A Timely Reminder - Verification of Identity Now Required for Buyers

A Timely Reminder – Verification of Identity Now Required for Buyers

Landgate’s Verification of Identity (VOI) requirements for property sellers within WA have been in place since July 2012. To date these measures have been an effective way of minimising the likelihood of fraudulent real estate transactions. Since then, updates to the Land Titles Registration policies mean there is now a requirement for VOI for property …

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A comprehensive guide to completing your pre-settlement inspection

If you’ve bought a home using a standard REIWA Offer and Acceptance you’re entitled to complete a pre-settlement inspection. But your right to complete that inspection has limits, as we explain below. What is a pre-settlement inspection? A pre-settlement inspection allows you to check that the seller has complied with their obligations under the contract. …

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First home owners grant and rebates – 5 things you need to know that could save you thousands

It is often said, “It’s not what you know, but who you know in life that counts.” But when it comes to First Home Owners Grant and Rebates, knowing what is available and who can help you with the process are equally important. Because ongoing changes to the government’s First Home Buyers Grant and Rebates …

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How a finance approval letter could cost thousands in penalty interest

How a finance approval letter could cost thousands in penalty interest

A recent call from an agent has highlighted the risks to buyers when they fail to notify the seller that their finance has been approved. In this instance, the buyer had told the agent they had received finance approval. But, in an attempt to delay settlement, they refused to provide the written notice required by …

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How smart buyers deal with settlement delays

How smart buyers deal with settlement delays

You’ve signed the contract. Finance is approved. The sold sticker is up. You’re just days away from settlement and moving in to your new home. And then the news you weren’t expecting – the seller won’t settle! They tell you they’re involved in an interstate purchase that needs to fall over before this one can …

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It's a Case of Sooner, Rather Than Later - Addressing Special Conditions

It’s a Case of Sooner, Rather Than Later – Addressing Special Conditions

It’s important for sellers to be aware that preparations for the final inspection of their property should not be left until the last minute, especially if a seller has entered into an O&A which includes any Special Conditions. In fact any Special Conditions need to be addressed sooner rather than later, as one seller discovered …

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It's the Little Things That Count - Disconnecting Utilities

It’s the Little Things That Count – Disconnecting Utilities

Once an Offer and Acceptance has gone “unconditional” on their property, time seems to literally fly by for most sellers. With the myriad of last minute items to attend to before settlement and the excitement of the big move, it’s easy to see how some details can slip through the cracks, even for the most …

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball - Arranging the Discharge of Mortgage

Keep Your Eye on the Ball – Arranging the Discharge of Mortgage

The sales process can undoubtedly be a stressful time for sellers. With pre sale preparations, home opens, inspections and price negotiations, sellers often feel like sitting back and breathing a sigh of relief once an Offer and Acceptance is agreed upon. However, it’s vital that sellers are made aware of their key responsibilities and the …

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Moving House - It's a Case of Having a Plan B

Moving House – It’s a Case of Having a Plan B

As they say “failing to plan, is planning to fail” however we find that when it comes time for clients to co-ordinate their house move with their settlement date, it’s wise to maintain some flexibility with the planning. This includes the all-important booking date for removalists because a scheduled settlement date is not always guaranteed …

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