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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