the sales process together with managing the conveyancing progression through to completion.
Book Valuation

* There is a minimum fee of £2,350 inclusive of VAT. If we sell your property for £300,000, our total fee will be £3,600 inclusive of VAT (300,000 x 1.2%).

Most of the time, we use a drone to take elevated photography and video. However, in some cases, we may not use a drone, depending on the location of the property and if flight restrictions are in effect.

We can provide you with a free, no-obligation valuation without any commitment to use our services.

There used to be a seasonal 'spring bounce' and other peaks in activity, but there doesn't seem to be as many now. It is advisable to sell when you are ready. Some agents consider the winter to be a "quiet" season, but December is one of the busiest months!
To begin with, you need to determine the value of your home. We recommend getting at least three estate agents to value your property. The agent should be able to tell you about the services they provide, how the local market is performing, and what the sale price is for the neighbourhood. Take some time to ponder over all the information provided and then decide on a preferred estate agent.
Our service includes visiting your property, providing a valuation, taking professional photos, writing your property listing, and marketing it for you. For all our properties, we provide standard listings on Rightmove, Zoopla, Primelocation, On The Market, and many other property portals, including our own. Additionally, we use print publications and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to market homes as they are put on the market.
When you put your home on the market, it's imperative that you make it as appealing to potential buyers as possible. Having said that, you may not see a return on this investment if you spend a lot of time and resources renovating the property. This is because your tastes may be different from buyers' tastes. Consider redecorating in neutral colors if your rooms are very dark or have very busy wallpaper. When we carry out a free valuation, our experienced valuers will offer you their advice.
The government extended the Anti-Money Laundering Legislation in 2004 to require estate agents to verify their clients' identities. These procedures are carried out with the minimum amount of inconvenience.
We start the process of selling your home by taking photos, creating a description, recording measurements, and drawing floorplans. After you approve the details, your home will be listed online. This can be done as soon as 48 hours after instruction.
In most cases, an Energy Performance Certificate is required when selling a property; it rates the efficiency of the energy used and recommends ways to improve it. We can help you arrange for a certificate to be issued.
Daniel Hobbin Estate Agents receives the funds upon completion of your property sale from your solicitor.
No, we will accompany all viewings so that we can gauge their interest in your property and provide you with honest feedback.
That depends in part on the terms of the offer. Until contracts are signed and exchanged, neither the buyer nor seller are bound to the purchase or sale. Viewings are usually halted once an offer has been accepted and solicitors have been instructed to handle the sale. The buyer of a property may want to revisit the property after the offer has been accepted. For example, it could be to measure up, to check certain points or simply to show family members. Our recommendation would be to allow such requests where it is reasonable, because it helps maintain a good relationship with the buyer.
Once you have agreed to a sale, one of the directors in the business will handle negotiations with buyers, and they will continue to deal with them until the sale is completed and keys are handed over.
We work with some excellent solicitors every day and we will correspond with your solicitors and keep you informed of the sale's progress. You can communicate exclusively with us if you prefer.
The average length of time from instructing solicitors after a sale has been agreed is between 8 and 10 weeks. A variety of factors may affect the speed of a sale, and we will work to make sure that the transaction proceeds smoothly and at a reasonable pace for all parties involved.

It can be difficult to sell or purchase a home if you are unfamiliar with the terminology used by estate agents and solicitors. We have created a glossary of terms below in order to clarify each phrase or term:


Agreement in Principle

An agreement in principle from a mortgage lender provides an estimate of how much you can borrow. In making an offer for a property, it is usually used as proof that you have sufficient funds to pay for the property. Decision in principle, mortgage in principle, mortgage promise, or approval in principle are all terms that describe it.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR)

APR represents the true cost of borrowing money over time, including any fees for obtaining the loan, which are expressed as a percentage.

Applicant or Buyer

The person or persons interested in making an offer for a property or who are in the process of purchasing one.

Appraised Value

An estimate of a property's value provided by a surveyor or estate agent.

Appreciation or Depreciation

A property's value can increase (appreciation) or decrease (depreciation) when market conditions change.


