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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An old house requiring repairs

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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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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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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Risky Business

Risky Business – Going Unconditional Without Finance Approval

We have been asked “Is it possible to go unconditional on an O & A contract, which is subject to finance, without finance approval being gained?” The short answer is “Yes”, however we don’t recommend this course of action We were reminded of this recently when a long term client shared an archive case story …

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