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A complete 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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Enduring Power of Attorney: Don't overlook the details

Enduring Power of Attorney: Don’t overlook the details

What is an EPA? An EPA (Enduring Power of Attorney) is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone (known as an attorney) to manage your property and financial affairs in your best interests when you are unable to do so yourself. You can authorise your attorney to make property and financial decisions on …

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What can Delay your Finance Approval

What can delay your finance approval? Find out here

The Perth property settlement process involves moving parts that all need to come together for settlement day. These include paperwork, legal documents and transfer papers. Finance approval is an important part of the process and one that is delayed or taken for granted by property buyers. The list of items required to process and approve …

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Why safety should be your top priority when selecting a settlement agent

Why safety should be your top priority when selecting a settlement agent

Caveat emptor – let the buyer beware. So goes the old adage, and a handful of Perth people have learnt this lesson the hard way. A recent ABC News report told the story of one such victim. An elderly pensioner was in the process of purchasing a property in Perth’s western suburbs when internet scammers …

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Keep Your Home In Shape: Your Annual Home Maintenance Planner

The home maintenance schedule every home owner should follow Owning a property is a huge financial responsibility with a host of recurrent costs that come along with ownership. But you can minimise unnecessary costs and stresses with regular maintenance and a bit of DIY. Of course, maintaining a home takes time and effort. That’s why …

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White Ants: Don't Let These Little Pests Ruin a Deal

White Ants: Don’t Let These Little Pests Ruin a Deal

Sometimes it’s the little things that cause the biggest headaches during settlement. This was certainly the case for one unsuspecting seller when a dispute arose between himself and the buyer after the discovery of live termites in a tree stump. In this instance, Mr Jones (not his real name) accepted an offer that was subject …

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How rookie advice about a structural inspection almost cost a buyer thousands

A recent settlement case has highlighted the need for agents to understand the implications of ‘structural inspection clauses’, particularly, what it addresses and what it doesn’t.   This was clearly demonstrated when a rookie agent incorrectly advised a buyer that some maintenance issues at a property would be covered by a structural inspection clause, potentially …

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