Bank Rate/Base Rate

The interest rate set by the Bank of England which influences the cost of borrowing money. This rate is used as a benchmark by high-street banks and directly impacts how much it costs to borrow money.

Bridging Loan

Short-term loans are typically used to bridge the gap between two transactions. Borrowers may use bridging loans to fund deposits for property purchases if the sale of a property they are selling has not yet been completed.

Building Survey

A chartered surveyor inspects a property thoroughly and issues a report detailing the soundness of the property. You should consult a chartered surveyor when purchasing a property, especially if the property is older.

Buildings Insurance

In the event that a property is destroyed or damaged, this insurance policy is designed to cover the costs of rebuilding or repairing it. Usually, mortgage lenders require you to obtain buildings insurance as a condition of their loan.

Buy-to-let mortgage

Designed for people who intend to rent out their property. It is similar to a standard mortgage, but with some significant differences, like higher interest rates and a larger down payment.


Capital Gains Tax

A tax on profits from the sale of financial assets such as a house. You may not need to pay Capital Gains Tax on a property sale and you should check the government’s website or consult your solicitor.


A chain is formed when a buyer is dependent on their property sale completing to purchase their new home. Its not unusual for a chain to contain multiple inter-dependent property sales. The larger a chain gets, the more fragile a property sale becomes.


Chain free refers to a vendor/seller that does not need the proceeds of the property sale for an onward purchase. A chain-free property is more appealing to some buyers as it could mean a quicker transaction and a smaller chance of the chain collapsing.

Chancel Search

Find out if the property is in an area that requires it to pay towards church repairs.

Collective Enfranchisement

Collective enfranchisement is the act of purchasing the freehold of a building by the individual flat owners and requires the coordination of at least 50% of the tenants of the building.


Completion is the final step for both the buyer and seller and it involves transferring funds by the solicitors. Once funds are received and confirmed by the seller’s solicitors, the estate agent is instructed to release the keys to the buyer. Any outstanding invoices, such as estate agent fees, are usually settled the same day.

Completion statement

In addition to all financial transactions related to the sale/purchase, the solicitor's financial statement should include all costs and disbursements.

Conditions of sale

Agreements between the buyer and seller concerning the purchase or sale of a property. Standard conditions are set by the Law Society. Special conditions may be imposed by the conveyancing lawyer.


Collective ownership of the freehold and of a building with multiple occupancies, such as a block of flats. The owners of the freehold collectively help to manage and maintain the building.


The process of transferring a legal title of a property from one person or entity to another. A conveyancing transaction is typically carried out by solicitors and has two major phases, the exchange of contracts and completion.


A covenant is a promise to fulfil or restrict a certain action and is written into a deed associated with a property or piece of land. There are two types of covenants, positive and restrictive. A restrictive covenant could limit or prevent a certain use of a property whilst a positive covenant could be an obligation to maintain a fence or wall.



Deeds, also known as title deeds, are the legal title documents that show who the owner of the property is. Once a property is sold, the title deeds are transferred to the new owner and if the property is mortgaged, the lender will hold them.


A sum of money that is paid to the vendor on the exchange of contracts. There is no legal requirement from a buyer to pay a deposit on exchange but demonstrates a buyer’s commitment to the purchase of a property. Usually, a vendor requests an exchange deposit, and it usually doesn’t exceed 10% of the purchase price.


Dilapidations or terminal dilapidations generally refer to breaches of covenants or promises contained in a lease agreement. This could be in relation to the condition of a property or property maintenance during the term of the tenancy.


Fees accrued when purchasing a property, such as stamp duty, searches or land registry fees, which are also known as legal fees are paid by the solicitor on the buyer’s behalf.

Discharge Fee

Often in relation to paying off your mortgage early before the end of the agreed term, some lenders will have a discharge fee to release their hold over a property.

Discounted Rate

A reduction on a lender’s variable rate which is usually only available for a set period of time, after which the interest rate reverts to the lender variable rate.

Draft Contract

Drawn up when a property sale is initially agreed, a draft contract sets out the conditions of sale that will need to be confirmed by the seller’s solicitors.

Draft Transfer

Issued by the vendor’s solicitor stating the terms of the sale.

