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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Seeing Double: When 2 Contracts = Double the Stamp Duty

Seeing Double: When 2 Contracts = Double the Stamp Duty

Having completed thousands of settlements for our clients over the last 29 years, it’s easy to understand that the team at Residential Settlements have pretty much “seen it all” when it comes to handling O & A’s and the settlement process. However, a current case literally had us “seeing double” when an unfortunate error made …

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Avoid these 2 common issues which cause delays

Avoid these 2 common issues which cause settlement delays

Settlement delays… No one wants them, however we have found it can often be the most routine and run of the mill issues which can “slip through the net” and potentially result in stressful delays when it comes to completing a property settlement on time. A recent “close shave” case illustrates how a combination of …

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Company Directorship Changes

The Settlement Period Isn’t The Time To Make This Simple Mistake.

The period between finance and settlement isn’t the time to make changes to the directorship of a company buying a property. That’s the lesson a director learned the hard way recently. Having purchased a property in the name of his company – of which he was sole director – he signed the Transfer of Land …

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