Drainage Search

Identify whether or not the surface drainage and/or foul drainage drains are connected to a public or private sewer.



A right to cross, enter or use someone else’s land for a specified purpose. Most commonly to describe a right of way between landowners.

Early Repayment Charge

A penalty charge levied by a lender if a mortgage is paid off early.


An end-terraced or end-of-terrace house is one that is attached only to one neighbour, which is in turn attached to two neighbours. Due to the terraced status of the neighbor, although it has only one neighbor like a semi-detached house, it is classified differently from it.

Endowment Mortgage

An Endowment is a savings plan designed to mature at the same time as your interest-only mortgage. It was designed to provide sufficient funds at maturity to repay your mortgage in full, although this isn’t always the case.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

An energy efficiency grade is given to a property on a scale of A-G (1-100). It’s a legal requirement for a property to have a valid EPC or for an EPC to be commissioned before any marketing unless the property is exempt. A property EPC can be found on the government’s website.


Equity is the value of your home minus any money you owe on a mortgage or home loan.


The initial sum that is paid on an insurance claim.

Exchange of Contracts

The act of exchanging signed contracts by both the buyers and sellers, legally binding them to the purchase and sale of the property at the agreed price and any other stipulations.


Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

An independent conduct regulator that regulates the financial services industry in the UK. FCA website

Fixed Rate Mortgage

A mortgage that has a fixed interest rate for a set amount of agreed time within the loan term.

Fixtures and Fittings

Fixtures and fittings are all non-structural items included with a property purchase. Fixtures refer to items that are attached or fixed to the building, whereas fittings are items that aren't attached to the property, unless by a screw or nail. Sellers and buyers usually assume that fixtures are to be included with a property sale, meanwhile, fittings are not generally included unless the vendor specifically mentions that they are.

Flexible Mortgage

Similar to a standard mortgage, with an agreement that can allow you to make overpayments, underpayments, and some circumstances, to take a payment holiday.

Flying Freehold

Used to describe a freeholder’s property that extends over or under another property boundary. Some examples include Balconies overhanging into another property, basements that go underneath into a neighbouring property, rooms or properties (maisonettes or houses) that are above or below another freehold property.


The owner of the land or property who has absolute permanent tenure and the freedom to dispose of it at will.



Following an agreement with another buyer, the seller accepts another offer. In England, this usually occurs before the exchange of contracts because the transaction isn't legally binding. The first buyer may be financially committed to the purchase and may have no other option but to increase their original offer as a result.


Both buyer and seller agree upon an offer, but the buyer reduces their offer at a later date and before the exchange of contracts. Buyers who use this tactic hope the sellers are mentally committed to the sale at this point and will believe they have no choice but to accept the deal. A similar situation can also arise when a particular locality's market conditions deteriorate.

Ground Rent

A charge levied annually by the freeholder on the leaseholder.


The person who is responsible for your mortgage and will be responsible for paying it if you default.


Home Buyers Report

In the homebuyer's report, the structural condition of most accessible parts of the property is discussed, but in-depth testing of water, drainage, and heating systems is not included.

Homebuyers Survey and Valuation

A property survey that includes a valuation and should reveal any major defects. It is not as detailed as a Structural or Building Survey. However, it should give your mortgage lender a fairly accurate indication of the value of the property you intend to purchase. In addition, it should give you a list of any major structural repairs that may be necessary.


Indemnity Insurance

Conveyancing firms purchase this type of insurance to cover their clients' losses resulting from mistakes or fraud.


Generally, prices have risen over time.

Interest Charges

Rates that banks charge on loans, expressed as a percentage.

Interest-Only Mortgage

During the term of the loan, the borrower repays only the interest and pays off the full loan amount at the end of the term.


Joint Income

A joint mortgage borrower's combined gross income.


Land Certificate

As proof of ownership, the Land Registry issues a land document to the owner. In addition to the register, it contains a plan showing the extent of the land.

Land Compensation

Land, or any interest in land, is acquired by an authority with compulsory purchase power either compulsorily, or by agreement, and also concerns the assessment of compensation.

Land Registry

Ownership of land is recorded by this official body.

Land Registry Fee

The fee that is paid to the Land Registry by a solicitor on behalf of a buyer. If you purchase the property as a freehold, this ensures that you are the legal owner of the land.

Land Search

Obtaining access to the Land Registry register through a formal request. The certificate shows the land's present state.


You own a property for a defined period of time. It reverts to the freeholder at the end of the lease term. Many flats are sold as leasehold or your house may be built on leasehold land.

Legal Fees

Your solicitor or conveyancer will charge you fees related to the purchase or sale of your home. Fees will also include any search or mortgage fees.

Life Cover

A policy that pays out a lump sum if you die - commonly used as collateral for a mortgage.


The term link-detached refers to a house or property that has no common walls with another home. However, they are typically connected by a garage.

Local Authority Search

In addition to providing information about the property's planning history, it can also reveal whether the Council is aware of any breaches of planning law. This includes because it can reveal any proposals for new roads and traffic schemes, tree preservation orders, conservation areas, etc. That could affect the property.


Maintenance Charge (or service charge)

An amount charged to the leaseholder for repairs and maintenance of external or internal parts of a building.


Apartments of a larger house that are self-contained (usually on two floors) and have an external entrance.


Lenders such as banks or building societies advance money on a property, which they must repay over an extended period of time.

Mortgage Deed

Grants certain rights to the lender over the property.

Mortgage Fees

The fee charged by your mortgage lender or financial adviser to arrange your mortgage.

Mortgage Offer

A letter from your lender confirming the loan for the purchase of the property.

Mortgage Repayment Protection (NIRP)

Insurance that covers your mortgage payments if you become ill.


Negative Equity

A property's value decreases below the remaining loan balance on the property.

NHBC scheme

Under this guarantee, defects occurring within a specified time after construction are remedied on certain newly constructed homes.


This is the amount a buyer proposes to pay for a property.

Offer of a Loan

Formal agreement approving the loan and detailing the terms and conditions.

Office Copy Entry

It confirms ownership of a property and any loans secured by it.


Peppercorn Ground Rent

An annual nominal rent.



Taking out a second mortgage to refinance a property or switching from one lender to another. A rise in value allows for taking advantage of any equity gained.


Repayment of a mortgage in full.

Repayment Mortgage

A mortgage in which interest is repaid through monthly installments and the outstanding capital is reduced.


Nonpayment of a mortgage results in the mortgage lender taking possession of the property.

Restrictive Covenant

It is a provision, usually found in the original title deed, which can legally restrict a property's use or enjoyment. A builder of a property adjacent to his own might bind the buyer and future owners not to build another building there.


Lenders have the option of holding back a portion of the mortgage until certain conditions have been met.



The process of requesting information regarding a property held by a local authority or by the Land Registry.


Linked to another house only by a common wall on one side.

Service Charge

An owner pays a service charge to cover the cost of providing various services (such as maintaining and repairing the building and common areas, and providing heating, lighting, and security).

Share of Freehold

A property with a freehold that is owned by a limited company, and its shareholders are its owners.

Sole Agent

An estate agent who is contracted by a seller to sell their property with no other estate agent contracted.

Stamp duty

The government tax which increases the price of buying your home, especially if it's a second home or a buy-to-let in London.

Subject to contract

You have agreed to purchase the property, the seller has accepted your offer, but the sale could fall through until the contracts are exchanged.



There is a wall on both sides of a property in a row of other properties.

Title Deeds

Documents showing ownership of land and buildings. Among them are conveyances, sales contracts, wills, mortgages and leases.

Title Insurance

Taking out an insurance policy to facilitate the completion of a sale. The documentation needed to prove legal ownership of a part of the land they are buying could be problematic.

Title Search

During the conveyancer's or solicitor's investigation of a property, they look at its history of ownership. Any liens, unpaid claims, restrictions, or other problems that might affect ownership will be checked out in the search.


Under Offer

The status of a property before it is exchanged contracts when a seller has accepted an offer from a buyer.



An assessment of a property's value for mortgage purposes. This is required by mortgage lenders before lending money.


The seller of a property.

Void Period

The period during which the property is empty/unoccupied.